“Cut My Life Into Pieces This Is My Last Resort”

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Some battles are more important than other’s like the one the character endures eternally. British literature as a whole pertains a lot of literary elements. But within these stories the most prominent is identity. A soul searching journey for one’s identity can begin at any stage of one’s life. The universal, time-transcendent idea of identity within British Literature attests to the human need for self knowledge, as it can be seen in the novels in Frankenstein, Beowulf, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The Monster is struggling to find his identity. He is trying to figure out if he is like Adam made upon this earth for a purpose or like Satan expelled from the “almighty kingdom”— in his case society. The Monster’s reading of the book Paradise Lost within the story was misinterpreted the story as factual; He seems to see Satan as a compassionate sympathetic character whom was misunderstood and expelled found in chapter fifteen “Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition; for often, like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protectors, the bitter gall of envy rose within me” (Shelley p.114). One thing the monster doesn’t have in common with Adam is one has been given a form of guidance and Doctor Frankenstein left the monster alone and unsure about how to make it in the world which led to the beast’s journey throughout the novel Frankenstein. During the novel the monster displays, humanistic characteristics when his sense of remorse was developed as he was saving the little girl in chapter 16 when he saved the little girl who slipped into the stream. The monster saving the little girl in the stream develops that he has human traits, but has yet to develop them as a whole. In a sense the monster yet under4stands his humanistic traits
The creature finds him self searching endlessly for whom he is as a person. “The creature finds himself with an incomplete identity” (Haas). In the more revised version of Shelley’s novel, Young Frankenstein the monster created by Victor’s grandson Fredrick whom is also going through an identity crisis within this version of the novel created a scientific being, while also attempting to escape his grandfathers legacy. By doing this he pronounced his name “Fronkensteen” (Haas). The idea of lack of identity has carried over to this later rendition of Shelley’s novel. Within this novel the author used the name of the characters in order to describe the characters lack of identity. For example the monster within Young Frankenstein brain was from “Abby Normal”. As can be seen in the book the author Gilbert Pearlman, “the characters mainly define themselves by either their kinship, by their brains, or by both.
The possibility of Victor Frankenstein’s reason for created the monster has to do with his inner desires. In a sense Frankenstein creating the monster is showing who he really is upon the inside. As victor open his eyes and wonder why the monster wanted a companion he...

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