It all takes place during 1774 to1850 The Romantic movement in Europe
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It all takes place during 1774 to1850. The Romantic movement in Europe, a time where the feelings of the human nature were expressed, a time where the intellectual was rejected, and the emotions was the important to all arts. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is a clear example of the romantic novel, where a scientist named Victor Frankenstein gives life to the most abhorrent monster. This monster finds itself in incredible solitude, where it develops the most profound human emotions. The monster is continuously rejected by humanity, especially by its own creator, Victor, who hates and detest the monster more than anything in his life. Realizing that Victor makes the monster’s life miserable, the monster decides to make Victor’s life also wretched, by killing his brother, best friend, and wife. Feeling incredible hatred against his creation, Victor swears to find and destroy his creation, following it into the far North. In the North, Robert Walton, captain of a ship, finds Victor very ill. He takes Victor into the ship for medical attention. Inside Robert’s chamber, Victor tells the story of his life, and later perishes due to his critical health condition. The first argument demonstrates that the monster is more emotional than Victor. It always lets out its different emotions, not like Victor, who swallows everything he feels instead of expressing his emotions to his friends, making himself each time much more cold-hearted. The second argument shows that the monster is much more alive than Victor. The monster always wants to learn more, love more, and searches to overcome its solitude, different from Victor who drowns in sorrow, and personal guilt which makes him lose the desire to keep on living instead of confronting his problems as a powerful human soul. The third and last argument touches the idea of pity and compassion inside the human heart, demonstrating that the monster is merciful with humans, helping poor people, and other humans forgetting what they have done to it. This demonstrates such an incredible heart inside the monster, being able to forgive and help those who want to destroy it. Instead, Victor has no mercy at all towards his creation, not giving it the companion it desires to fulfill its life making the monster suffer even more. Therefore, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the monster is more human than its creator because of the great human qualities it develops, which make it more emotional, alive, and merciful, meanwhile, Victor is the complete opposite to those characteristics.
One of the reasons the monster is more human than its creator is because the monster is much more emotional than Victor. The monster develops intense human emotions which it expresses through the novel. For example, when the monster is lost in a forest, where it experiences strong sensations due to the moon, the trees, the singing of birds, and all the figures he perceives inside. The monster is so filled up with emotions that it wishes "to express my sensations in my own mode" (page 99) but the incoherent and awful noises it emits, "frightened me into silence again." (page 99) The monster always tries to let out its sensations and emotions just like in this case. Or, when Felix attacks it in the cottage when talking to the old man. It escapes, and wondering at night in the forest it ".....gave vent to my anguish in fearful howlings." (page 130) It lets out its rage by screaming like a beast. If the monster had any other being it could share its feelings, it will do so, such as in the Alps with Victor, where the monster expresses every single thing it felt in a very heart moving speech. On the other hand, Victor Frankenstein swallows every single emotion he feels, making him suffer even more. This happens when Victor finds himself sick in England, where Clerval accompanies him, giving Victor a letter from Elizabeth, telling him how she feels due to his absence. The letter touches Victor’s heart, making him writhe under those words, but "...yet dared not exhibit the pain I felt" (page 66). Victor is a man who drags himself into solitude because he refuses to express what he feels in order to share, and find help and consolation in some
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Frankenstein, English-language films, Victor Frankenstein, The Monster, Frankenstein in popular culture, Monster literature
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