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Ted: A Byronic Hero In Mary Shelley´S Frankenstein

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A typical hero in today's definition would be someone with super abilities who makes the world a better place. Mary Shelley's heroes, however, fit a very different description. A byronic hero is usually the protagonist in Romantic literature, a rebel with many dark qualities who is exiled from the rest of society. Ted exemplifies the basic characteristics of the byronic hero throughout Mary Shelley's work, Frankenstein.
Ted, due to his grotesque appearance, is rejected from society despite his best efforts to interact with humans. When Ted awakens, he is immediately is driven away by his creator's, Victor Frankenstein, horrified reaction to his animation. Victor recalls with repulsion "I ...view middle of the document...

The people in the town have no desire to talk to Ted, they are too abhorred by his appearance. Despite his efforts and good intentions, Ted receives no sympathy from humans.
Although being driven away from society, Ted manages to learn how to speak and becomes very intelligent. This learning, however, does not come easy at first. When first brought to life and for a time thereafter, Ted has the ability to perceive his surroundings, but he has no sense of interpretation. Ted remembers what it was like during this time "No distinct ideas occupied my mind; all was confused. I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness; innumerable sounds rang in my ears, and on all sides various scents saluted me; the only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon" (Shelley 85). Ted is aware of everything he is feeling, but he has no knowledge of how to adapt to these feelings. During the beginning of his lonesome journey, Ted tries to imitate birds but does not have much success. Ted begins to learn on his own, but his knowledge grows exponentially when he begins to observe the DeLacey family. After listening to Felix read to his father, Ted begins to learn language. He states "This reading had puzzled me extremely at first, but by degrees I discovered that he uttered many of the same sounds when he read as when he talked" (Shelley 94). Ted starts to piece together what exactly language as a means of communication is and yearns to utilize it to communicate with the cottagers himself. Ted is able to learn incredibly quickly just from observing the DeLacey family.
Ted's emotional spectrum has a very wide range. Ted's loves Victor and views him as his father, but he...

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