Frankenstein Research Paper

1437 Words Dec 28th, 2013 6 Pages
The theme of supernatural events and hideous beings encompasses Frankenstein. Over eight feet tall and uncharacteristically dreadful, the Creature is abandoned by his creator and shunned by society. He develops negative emotions in response to this rejection. Those feelings are furthered through his exposure to Paradise Lost, Plutarch’s Lives, the Sorrows of Young Werther, and Ruins of Empires. Ultimately, these experiences and works of literature foreshadow the ultimate downfall of the Creature and his creator, Victor Frankenstein. The Creature is not only the product of various body parts stolen from cemeteries but is also a product of the dark and supernatural. “Resurrected” on a dark, stormy night, the Creature immediately reveals …show more content…
However ruthless and heartless the Creature may seem, he actually attempts to make friends with the villagers and even saves a girl from drowning. The Creature describes to Victor how he attempted to make friends with the villagers. He relates how he ventures into a town only to be physically abused by the villagers as they chase him out with stones and sticks. In his attempt to befriend villagers, he is left emotionally and physically hurt. Thus the Creature exclaims, “Shall I not then hate them who abhor me? I will keep no terms with my enemies. I am miserable, and they shall share my wretchedness” (Shelley Ch. 10). Although shunned by both his creator and society, the Creature develops higher thought and emotion which are the ultimate harbingers of disaster for him and Victor Frankenstein. When the Creature escapes from villagers, he finds shelter in a small hovel in the back of a house. The first book that he reads is Paradise Lost and this novel elicits “…different and far deeper emotions.” (Shelley Ch. 15). Paradise Lost highlights the temptation of Adam and Eve and their eventual expulsion. Through this novel, the Creature gains insight into himself and his situation and likens himself to Adam and Satan. “, “Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine… I was wretched, helpless, and alone… when I viewed the bliss of my protectors, the bitter gall of envy rose within me.” (Shelley).

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