Obsession In Frankenstein Research Paper

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Obsession has been a dynamic idea throughout time from obsession with religion, to wealth, and love; in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein obsession is portrayed as always leading to a negative outcome. Many characters in Frankenstein go through their own points of obsession. For example, it started with Robert Walton, a Captain who was obsessed with the idea of finding new discoveries in the Arctic. During his trip, he encountered Victor Frankenstein a man who was possessed by the idea of creating life and the consequences that followed. Even the Creature Victor created was somewhat controlled by the idea of fitting into society. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein demonstrates the idea of obsession and what consequences it has.

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The foreshadowing in Frankenstein can be seen through the Creature when he declares war against humans for how they have treated him, “ I declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against him who had formed me” (117). This foreshadows many conflicts in the future such as Elizabeth’s death. Also, this shows that everything that has come from the Creature’s obsession is unfavorable and makes situations worse. Characterization is also an effective tool in relaying a message from an author because the author can develop a character to cater their message. An example of this is Robert Walton he is a stereotypical man obsessed with his goal, however Shelley show this goal is taking him over, “But I have one want which I have never been able to satisfy; and the absence of the object of which now I feel as a most severe evil” (13). This quote shows Shelley developing this character into someone who has been negatively affected by his obsession with a goal. Overall the characterization and foreshadowing in Frankenstein relate Shelley’s message effectively to the