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Romantic Hero Essay

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A romantic hero is a person that seems to be the outcast, he may or may not be wealthy, he will have his own set of moral codes, his life is filled with strife, which he overcomes and wins. He is also in tune with nature and his feelings. The romantic hero is a rebel that ignores the set rules of society in pursuit of their own self fulfillment. Mary Shelly both supports and critiques the concept in her novel.
Frankenstein demonstrates many traits of the romantic hero. He is in tune with nature, has intense feelings that guide his actions, periods of being alone and being seen as the underdog, his moral code is questionable, and stifle is ever-present in his life. He is very much driven by his emotions, “My temper was sometimes violent, and my passions vehement” (pg19). He was also overcome with emotions while trying to create his creature, “no one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success” (pg 32). There are several things that show he has his own moral code. He sees nothing wrong with creating a creature or torturing animals to benefit his work. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (pg 32). He has much strife in his life all of which seems to be self-induced. He is isolated while working on his creature “I became nervous to a painful degree: I became nervous to a painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime.” (pg 34). He loses many love ones by the hand of the creature he created and he spends his life struggling to end what he created.
The Monster is in my opinion portrayed as the true romantic hero. His life started with struggle is he created then shunned immediately, “It was dark when I a work; I felt cold also, and half frightened as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate.” (pg 71). He knows nothing, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept” (pg 71). He is casted out into the world. He has no money, food, or education with barely scraps for cloths. Everywhere he goes he is met with screams of terror or attacked “I had hardly placed a foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked, until, grievously bruised by stoned and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped” (pg 74). He has real feelings of pain, sorrow, loneliness “words cannot convey an idea of the heart sickening despair that I then endured” (pg 71). His moral code is not taught so he has to decipher things on his own and seems; in the beginning to have a born sense of compassion, understanding and human desire for acceptance...

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