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Tragic Flaw Within A Tragic Hero:

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Lexi Benscoter

on 19 December 2013

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Transcript of Tragic Flaw Within A Tragic Hero:

Victor Frankenstein is well gifted in the realm of knowledge. Victor’s quest for the secret of life and over all, ultimate knowledge drives him to his downfall. Victor sacrifices the comfort of the realm of known knowledge in his pursuit of creating life. This shows the reader that Victor Frankenstein's tragic flaw is centered within his thirst for knowledge beyond what anyone else has accomplished and also his hubristic nature in trying to take on nature's role in life.
Textual Citation #1
"So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation"(Shelley 86).
Textual Citation #2
"It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn [...] still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world" (Shelley 60).
What is the The Creature's tragic flaw?
The hideous creature was once his creator's only concern. Before life, the creature was Frankenstein's pride and joy. Although, Victor Frankenstein saw the horrible deed he had done once life was breathed into the monster. First gentle and kind, the monster sought love and appreciation like any living thing. The love from his creator was never found. The result of his own creator's rejection was a deep hatred and desire of revenge. The monster's sole purpose became that of destroying Victor Frankenstein which in turn destroyed the monster. Seeking hateful revenge became the creature's tragic flaw.
Tragic Flaw Within A Tragic Hero By Lexi Benscoter.
Textual Citation #1
"I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my arch enemy, because my creator, do I swear inexstinguishable hatred" (Shelley 336).
This quote exemplifies the hatred for Victor from within the Creature. If Victor does not comply with the Creature's demands then he would live a life of suffering. Due to the Creature's rejection from the world surrounding him he feels he is left with no other choice than to make his Creator suffer if he is unwilling to provide him with happiness.
Textual Citation #2
"Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy-- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim" (Shelley 329).
Once discovering the identity of the young boy, the monster's deep hatred was unleashed and powered him to commit an evil ded. Because of this the creature feels somewhat justified that he has initially hurt Victor. This first crime is one that sets the chain of events that occur between Frankenstein and his Creation as they evolve together through the novel.
Victor’s reference to himself in the third person illustrates how he is driven by his passion, unable to control it. This assertive statement also foreshadows the fact that Victor’s passion will not be altered by any of the possible horrific consequences of his search for knowledge exemplifying his tragic flaw.
Within this Statement Victor Frankenstein's true desires are revealed. Success to him was gaining the knowledge that no other human had yet posessed. His strong willed and determined characterization send him into the world doomed by fate to fail because of his overpowering desire to obtain all knowledge and take on a 'godly' role in creating life.
What is Victor Frankenstein's tragic flaw?
Tragic Flaw:
Tragic flaw is a literary element that leads to a characters downfall. In the novel Frankenstein (underline) Victor Frankenstein and both the monster exhibit this.
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