Self-Centeredness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, she shows the audience how Victor Frankenstein is a Romantic character. The audience sees how he is Romantic mainly because of his self-centeredness. Mary Shelley shows how Victor is a Romantic character by using setting, his character, and the major conflict in the story to show how he is extremely self-centeredness, which leads him to an isolated wretched life. Shelley's use of the conflict in the story brings out Victor's self-centeredness, which is a Romantic characteristic. The main conflict begins when Victor's brother is murdered and is blamed on a Justine. Victor knows that his creation killed his brother but is too self-centered to say anything to anyone else. Victor says, "The tortures of the accused did not equal mine" (93). This shows that he thinks that his inner mind is more important then being hung and dieing. After the death of Justine he Victor claims he had a "night of unmingled wretchedness" (79). His self-centeredness causes him a life of wretchedness. Instead of staying with his family, he leaves and goes back to Montanvert to continue his studies and to claim his discontent with the current society. He does not care about his family or their feeling, rather about…show more content…
In the setting she describes a subliminal scene, which creates a sense of aw in Victors mind. Shelley's use of the sublime is a way Victor is described as Romantic. Victor is "discontent" (30) with the current single species and is drawn to act as God and create a new type of being. Shelley's subliminal scene leads to his discontent when she writes, "I beheld a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump."(30) This causes Victor to feel a sense of aw. This sense of aw causes him to loose all of his current thoughts and later causes him to create an eight-foot
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