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Frankenstein: Character Analysis

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Frankenstein In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, one theme in particular that sticks out is the perseverance of Frankenstein. This is evidenced by the way that Frankenstein feels after his mother, Caroline, passes away.“My mother was dead, but we had still duties which we ought to perform; we must continue our course with the rest, and learn to think ourselves fortunate, whilst one remains whom the spoiler has not seized” (Shelley 26).

Frankenstein hoped to travel to study at the University of Ingolstadt before his mother died from a fever. Also, before Caroline died, she instructed Elizabeth to take over her duties and care for her younger brothers and sisters. After the death of their mother, Frankenstein and Elizabeth come to accept it and resolve to carry on in their endeavors. Frankenstein does admit to some regret at his mother’s passing, but he does not let it stop him from achieving his goal, which is to study at university. Frankenstein mentions that his trip to Inglostandt had been delayed by the tragic events that took place and that his father allowed him a period of two weeks to grieve for his mother. These same characteristics are displayed later in the novel when Frankenstein stops at nothing to destroy the monster that he created. Part of this derives from the fact that Frankenstein’s parents cared so well for him when he was a child, but that he was not able to do the same with the monster that came about through the work of his own hands. While Frankenstein is retelling his story to Captain Walton, it becomes clear that Frankenstein has not followed his own advice, which was to carry on with the duties that he had. Instead, Frankenstein is consumed by the creature that he created and he wants to retain his power over it. This blind quest is one of out revenge and is not the path that his mother wished upon him when she was on her deathbed.

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