Frankenstein




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  1. Choose a complex and important character in the novel Frankenstein who might—on the basis of the character’s actions alone—be considered evil or immoral. In your blog post, explain both how and why the full presentation of the character in the work makes us react more sympathetically than we might otherwise think.

    Provide strong textual analysis through the use of quotations for support.

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    1. In the novel Frankenstein, there is a very crucial character that can be classified as evil and immoral based on his actions alone. This character is the monster in which Victor Frankenstein created. Throughout most of the novel, the monster did some very obscene things to people in order to get revenge on his creator, Victor, because the monster thought that Victor should endure the hardships and miseries that the monster had gone through. The first horrendous thing that the monster did was kill Victor’s little brother, William, while he was hiking in the woods: “‘Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.’ The child still struggled, and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart: I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet” (Shelley 100). When the monster found out that the boy was related to Victor, he showed no mercy and instantly killed the innocent boy. Once the monster started strangling the boy, he couldn’t stand to see him suffer due to many thoughts that ran through his head so he ended up just finishing him off. This is only one event out of many that the monster proves to be evil and immoral. Another event in which the monster tried seeking revenge on Victor was when he threatened to kill him on his wedding day and ended up killing Elizabeth: “But I discovered no trace of him, and was beginning to conjecture that some fortunate chance had intervened to prevent the execution of his menaces; when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream… I rushed towards her, and embraced her with ardour; but the deathly languor and coldness of the limbs told me, that what I now held in my arms had ceased to be the Elizabeth whom I had loved and cherished” (Shelley 140-141). At the beginning of this quote, Victor was looking sternly for the monster but could not find him anywhere in the house. Then, Victor started wondering if something had prevented the monster from killing him. That thought was quickly rushed away when he heard an appalling shriek from his wife in another room. He ran to the room and found his wife dead and he found the markings of his creation. This event shows how evil this character was because the monster killed the last person whom Victor loved and cared for. In this novel, the monster also killed Henry Clerval, Victor’s best friend, and practically killed Justine Mortiz after putting the blame on her for killing William. After these horrific events, the reader begins to feel sorry for Victor and reacts more sympathetically towards him because this cruel monster took everything from him. Whenever the monster shows up and kills another important person to Victor, the reader feels bad for him and later despises the monster. Therefore, after many obscene events, the monster can be considered evil and immoral.

      -Zach Schaben

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  2. How does the setting of the novel help to develop a major theme or reinforce the tone? Select one specific passage of setting and break down the word choice, imagery, and physical features of the surroundings and extrapolate that on to the work as a whole. How does the setting help to advance the meaning of the work OR help to reveal the attitude of the writer toward her subject?

    There are many settings to choose from. The important thing is to select one, quote lines from this setting, and analyze the author's purpose in the use of this setting.

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