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THE THEME OF OBSESSION IN "FRANKENSTEIN"

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Transcript of THE THEME OF OBSESSION IN "FRANKENSTEIN"

Introduction
"Authors leave
fingerprints
on the works they write."
Proof?
What Victor's Obsession Led To
Creation of a deserted and depressed creature.
Clerval's Obsession
Cares
for Victor with "ardent affections" (page 155) after he falls apart when finished with his creation.






Faithfully

accompanies
Victor and doesn't ask questions on their journey to England.
Victor's Obsession
Confirmed by his dreaming of "
what glory would attend the discovery
" (p. 37) due to
passion
for scientific revelations.







Led him into claiming that he has "
lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit
" (page 52) due to
extraction

of self
from environmental or social interactions.
THE THEME OF OBSESSION IN "FRANKENSTEIN"
How Mary Shelley's Perspective on Human Nature and Obsession is Portrayed Throughout Her Novel, "Frankenstein"
Cognizant of each story is a
message
, a concept of
humanity
, or a certain
perspective
inferred between the lines.
Not only a source of entertainment, "Frankenstein" also reveals the author's, Mary Shelley's,
certain opinions on the idea of
human

nature
.
Thesis
Mary Shelley places the recurring theme of obsession as a part of human nature that only arises when one is displaced from their currently extant "positive" nature.
1. Victor's
desire
for praise and recognition.

2. Clerval's
loyalty
to Victor.

3. The creature's
determination
to revenge his creator.
"Cramped and narrowed (Victor)" (p. 68).
Abandonment of the creature, resulting in it an angry monster that sets forth a
sequence

of destructive
events.
What Clerval's Obsession Led To
His fierce
loyalty
to Victor is why he was murdered by the Monster.
Creature's Obsession
To become accepted
socially
instead of being "solitary and abhorred" (page 98).







To
revenge
Victor whom the monster "swear(s) inextinguishable hatred" (page 132).
What The Creature's Obsessions Led To
The
death
of seven characters, including Frankenstein and The Monster.
The creature turned into a monster who "vowed eternal
hatred
and
vengeance
to all mankind" (page 130).
Obsession Motif in Novel
warns against
destructive

powers of obsession.
implies that humanity can thrive on human goodness if
greedy

obsession
does not take over.
"
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transistory desire to disturb his tranquility
" (page 53).
In Conclusion
The theme of obsession is prevalent throughout the novel as Mary Shelley presents her view on human nature and entertains us through exposing the
lurking darkness in personalities and desires.
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Print.
"Baby" IOP
Batool Khalil
Mr. Andrew Tomlinson's 11-B English Literature Class
Presented November 25th, 2014
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