Frankenstein & Beowulf.pdf - Hernandez 1 Laura Hernandez Ms Furkert AP English Literature Composition 3 6 October 2019 Frankenstein Beowulf The

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Hernandez 1 Laura Hernandez Ms. Furkert AP English Literature & Composition 3 6 October 2019 Frankenstein & Beowulf The world of literature has an immense number of books and stories to tell. One book known universally is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. A young scientist name Victor Frankenstein gave life to a creature who is recognized as the best-known monster in history. The tragic yet life learning novel of Victor and the monster leads to death and fear. Likewise, an epic poem named Beowulf takes the reader to the Anglo-Saxon period where Christianity was influenced. Beowulf had to confront several monsters to live in tranquility, but he eventually never reached his goal of being stress-free. Archetypes are recurring symbolic patterns in literature. The three categories of archetypes, which are situational, character, and symbol, are present in both Frankenstein and Beowulf. Society shapes the individual in Frankenstein and Beowulf due to the use of archetypes: The Fall, The Outcast, and Magic Weapons. First off, Frankenstein and Beowulf share the same ideology of the situational archetype known as The Fall. The Fall is described as a decent from a higher to a lower state of mind and is a loss of innocence and bliss. In Frankenstein, it states “‘Shall each man,’ cried he ‘find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by destination and scorn. Man! You may hate; but beware! Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever’” (Shell ey 149). The monster felt offended and upset because Victor rejected the creation of a female monster. Victor thoroughly concluded his decision in not making him a mate. Since
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Hernandez <#> the monster had killed various innocent lives, he feared that another monster would bring more conflict. Although Victor explained himself to the monster, he denied the fact that he would permanently be solitary. In addition, Beowulf suffers the fall as well. In Beowulf, it s tates, “‘I’d leave my armor to my son, now, if God had given me an heir, a child born of my body, his life created from m ine’” ( Raffel l. 742-744). As Beowulf departed from his ongoing battle land, he mentions he’d pass his throne to his son. Ho wever, he never gave himself the opportunity to have a family. Now that he’s on his deathbed after fighting a monster, he is left with no hope and worries for a moment. Fortunately, a loyal man named Wiglaf is given Beowulf’s throne and is in charge to rule the Geats. On the other hand, the monster and Beowulf have different perspectives at the end of The Fall. “‘ Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, they creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you spot thus with life?’” (Shelley 88-89). The monster in Frankenstein questions
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