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Kel Kelsey Rama
Zappa English 4
3/26/13

Mirrored Selves

Victor Frankenstein, the creature and Robert Walton are three characters in Mary Shelly’s novel “Frankenstein” that are very similar due to their contribution to the duality in the story. Both Frankenstein and Walton share the common interest of science and knowledge. However similar to that they may be, Walton is also foil to Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s ambitious dream to explore the cause of generation and life leads him to self-destruction and death, whereas Walton chooses to stop his voyage due to the safety and life of himself and his crew. The creature’s hatred for Victor feeds into his monstrous side while the love he feels for the family he helped feeds into his loving and humane side. There is no doubt that this story is full of duality. The last chapter of the novel is one big web of duality. This is seen when Frankenstein and Walton meet at the ice in the snow of the North. Frankenstein begins to explain the creature and it’s horrible attributes. As much as Frankenstein might not realize it, the creature is a mirror of Frankenstein himself. The creature is a representation of everything Frankenstein sees negative in himself and everything around him and as a result of this, he rejects his creation. But even though the creature has no one to call his own and his creator hates him, he still feels for Victor when he died. In exception to the animals, no one ever communicated with the creature. He was exiled for this horrible looks. Frankenstein was the only communication he had, as scorning as it was, it was still communication. This is the reason why the creature feels that he has no more reason to live. It is as if human beings found out that the God they believed to have created them has died. There would be no more reason to exist. “Farewell! I leave you, and in you the last of human kind whom these eyes will ever behold. Farewell, Frankenstein!” (189), the creature says. Frankenstein...
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