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Emotion in Frankenstein
Transcript of Emotion in Frankenstein
Throughout the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley the theme of misery as an emotion appears many times.
Misery is established by the characters of Victor and the monster
Both characters are very similar in their shared misery.
Victor is miserable because his family is dead and his creature did not turn out how he imagined. He feels like a failure, and is even hospitalized for being ill because his mental illness manifests physically.
The monster is miserable because he was never loved and will never be able to be a part of society. He is a direct reflection of Victor's misery. He is lost and confused in a world that will never accept him.
"It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half-frightened, as it were instinctively, finding myself so desolate. Before I had quitted your apartment, on a sensation of cold, I had covered myself with some clothes; but these were insufficient to secure me from the dews of night. I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept." (Shelley 369)
The monster also symbolizes Victor's misery. He directly infuses that part of himself into the monster. Therefore, they become one and the same.
Victor symbolizes misery in the novel, and the monster symbolizes Victor's misery
"Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear." (Shelley 348)
"...Often,I say, I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake,that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever."(Shelley 350)
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. N.p.: n.p., 1831. Print.