Victor Frankenstein

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  • Victor Frankenstein
    • Relationship with Walton
      • Both characters are stuck in isolation, with only the Dangers of Knowledge to comfort them, leading them into the dark unseen corners of both interests- explorer vs. mad scientist.
        • They both seek the unknown because it offers hope to escape their loneliness.
      • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
        • Victor foreshadows Walton's damnation.
          • Both characters are stuck in isolation, with only the Dangers of Knowledge to comfort them, leading them into the dark unseen corners of both interests- explorer vs. mad scientist.
            • They both seek the unknown because it offers hope to escape their loneliness.
    • Relationship with the Creature
      • Denial of his own son- religious parallel to God and Adam and the Garden of Eden (Also relation to the idea of sublime nature becoming the portrayal of intense emotion)
        • Ironic how he possesses all of the knowledge needed to become a creator yet possesses none of the knowledge needed to become a Father.
      • All was again silent, but his words rang in my ears. I burned with rage to pursue the murderer of my peace and precipitate him into the ocean.
      • Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?
      • his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.
    • Relationship with Elizabeth
      • Elizabeth, cousin of Victor, allows her passivity and submission to  her feelings for Victor consequently end her life. Her letters to him highlight the stark contrast in her feelings for him compared to his own-she is the epitome of passivity in women, a movement that Shelley so desperately wishes to eradicate so as to continue the works of her mother.
      • Such would be my liberty except that in my Elizabeth I possessed a treasure
        • Elizabeth becomes a possession, a 'treasure', which has been robbed of her own virtue.
      • I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel.
        • Such would be my liberty except that in my Elizabeth I possessed a treasure
          • Elizabeth becomes a possession, a 'treasure', which has been robbed of her own virtue.
        • The strange and incestuous dream portrays Victor's warped feelings and responsibilities for Elizabeth.
          • Elizabth is constantly referred to by Victor in a pet-like fashion, her gentleness and kindness the only prominent element to her character.
    • Victor's egocentricity
      • His recount of an unrealistic and idyllic childhood, suggests how the lack of reality injected into his early life provided him with unlimited luxury with no intellectual guidance. This leads Victor to emotional indulgence instead, blended with a warped thirst for knowledge.
        • My imagination was too much exalted to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man...I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed (P52)
  • It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature. And the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent
    • Denial of his own son- religious parallel to God and Adam and the Garden of Eden (Also relation to the idea of sublime nature becoming the portrayal of intense emotion)
      • Ironic how he possesses all of the knowledge needed to become a creator yet possesses none of the knowledge needed to become a Father.
  • his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.
  • Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?
  • I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel.
    • The strange and incestuous dream portrays Victor's warped feelings and responsibilities for Elizabeth.
      • Elizabth is constantly referred to by Victor in a pet-like fashion, her gentleness and kindness the only prominent element to her character.
  • Victor's egocentricity
    • His recount of an unrealistic and idyllic childhood, suggests how the lack of reality injected into his early life provided him with unlimited luxury with no intellectual guidance. This leads Victor to emotional indulgence instead, blended with a warped thirst for knowledge.
      • My imagination was too much exalted to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man...I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed (P52)
  • I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.
    • My father looked carelessly at the title page of my book and said, "Ah! Cornelius Agrippa! My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash."

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