Monstrousness In Frankenstein

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and the breath of Aphrodite. They succeeded in creating a being, but they ran out of traits to endow upon them and so they modeled the beings based on the Gods. Zeus did not like this, it angered him to such an extent that he resorted to revenge. So, when he originally gave Prometheus the job to create, he never gave any details or gave any regard for the actual process or result. Much like Victor, who just built something from the ground up without looking at what was underneath the surface. They are the mad scientists who just want to create and they do not think about the results or what could happen to their creations. They both, in fact, turn their backs on their creations once they realize that they were not what they wanted. So, they …show more content…
The exact structure of these failed attempts and the subsequent monstrousness of the creature can be analyzed through the model provided by Elaine Scarry in The Body of Pain, in which Scarry argues that an individual’s perceptual world can be re-coded by pain, which annihilates subjective identity by its systematic interruption and reversal of efforts at self-extension-i.e. the individuals attempts at connections with others.” So, like Victor, Zeus is thrilled with the idea of a group of individuals that could do tasks for him on earth while he sits on his throne. The “interest that he has in the construction and the modeling of the humans is important. He was so enthralled with what he envisioned that when the real-world application was used, it was all the more disappointing to him which caused him to just abandon his creations. When he abandoned his creation’s, this caused a sympathy to be born in a being that could not necessarily feel any emotional, or any connections. When this sympathy was realized, he provided fire to humanity when he knew it was going to cause him more pain than it was going to benefit him. In Frankenstein when the creature first is on …show more content…
Each of their actions caused so many different reactions within their realms that it created tension and pity from the readers because of their suffering. When you take Victor, and compare him to Prometheus you get a parallelism that is very similar. They both created with materials that they should not have used, and they were both fearful of the repercussions of what they created. But when you take Victor and compare him to Zeus, the comparison is much more relatable. Mainly the “God complex” that they both suffer from is where the problems lie. They both are unhappy with their creations in the end because of the characteristics and actual for that they take. Though in the end Zeus still hold all of the power because he used the power that he had over Prometheus and was able to contain the situation. Whereas Victor was unable to realize that he was being selfish and this is where he lost his life and his families lives. So, when you take the creature and compare him to Prometheus there are similarities that cannot be ignored. They both were lost to their “families” and had no one to turn to that was on their sides. The creature was despised because of his appearance; Prometheus was despised because of his lineage and because he was stronger and better endowed just as the creature was. They were both looking for love and compassion that were not able

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