Power Struggle Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

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Power Struggle in Frankenstein
Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, uses a constant power struggle to enhance the character relationships in the novel. Each character handles power in their own way, and each has their own motivation for pursuing it. Most of the characters in the novel meet their demise because of the terrible ways in which they express power. The way characters interact, such as Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, show who has the power and how it affects the other characters. The society in which the main characters live also play a role in the power shift, affecting their level of power, whether positive or negative. Mary Shelley shows how quickly and violently power can move between characters, illustrating it through the characters in the novel. Victor Frankenstein derives his power from the science he uses to create the Creature. By bending the laws of nature he assumes the role of God and creates life out of death. His scientific curiosity drives him to do what no other scientist has ever dared of doing, but ultimately, he has to pay the price for his creation. Frankenstein quickly realizes that even though he holds the power to create life he should not actually use it. Frankenstein sees the Creature smiling at him, after first creating him, and runs away in fear. Furthermore, he abandons the creature for months because of an illness, possibly related to the stress and shock of seeing the Creature. Frankenstein sought to have power over…

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