Who are the protagonist, antagonist, and hero in Frankenstein? Why? Support it with quotes.

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"I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create." So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.

Certainly the protagonist is the "daemon" himself:The creature. He is a tragic protagonist, though I have a hard time dubbing him a tragic hero. He achieved no goal. He was plain angry. He is the protagonist, nevertheless.

We know this because, although Victor is the catalyst for the action, it is the creature (whom people erroneously call "Frankenstein") who develops the rising action, climax, and end to the story. He also serves as an anti hero: A much flawed, deeply wounded and highly stereotypical character that inspires both love and hatred in the reader.

The antagonist is Victor- Although HE is "THE" Frankenstein, he serves as a catalyst for the rising action , climax, and ending of the story. He is the creator of the creature,and we know he is the antagonist because he is in constant conflict with the protagonist, who is his creation. Its hard to like Victor, as well, and most of us do not see him as a tragic hero either.

So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.

From the very beginning, as the Artic explorer is writing his letters explaining how he found Victor, we already see that Victor has been a victim of his creation. Hence, even the first letter forshadows the roles of each character.

There is no hero in the story. Nobody fixes the conflict at hand. A hero is a character who uses his or her wit to resolve the conflict of the story. Nobody fixed anything,in fact, we are left with some doubts as to what occured after Victor was found, and the creature was seen.

 

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