Essay on Frankenstein - Similarities Between Victor and the Monster.

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Similarities between Victor and the monster. |

Trace the similarities between Victor and the monster. Consider their respective relationships with nature, desires for family, and any other important parallels you find. Do Victor and the monster become more similar as the novel goes on? How does their relationship with each other develop?
Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’ (1818) describes two crucial characters Mr Victor Frankenstein and the monster he creates Frankenstein. Even though the monster is not a clone of Victor or shares any of his DNA there are significant traits and qualities that are very similar to Victor. They are not similar in their physical and social actions but their personalities are parallel. As the novel
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The monster learns how to walk, talk, open and close his eyes and how to overcome hunger and thirst. It is obvious as the novel progresses that the monster has an inner ability and determination to become just as intelligent as his creator. One would suggest that Victor couldn’t have ever imagined that the monsters drive for knowledge would have come this easily.
Additionally, both Victor and the monster use nature as a hideaway or a safe haven when they are feeling as if they have nowhere else to go. Both find comfort in nature and thus develop a very strong relationship with themselves. As the monster was too hideous in appearance and frightens the town’s people, living within nature is the only choice as no one will be there to not accept him or judge him. Victor uses nature to escape from his problems and the rest of his thoughts after the death of his younger brother William and friend Justine. He hideaways to the mountains of Chamounix to seek relief from his grief and suffering. This time spent in the Alps allowed Victor to clear his mind and think about his grief that ‘was augmented and rendered sublime by the mighty Alps, whose white and shining pyramids and domes towered above all, as belonging to another earth, the habitations of another race of beings’ (p90). Subsequently, both characters look towards nature and its serenity during times of

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