Frankenstein Essay Ap Lit

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Kimmy Leitma 11-8-11

Some characters keep a secret intending not to cause harm, but may do so anyways. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly thinks secrecy is a necessity for Victor because he has the secret to life, and if he told, people will think he is crazy and may blame him for the destruction of the monster. Shelly makes it evident there are always consequences for a character’s choice to keep a secret because Victor becomes the newly lonesome being after all ones close to him die. Frankenstein begins, “pursued [his] nature to her hiding places who shall conceive the horrors of his secret toil” as “[he] dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave” (Shelley 45). This quote proves secrecy was necessary for Victor to complete his source of life. He already as he begins his project refuses to let anyone know of the secret to life by his words “hiding places” and “Secret toils” that suggests secrecy and that it is highly important to him. Victor Frankenstein soon learns if he would choose to reveal his secret sooner then maybe it would have made a difference in his ultimate downfall.

Victor was so determined in making his own creation, he feels passionate about it, so he refuses to let anyone in on his “secret to life” being afraid they may now know how to create life. Although eventually when Victor does finally confess of his making of the monster, it is too late because when he finally confesses, a magistrate in Geneva doesn’t choose to believe him. Since for so long Victor keeps his secret to himself until almost the end of the story, the plot is affected because of his first reason for necessity which is he has the secret to life. Victor feels as only he is the creator of the secret of life. “I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Shelley 38). The creation of life is so important and special to him, why would he want anyone else to be able to know the secret to life...
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