English 4 AP
September 26, 2013
Book Analysis 1
Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as the tragic hero. “…Suggestion of the guardian angle of my life-the last effort made by the spirit of preservation to avert the storm that was even then hanging in the stars and ready to envelop me,”(Shelly, 32). This quote is the foreshadowing the doom that is soon to come for the tragic figure. A tragic figure involves a character that most likely has to die because of a certain tragic flaw they obtain. In Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelly uses the tragic figure of Victor to convey how the betrayal contributed to the suffering of others, including those closest to him. Victor Frankenstein felt as if he could play god, but regretted his decision as soon as his creation actually came to life. He had figured that the secret to life was lighting when he first sighted if during a storm,” I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter,”(Shelly,44). Victor spent countless months locked away in his lab working on his creation, which led him to neglect his beloved family. His family grew worried about victor’s construction awake and his excitement turned into terror once reality hit,” I but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream had vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart,”(Shelly, 49). Victor had not only created one of his scientific invention but was afraid of it. Frankenstein abandoned his creation, like the coward he is for months. Throw out these months he decided to visit his family back in Geneva. While victor was away at his birthplace his brother was mysterious murdered and his close family confesses to committing the crime. She then goes to trail where he is found guilty for the murder of victor’s brother. She pleads...
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