Frankenstein Out Of Class Essay

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Critic Northrop Frye says, “Tragic heroes tower as the highest points in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, the great trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass. Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightning”. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein greatly exhibits the theme of the consequence of knowledge and irresponsibility among others through its tragic hero, Victor Frankenstein. Northrop Frye’s quote is certainly true when looking at Frankenstein’s situation. Victor is a victim of his divine lightning, and ultimately causes much trouble for himself; however, Victor also serves as the ...view middle of the document...

All the poor creature wants is a friend, but Victor keeps him from having one. The monster’s suffering throughout the novel displays how Victor Frankenstein’s knowledge and irresponsibility as a tragic hero greatly impacts those around him.
In addition to the monster suffering from the tragic hero, Victor’s family is also greatly affected by his knowledge and irresponsibility. Victor’s obsession with knowledge causes him to become very distant from his family. His family is constantly worrying about him. Elizabeth writes to Victor expressing the family’s worry. She states, “I have written myself in better spirits, dear cousin; but my anxiety returns upon me as I conclude. Write dearest Victor-one line-one word would be a blessing to us” (Shelley 42). After Victor creates the monster and neglects him, the monster decides to get revenge on Victor by looking to the Frankenstein family first. The monster’s first victim is William, Victor’s brother. The death of William is tragic and starts the deep suffering of the family. The second victim from the family is Victor’s lover, Elizabeth. The monster decides to kill Elizabeth when Victor refuses to create a female companion for him. He warns, “‘. . . I shall be with you on your wedding night’” (Shelley 123). Victor’s thoughtless actions and isolation not only cause suffering within himself, but also within his beloved family members.
Furthermore, Victor Frankenstein brings suffering to his friends as well. The monster indirectly kills Justine Moritz by framing her for the death of William....

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