In many mediums of literature, like novels and plays, the drama of tragedy attracts many people. Yet one has to wonder why it is sadness and death that draws crowds to love movies, shows, and stories. Could it be that the popularity is because tragedy happens everyday to all sorts of people? That reality captivates those who are experiencing similar troubles? Although the science-fiction novel Frankenstein is not what one might experience daily, the curiosity, guilt, and relationship trouble evident are common occurrences. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein experiences immense tragedy and stress in many forms throughout different stages.
One particular tragedy is not one that immediately traumatizes Frankenstein, but his first creature. This event is the destruction of Frankenstein’s attempt at making a female partner for his enemy. Frankenstein, being in love himself, felt somewhat compelled to grant the monster’s wish “After a long pause of reflection concluded that the justice due... [to him]... demanded of me [Frankenstein] that I should comply with his request” (137). Because Frankenstein misunderstands his own creation, this action of his is a very large step to a true and loving father-son relationship.
However it may seem to the reader at first, Frankenstein truly agrees as a result of his fear and concern for his family and his own happiness with the knowledge that he “...must let the monster depart with his mate before... [he allows himself]... to enjoy the delight...” of a marriage (141). But he also still finds interest and curiosity in a second experiment: “I looked towards its [the new creature’s] completion with a tremulous and eager hope, which I dared not trust myself to question but which was intermixed with obscure forebodings of evil that made my heart sicken in my bosom” (154). Frankenstein and his monster’s antagonism towards each other is such a complex tragedy in itself because it does not only affect the two main characters, but Frankenstein’s family and friends as well.
The trailblazer in science is exposed to the second stage of tragedy when the creature enacts his revenge upon his creator. After being denied guidance and love from his master, the creature kills William, Victor’s brother, and frames a family friend, Justine, for the murder. Since he did create the monster, Frankenstein feels guilt and as a result, ignores his family members, especially Elizabeth. This neglect causes Victor’s father to say that Victor...