Frankenstein Thematic Analysis Essay

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Thematic Analysis of Frankenstein: The Depths of Solitude Instinctive in our nature, humans after birth associate the the first person they see as their parental figure and usher into society. Guided by our nurturers, we learn that society provides us a name, purpose, and sense of belonging in a life that is ambiguous in its value. However, when one is removed or isolated from this society, the effects on the psyche are often traumatic. One can begin to call into question one’s intrinsic value and purpose, and turn them against the very society which rejects them, regardless of their true intentions. This is the case in the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, where alienation is the driving force of evil and ultimately prevails over the…show more content…
The monster clearly witnesses the human capability of compassion, as Victor shows for Elizabeth and the peasants show for each other, but their decision to not do the same for him further brings the monster to the conclusion that no matter how well he understands society, he will never be accepted as human. In a request to Victor, the monster solemnly realizes, “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create,” (Shelly 129). In asking Victor to create a life partner, the monster dreams of finally finding someone to belong, granting him purpose in life. When his last hope of happiness and companionship is destroyed by Victor, who again betrays the monster, are crushes his feelings of undeniable acceptance. The monster reasons, “here was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No: from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery” (Shelly 117). The monster’s estrangement is replaced with his utter rage and vengeance towards his creator who brought him life, yet tantalized him with the values of a society which rejects
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