Essay about The Tragic Being of Frankenstein

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How far is it possible to see the being created Frankenstein as a tragic figure?

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes into you"

Virtue is found at the margins of society more often than at its centre. If this is so, Mary Shelley's Creation is a typical example.
Her creature is an isolate of great sensitivity, kindness, and insight. Mary Shelley's creature was modelled on Rousseau's notion of humanity as the "noble savage." The nobility of the Creature is evident as he unveils his chronicle to Victor Frankenstein upon the icy crags of Mount Blanc. The creature asks his creator, ""Did I request thee, Maker from my clay
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It could be claimed that the creation has more humanity than his creator and the rest of the characters that appear in the novel. It is tragic, when at the end of the novel, the creation realises that the only way to bring an end to his misery is by bringing an end to his own life.

Although it may seem difficult to excuse the hurt, suffering, and loss the creation causes in his quest to seek happiness and company, we do get a valuable insight into why he commits such atrocities, the creation claims, "I am wicked because I am miserable".

Due to the creation´s "fearsome appearance", those who meet it usually run scared, and do not understand it. Like a newborn experiencing the jolt of being, he painfully adjusts to harsh light and sound, quickly learning the lesson that perception and consciousness hurt. Shying away from the glare of sunlight, the creature is cradled by the moon's subtle radiance. The gentle orb provided a patron, a companion, and a source of spiritual awe. Loneliness insists that he personify the moon as a sponsor, however the moon's accompaniment is too subtle for the nurturing of the creature. His craving for relationship is heartfelt and intense. While his creator, Victor Frankenstein, shrouds himself in secrecy to avoid his fellow scientists, family and friends, the creature drifts toward civilisation to find comfort and feeling.

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