Honors English III
1 June 2012
Lost in Work
Colin Powell once stated, “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Victor is making is dream a reality by creating a monster. In the passage, Victor is portrayed as not only hardworking but obsessed with creating the monster that it has completely affected his life, especially socially. He states how the seasons are passing while he is doing nothing but work. He is submerged in his work that he barely takes notice in his missed delight of the seasons changing. Victor compares his life to the life of a slave, “But my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety and I appeared rather like one doomed by slavery to toil in the mines, or any other unwholesome trade, than an artist occupied by his favorite employment” (42). This shows his guilt of making the monster, which causes him anxiety. He compares himself to a slave because like a slave all he does is work for no substantial reward. Also, like most slaves, he is isolated from other humans, which causes him to isolate himself from the rest of the world. Unlike an artist he does not find the constant enjoyment in his work. In the line, “and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime” portrays how all of Victor’s feeling of anxiety as the creation of the monster comes closer has made him become detached from the world around him. This line shows how Shelley believes that too much knowledge can be harmful. Victor admits that he has changed, “the wreck I had perceived I had become” and the only thing keeping him alive is his energy to complete the task. Shelley shows throughout the passage how Victor is hardworking and obsessed with creating the monster, and despite him thinking he will go back to normal once the monster is created the foreshadowing hints...
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