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The nature of isolation in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein
2001 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay analyses the term of isolation as presented in the novel, and explores different aspects of isolation. Both the main characters Victor Frankenstein and his creature become isolated, Victor by his own will, and the creature because he is forced to isolation. The essay investigates the reasons for their isolation, both from humans and nature, and in Victor’s case also from parts of his own conscience. The essay also investigates in what way isolation affects Victor and the creature. In Frankenstein’s case, his burning ambition is what makes him seek isolation, and this isolation eventually leads to both physical and mental illness. On the occasions when Victor’s isolation is broken, his physical and mental strength are improved. Consequently, it is clear that isolation is harmful to him, while company is beneficial. When creating the creature, Victor also isolates himself from nature, which is also devastating for him. On the other hand, due to his horrifying exterior, the creature is forced to be isolated, since people judge him from his looks and take for granted that he is vicious. As a result, the creature, who is originally friendly and innocent, takes revenge on his creator by killing the ones he loves most, because he considers that Victor is responsible for his isolation and misery. To sum up, the essay looks into the reasons for Victor and the creature’s isolation, and the devastating consequences isolation has for both of them.

Abstract [en]

This essay analyses the term of isolation as presented in the novel, and explores different aspects of isolation. Both the main characters Victor Frankenstein and his creature become isolated, Victor by his own will, and the creature because he is forced to isolation. The essay investigates the reasons for their isolation, both from humans and nature, and in Victor’s case also from parts of his own conscience. The essay also investigates in what way isolation affects Victor and the creature. In Frankenstein’s case, his burning ambition is what makes him seek isolation, and this isolation eventually leads to both physical and mental illness. On the occasions when Victor’s isolation is broken, his physical and mental strength are improved. Consequently, it is clear that isolation is harmful to him, while company is beneficial. When creating the creature, Victor also isolates himself from nature, which is also devastating for him. On the other hand, due to his horrifying exterior, the creature is forced to be isolated, since people judge him from his looks and take for granted that he is vicious. As a result, the creature, who is originally friendly and innocent, takes revenge on his creator by killing the ones he loves most, because he considers that Victor is responsible for his isolation and misery. To sum up, the essay looks into the reasons for Victor and the creature’s isolation, and the devastating consequences isolation has for both of them.

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2001. , 24 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53671Local ID: ENG C-12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53671DiVA: diva2:1102231
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English
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