Relationship between Victor and Monster in 'Frankenstein'
This paper analyzes the relationship between Victor and the monster in 'Frankenstein', by Mary Shelley, and discusses its evolution over the course of the narrative.
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In this article, the writer analyzes the significant role of the evolution of the relationship between the monster and Victor Frankenstein which strengthens the tragic mold of the novel by exploring various themes such as monstrosity as a construct, story-telling as a tool of self-empowerment and the relation between the creator and creation. The writer discusses that as their relationship develops, Frankenstein and the monster emerge as mirror- images of each other, unified in the nature and cause of their tragedy. The writer concludes that the granting of voice, agency and reason to the marginalized monster can be seen as a dramatic representation of femininity with Mary Shelley writing from the margins of a patriarchal society. Further, the writer maintains that language and learning become significant ideological tools of self-empowerment through self-representation and articulation.
From the Paper:"It is important to emphasize that throughout the text the idea of sympathy, friendship and companionship are presented as important elements of life. For example, the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his best friend Henry Clerval, mutual understanding and sympathy among the cottagers and the developing compassion for Frankenstein in the eyes of Walton, the frame narrator and so on are described with typical romantic projections of beauty and stability in nature and natural phenomena.
"Moreover, the text is also largely defined by the reader's sympathies with various characters. And, in this context monster's tale emerges as a powerfully structured narrative with important rhetoric components of ethos, logos and pathos to represent him as someone who was essentially benevolent and good but "misery" turned him into a "fiend". Herein, by giving him voice in the narrative the text becomes more objective and democratized in its representation."
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