Compare the Way Obsession Is Presented in the Collector, Frankenstein and Hamlet

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Compare the Way Obsession is Presented in The Collector, Frankenstein and Hamlet In both The Collector and Frankenstein the protagonist’s obsessions become a reality early in the novel and the way in which they react to this reveals a lot about the character and their obsession. In The Collector when Clegg finally stops fantasising about kidnapping Miranda and actually does take her he appears to be completely overcome by what he has done saying, ‘I lost my head, I didn’t know what to do’. This shows that Clegg understands what he is doing is wrong and that he is unsure whether he should have kidnapped Miranda; however it could also be interpreted as sheer excitement as people often ‘lose their head’ when they are overly excited. It also helps to understand the extent of the effect and the power Miranda has over him as instead of being overjoyed that he has achieved what he wanted Clegg appears terrified and worried. This is conveyed through short sentences and phrases such as ‘She bent forward to peer in, I flashed a look down the road, no one, and then I got her in’ that create a quick pace showing his hysteria. Clegg’s reaction to his obsession becoming a reality is similar to that of Dr. Frankenstein’s as he also acts differently to how the reader would expect with his disgust contrasting greatly to the years of studying told in his early narrative. As the monster comes to life Frankenstein begins by calling it an ‘accomplishment of his toils’ but his tone quickly turns into one of terror and regret. He describes this moment; ‘but now I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished; and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart’. The way Frankenstein conveys his feelings as he beholds the culmination of his obsession shows a deep antithesis of the ‘beauty’ he had expected and the ‘horror’ which had become a reality. This antithesis reflects Shelley’s
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