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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein': Characterization Development Of Protagonist Victor Frankenstein

5 pages in length. Mary Shelley' Frankenstein utilizes several components in developing the characterization of protagonist Victor Frankenstein, which becomes quite clear when one examines character description, character behavior, other character's thoughts about him, as well as what he thinks about himself. In this precedence-setting novel, Shelley’s novel is more than it appears on the surface; clearly, when one looks at the dark undertones and truly begins to feel what Victor was doing and feeling throughout the story, one might wonder whether Shelly's purpose was to portray Victor as more a representative of death rather than life. Within the first chapter, the reader finds Victor possessively obsessed with his adopted sister Elizabeth, who, he claims, was 'my more than sister, since till death she was to be mine only.' This early indication sets up the reader for the further understanding of his obsessive nature, ultimately leading to the conclusion his character development. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' / The Doctor vs. The Victim

A 5 page comparison of Victor Frankenstein himself with the Creature he made. The paper characterizes Dr. Victor Frankenstein as a portrait of all those scientific over-achievers who give no heed to the ethics of their experimentations, and Victor's Creature as the representation all those victims who have to live with the effects. Bibliography lists three sources.

How Mary Shelley's Life is Reflected in "Frankenstein"

A 5 page paper which examines how Mary Shelley's life is reflected in her classic Gothic novel, "Frankenstein," such as the death of her mother, the death of her son and the loneliness of her life as depicted in the characters of Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and the primary narrator, Robert Walton. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Mary Shelley/Victor Frankenstein

A 5 page essay that explores and analyzes the role of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's famous novel. The writer argues that Shelley's narrative demonstrates how Victor chose to step out side the boundaries of the social system, and then to ignore his own socialization as a child in dealing with the "infant" that he created. It is therefore Victor who became monstrous through his anti-social behavior. No additional sources cited.


This paper discusses the significane of the friendship between Henry Clerval and Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. The essay examines what, symbolically and physically, the friendship represents to Frankenstein. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Feminist Overtones in Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”: The Symbolism in the Role of “Victor”

A 5 page discussion of Mary Shelly’s classic science fiction. The author contends that the underlying theme of subjugation could be interpreted to apply to the societal situation which the feminist movement as a whole has revolted against. The primary perpetrator of this situation in Mary Shelly’s "Frankenstein" is identified as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s fictional creator. No additional sources are listed.

An Analysis of the Character of Victor Frankenstein

A five page paper which looks at the character of Victor Frankenstein in the early chapters of Mary Shelley’s novel, and considers whether the character is presented in a sympathetic light in terms of his psychological development and motivation. Bibliography lists 1 source.

"Frankenstein" and Issues of Abandonment

An 8 page paper which discusses various conditions of abandonment in "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. The relationships discussed are that of Victor and the creature, Victor and Elizabeth, and Victor and his mother. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.

The Acculturation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" Creature

A 6 page paper which examines the actions and reflections of the creature, disclosed through the double frame of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Captain Robert Walton. Specifically considered is the creature's growing awareness, interactions with others, and the grasp of the materials that provide for his self-education so that conclusions may be drawn about his sensibility, psychological/moral/ethical states, his interactions with others, progression of his character to evaluate whether he is truly a "monster." Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Mary Shelley’s Original “Frankenstein” and the Social Construction of Gender:

This 5 page report discusses Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s (1797-1851) “Frankenstein” and the ways in which serves as a metaphor for the social realities regarding gender in the early 19th century. The premise is that women are rejected in their efforts to be whole as surely as the monster was. In fact, the circumstances of the early 19th century would appear to people of the early 21st century to have been more disturbing than what was faced by Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s hapless creature. Bibliography lists only the primary source.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

(5 pp)The complex system of framing devices used in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, where in some parts, the Creature is telling the story to Victor Frankenstein, who, then tells the story to-Captain Robert Walton, who chooses to -recount the story in letters to-Margaret Saville. This story-telling device, not only let's us know what is going on, but it also informs us of the attitudes of those telling the tale, and who does, or does not know about someone else. This complex confidentiality will be examined in this discussion.

Victor Frankenstein

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is seen as an extension of his own creation, mirrored in behavior and psychological representations of the self. This 5 page paper explores the psychological associations of doubling as defined by Sigmund Freud. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


This 4 page paper discusses the process of creation that Victor Frankenstein followed in Shelley's Frankenstein's Monster. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Frankenstein/Defending the Monster

A 4 page essay that argues that Mary Shelley's portrayal of the Monster in her novel Frankenstein, indicts Dr. Victor Frankenstein rather than misbegotten creature that he brings into the world. In Shelley's novel, it is clear that the monster is an innocent, a "child" who has been deprived not only of his birth right, which is the love of his "parent," Dr. Frankenstein, but also of being able to have any place within human society and all because of his appearance, not because of his character. An examination of Shelley's text makes it clear that it is human society and, specifically Dr. Frankenstein, who is at fault and not the poor monster who did not ask to be created. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Satan & Frankenstein’s Monster

A 4 page essay that discusses the similarities between Satan in Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and the character of Frankenstein’s Monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Both characters were expelled from the place where they were created by their creators. Both were are considered hideous in form. Both are evil. However, there are also differences between the two characters that relate to the very different intentions of each author. No additional sources cited.