Comparing Wuthering Heights And Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In both Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we are introduced to monsters of various forms and natures. These monsters ultimately expose the true nature of other main characters within the novels and ultimately, humanity in general. The authors detail the inhumane cruelty that occurs in both novels to serve as statement of human nature and a warning for mankind. Both monsters in these novels are created, which begs the question: If one creates a monster does that not make the creator monstrous as well? In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we are introduced to Victor Frankenstein; a man obsessed with discovering the secret to creating life. While his goals appear somewhat benevolent; "wealth was an inferior object; but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!" (p. 42), he seeks the fame and glory that would come with…show more content…
Heathcliff handles the cruelty and pain with a stoic stance of silence and when he is gravely sick with measles, Nelly remarks that Heathcliff was a quiet and easy child to care for but also explains that "hardness, not gentleness, made him give little trouble" (p. 31). Perhaps she is suggesting that he has already endured much in his short life and has been altered by these experiences. We are only just beginning to see how 'hard' Heathcliff really is and when Hindley attempts to have Heathcliff injured by a horse, Nelly again remarks "how coolly the child gathered himself up, and went on with his intention...He complained so seldom, indeed, of such stirs as these that I really thought him not vindictive- I was deceived completely..." (p. 32). During Heathcliff's trials with Hindley, he initially appears passive, however he is merely biding his time to enact his

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