Characterization Through Voices As once said by J.B. Albano, “An educated person will listen to a story before he reacts. But a well-educated person knows how to listen to both sides of a story before he reacts.” Albano is stressing the point that most stories have multiple sides; meaning it is imperative that the listener gets both view points of the story. The only fair way to fully comprehend and give equal judgment on the story would be to listen to the each person that partook in the story and keep each point of view in mind. The use of multiple voices within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein contribute to the work as a whole because not only does the reader gather a more in-depth look at the story as a whole, but the reader can characterize each character as well. Each voice in the novel Frankenstein gives the reader the opportunity to look at the story more in-depth. When Victor speaks the reader is gaining knowledge on Victor’s life, and how he views the current situation he is in. Victor looks at everything as if he were the victim, and the monster an abomination. Upon the monster’s creation Victor realizes what he has done, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to from” (42). Victor despises his creation and so he leaves it be to decide how to live life on its own. Through the eyes of Victor the monster is a horrid wretch and Victor expresses this upon finding out the monster has killed his brother, “Alas! I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch whose delight was in carnage and misery; had he not murdered my brother” (60). Victor always puts himself in the position to be the victim of any situation and the monster is always the horrid one causing Victor harm. With Victor’s point of view the story from his side is revealed giving the reader more information not only about the monster, but what is happening to Victor and the ones around him. When the monster gets his turn to tell things from his point of view the reader can sympathize with it, and characterize the way it lives. The monster is not as cruel as it seems through Victor’s eyes because the monster started its life out gentle and loving. What changes the way the monster acts is all of the bad encounters it has had with humans. All the monster wants is love, and to love something back, but Victor refuses to help; after the bad encounters with humans and the refusal for a bride, the monster becomes bitter realizing it is an outcast for the human society. When the monster is speaking the reader can tell that the monster is intelligent by the way it can put the human’s culture in perspective, “I heard about the slothful Asiatics; of the stupendous genius and mental activity of the Grecians; of the wars and wonderful virtue of the early Romans--of their subsequent degenerating--of the decline of that mighty empire; of chivalry, Christianity, and kings” (112). The knowledge the monster has helps bring out the other characteristic of the monster, depression. As the monster gradually gains more knowledge it becomes more apparent that he is the outcast of society and will be lonely for the rest of his life, “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me” (101). Since its creation the monster has been alone with no one to assist it or show it how to live amongst others. Realizing it is lonely, and always has been since its creation, the monster uses the depression it has from these exact thoughts and turns it into anger. The monster becomes bitter due to the fact that it must live life alone, and the bad encounters it has with humans. Through the eyes of Victor the monster has been an abomination since its birth, but with the other narrative side of the monster, the reader can depict the true characteristics of it. Victor starts
“In Frankenstein, the narratives seem to grow organically from one another: it is impossible to extricate the narratives from one another, as they are so closely linked and interwoven.”
Discuss the novel’s shifts in narrative perspective. What is the effect of presenting different character’s viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has a very complex narrative structure: “the narratives seem to grow organically from one another”. Within the novel…
Teaching the Monster:
Frankenstein and Critical Thinking
Melissa Bloom Bissonette
Melissa Bloom Bissonette is an
assistant professor at St. John
Fisher College in Rochester,
New York. She writes on the
culture, politics, and personalities
of early eighteenth-century
he student’s presentation posed the question “Who has the right to create life,
God or Science?” Her Power Point displayed images of Boris Karloff, a Petri dish,
and an unattributed painting of Adam…
Bard Elective: Vamps,Ghost, and other Monsters
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From The Outside Looking In
The Effects Of Removed Narration
Telephone is a common game used to assess active listening, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Through the game of telephone the effects of removed narration unfold, as the meaning of the originally story…
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the novel. For the characters, see Victor Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. For other uses, see Frankenstein (disambiguation).
or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume I, first edition
Author Mary Shelley
Genre Horror, Gothic, Romance, science fiction
Published 1818 (Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British…
‘In Frankenstein, a man arrogantly takes on the responsibility of giving birth and the female characters pay for his arrogance’
To a certain extent, in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the female characters are side-lined and their passivity causes them to suffer. Shelley characterizes each woman as passive, disposable and serving a utilitarian function. Female characters like Safie, Elizabeth, Justine, Margaret and Agatha provide nothing more but a channel of action for the male characters in…
The title of the book is Frankenstein it’s a gothic fiction and romantic book it’s a number of 210 pages in this book the copyright date is January 1, 1818.the author and his or her time Mary Shelly was born august 30 1797 she died February 1 1851 the book was written in Switzerland, 1816-1817 the primary narrator is Robert Walton, who in his letter quotes victor. Frankenstein first person narrative at length victor in turn quotes the monster first person narrative in addiction the lesser character…
states that the visitor will commence his narrative the next day; Walton’s framing narrative ends and the stranger’s begins.
Analysis: Preface and Letters 1–4
The preface to Frankenstein sets up the novel as entertainment, but with a serious twist—a science fiction that nonetheless captures “the truth of the elementary principles of human nature.” The works of Homer, Shakespeare, and Milton are held up as shining examples of the kind of work Frankenstein aspires to be. Incidentally, the reference…
“Role of Women in frankenstein”
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein keeps all of the literary standards of the gothic horror novel playing . Nightmares, murder, and the monsters are just some of the tools that positions their heads within the narrative. But there is an added thing which makes it horrifying to any unsuspecting feminist who might decide to pick up this classic, and that is the strict division of gender roles that are assigned to the novel’s characters.
What is a monster?
A monster is any creature, usually found in legends or horror fiction that is often hideous and may produce fear or physical harm by its appearance and/or its actions. The word "monster" derives from Latin monstrum, an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong within the natural order.
Definition of a monster
Among newborn young and embryos of man and most species of animals are found occasional individuals who are malformed in…
English students tuned in today to our weekly segment of texts in time. our focus topic of individuals within Frankenstine who challenge the established values of their time. And so we shall begin.
In retrospect, Mary Shelly’s epistolary novel Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus provides us with a gateway to the values and ideals of the time in which it was written. It is often difficult for any author to compose in isolation of their cultural, political and historical contexts. Hereby, the nature…