Weekly Reading Response- Frankenstein

Mourning nor the burden of the social trouble he has

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mourning nor the burden of the social trouble he has caused, and this burden starts to encroach on his mind even in this once place of refuge in nature (For example, when he dumps the second body out in the secluded lake). Frankenstein carries the burden just as the man in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner carries the burden of the albatross. Both characters’ actions have effects that do not only punish themselves, but others, further driving the theme that humans are socially linked rather than the self-reliant individuals that transcendentalism promotes. This trend comes to a head when Victor’s avoidance of his problems surmounts to the monster finally literally penetrating into Victor’s refuge setting in nature when the final confrontation of creator vs. creation leads them on a cat and mouse chase through the mountains. With all social ties stripped, the refuge of nature crumbles as well. The setting increasing becomes more barren of nature as they head to the arctic, until finally this landscape becomes nothing but the aligning metaphor that
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nothing remains except Victor’s necessity to confront and take social responsibility for his wrongdoing to society. Thus rather than the pro-transcendentalist work this could seem to be on the surface, Frankenstein illustrates the necessity of humans to belong to society. One cannot sustain well-being through mere self- reliance amongst nature because of the inherent need to be linked to other humans that sets apart humans from the natural world.
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