Frankenstein Essay

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Failure to Endure Defeat According to Aristotle, there are a plethora of traits a tragic hero must possess. This criteria consists of Hamartia, which is a tragic flaw, which leads to the protagonists downfall. A reversal of fortune, Peripeteia, brought about by the hero’s tragic flaw will then occur. Aristotle also explains that the protagonist’s actions result in an increase of self- awareness and self- knowledge. Towards the conclusion the tragic hero must call forth pity. Northrop Frye explains that great trees are more likely to be struck by grass than a clump of grass. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein takes it upon himself to create a monster, and doesn’t take into account the damage it could conceive. Victor Frankenstein fits Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero because he failed to consider the effect of his actions, struggles to stop the monster once it becomes violent, and allows his pride to get the best of him, which then leads to the death of those close to him. As Victor Frankenstein was creating the monster, he failed to consider the consequence of his actions, which later leads into the death and suffering of those around him. “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and indeed, any animal that endued life. Whence I often ask myself, did the principle of life proceed?” (48). Here Frankenstein displays his excessive pride, hubris, which will then lead to his downfall. He never takes into account what could go wrong with this experiment, he fails to think once of the consequences. “Life and death appeared to me ideal bonds, which I should first break through, and pour torrent of life into this dark world” (51). Frankenstein feels that he is bringing good into the world; there is absolutely no doubt in his mind that by creating this monster he is

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