Where Do the Motives in Characters from “Frankenstein” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest” Originate and and What Role Do These Motives Play in Defining the Fate of a Character?

Topics: Novel, Frankenstein, Motivation Pages: 2 (1903 words) Published: March 10, 2013
Where do the motives in characters from “Frankenstein” and “One flew over the cuckoo's nest” originate and and what role do these motives play in defining the fate of a character?

Motivation is a key driving force in most human beings and lies hidden to be discovered  behind every action. Authors makes characters interesting to the reader by inviting us to  discover these motives, and to trace the events that led to the motivation that inevitably led to  the rise or fall of a character. In both novels we are introduced to the concept that similar  motives can lead to strikingly different outcomes. This is seen by contrasting the fates and  actions of Frankenstein and Clerval, both fueled by the thirst for knowledge, and Mc.Murphy  and the Chief, motivated by a desire to oppose authority. In both cases the characters are  fueled by the same desire, yet they come to very different endings due to environmental  factors such as family attitudes. However the two novels also show how contrasting motives  can lead to similar downfalls, as in the case of Elizabeth and the “Big Nurse”. While Elizabeth  is motivated to overly embrace her feminine side and the other is motivated to hide everything   feminine about her, both end up being defeated by male “monsters.” Both novels possess a pair of characters who are influenced by similar motives, however are  almost foils to their counterpart in the way that they allow the urges of these motives influence   their actions and fate. In Frankenstein we encounter two close friends ,Victor Frankenstein and   Henery Clerval, who we know have, from an early age, been influenced by the wish to attain  knowledge. This thirst for knowledge brings both two Inglostadt, however while one studies “  Sanscrit languages” that the other considers “ temporary amusements”, Victor creates a  “miserable monster” that changes the course of his history. Both posses the motive to be ...
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