The Duality Of Human Nature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelly, born of two great minds and much wealth, suffered many different misfortunes. Mary indeed had advantageous knowledge, living and being born from William Godwin, but was no stranger to death. Mary’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died after giving birth to her. This death was not the first to injure Mary Shelly and shape her fate. Many people she knew passed away some by suicide, even her newborn children had died in her arms. Poor Mary was accustomed to the horror of death. She was as well accustomed to the sciences and the recent crazes of electricity bestowing life among the dead. The horror of her life and the scientific discoveries were accumulative factors that produced Mary Shelly’s most renowned piece of literature, Frankenstein; …show more content…
Mary Shelly believed in the duality of human nature, her novel thus expresses so. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelly uses her main character Victor and his reanimated creature to illustrate the theme that human kind is both good and evil, human and monstrous, beautiful and horrific. As a result, Victor and his creature share a multitude of similarities and differences.
The difference between Victor and his creature are very visible to any reader. Some as clear as a glass of clean water and other differences not so much. Victor was a born from the union of a man and a women, a holy union only possible by thanks to the hands of god. This contrast the creature since he was made from the hands of Victor, leaving the creature parentless and an abomination in the eyes of god. Since Victor is born from a man and a woman having coitus it is safe to say he is everything man is expected to be; Victor is ultimately human. The creature is mostly human himself but he is not fully human. While Victor did want to bestow life to the dead that was not his entire goal. Victor wished to make Gods creation
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Letters are always sent to Victor from his family and friends, this is one of the ways the Mary Shelly demonstrates their affection towards their dear Frankenstein. The creature possess none of these luxuries; he has no blood family, has no friend, no companion. The creature desires such relationships but is rejected by society finding it impossible to obtain. While nomadically living amongst the forest the creature does find his one chance at having companion in such a way that Frankenstein does. The creature comes across the De Lacey family, exiled out of their country through misfortunate events, who consist of Agatha, Felix, Mr. De lacey, and later on Safie. Through observation the creature learns and becomes connected to the family. The creature attempts to impress the family with his use of their language and a peaceful approach to sway their love in a way that would overlook his physical deformities. His attempt utterly ends with Felix beating him. The creature flees in tears and now knows he will never be accepted by any of man. Overall, Victor has

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