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chinadoll711 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 27, 2011 at 7:27 AM via web

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: What are some similarities between Victor Frankenstein and his creation? 

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Posted April 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM (Answer #2)

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What are some similarities between Victor Frankenstein and his creation? 

I found most of the similarities of Victor and his creation toward the end of the book. After the monster had killed most of the creator's loved ones, the creator started feeling the loneliness and isolation that the monster had felt the whole time of being alive. Another connection is how the monster kept trying to go after the creator in the beginning. After the murder of the creator's wife, the roles were switched and now the creator was searching for the monster. I think both were just trying to look for happiness- the monster wanting to have a female mate and be accepted by the human world, and the creator trying to express himself scientifically and wanting to get married to Elizabeth. Although both weren't the same complexion-wise, they had a lot of genuine similarities.

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chinadoll711 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2011 at 11:29 PM (Answer #3)

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What are some similarities between Victor Frankenstein and his creation? 

I found most of the similarities of Victor and his creation toward the end of the book. After the monster had killed most of the creator's loved ones, the creator started feeling the loneliness and isolation that the monster had felt the whole time of being alive. Another connection is how the monster kept trying to go after the creator in the beginning. After the murder of the creator's wife, the roles were switched and now the creator was searching for the monster. I think both were just trying to look for happiness- the monster wanting to have a female mate and be accepted by the human world, and the creator trying to express himself scientifically and wanting to get married to Elizabeth. Although both weren't the same complexion-wise, they had a lot of genuine similarities.

Thanks this was very helpful I really appreciate it Ms. Queenbxoxo lol there were a ton of similarities of them. 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2013 at 1:54 AM (Answer #5)

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"Like father, like son." This saying holds more to be true than initially meets the eye in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein and his "son," the creature (or his creation), possess many of the same characteristics when examined on a deeper level. Both are emotional and sensitive beings (as seen by their extremely emotional natures: Victor getting ill when anything goes wrong, and the creature's pull to the DeLacey's and their love for one another). Both are very aware of nature's power (Victor sees nature's power in the lightening strike, and the creature sees the power of nature in fire, the moon, and the sun). Both Victor and the creature speak similarly. (That said, one must remember that it is Walton telling the tale, not Victor and the creature. In this sense, the language of the characters could be that of Walton alone.) Both desire to love and to be loved (the creature over Victor), yet both fail to see the true cost of love (Victor fails to see what his love for Elizabeth will cost him, and the creature fails to see what his love could cost him). 

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