Victor Frankenstein, from the novel Frankenstein, meets the criteria to be considered the tragic hero. To be a tragic hero the character must have caused his own downfall, recognize his own flaw and the character must suffer greatly because of this. Victor Frankenstein meets these guide lines and fits them perfectly. Using those three categories one could conclude that he is the tragic hero.
The first reason that Victor Frankenstein is the tragic hero is because he caused his own downfall. He created the creature that would potentially take over his life and control him in every way. If Victor had never created the creature in the first place then none of his hardships would have ever happened. Yet he did create the creature. His mind was so interested in science and he was so devoted and determined, that he created this creature without thinking about the effects, or what this creature would do once he came alive. Once the creature did come alive he was so ugly in appearance that even Victor his own creator could only look at him for seconds before screaming and running away from him. Victor abandoned what was basically his child and this is what caused the creature to venture out into the real world all alone and with no knowledge. The second reason that Victor Frankenstein is the tragic hero is he recognizes his own downfall. After Victor fled from his creature, the creature basically fled from him as well. Victor had almost forgotten about the creature until one day before visiting home he gets a letter that his youngest brother William Frankenstein has been murdered. The moment that Victor realizes what he has created and what he has unleased into the world is when he sees the creature standing near him in the middle of the night at the crime scene of his brother’s murder. At that instant Victor knows that he has created a monster and a killer. Creating the creature does not only effect Victor but everyone else...
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