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Frankenstein And The Act Of Paying God

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The act of playing god can have horrible results! Throughout life one comes to realize that playing the role of god has horrible results. Victor Frankenstein is a young man in Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein that plays the role of god throughout the entire book. Victor had a relatively good childhood, which can cause one to think why did he become this way. He starts to think as if he is god when he excels in his studies in college. Throughout the novel a common theme of self-centeredness continually arises. Victor becomes self-centered, thinking he is supreme in the sciences, and that he knows the secrets of life. These thoughts cause terrible events to happen to him and his ...view middle of the document...

He is very troubled by his brother's death and when he nears his home, he stops to watch a lightning storm. Victor says, "A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me, its gigantic structure, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon whom I had given life." Victor knows the truth now; his creation has murdered William. When he gets back to his house he learns that little Justine has been accused of the murder. She will die for it unless he speaks up. He acts as if he is god and makes the decision to be quiet about what he knows (70-85). Again he becomes self-centered in the situation and thinks he has the right to be quiet, not realizing that humanity demanded that he admit his faults, if only for innocent Justine's sake. Victor, in playing the role of god, brings more horrible results; it causes an innocent girl to be put to death. Now we are toward the end of the story, and Victor still plays the role of god, which brings him madness of the mind. Victor says, "I was hurried away by fury; revenge alone endowed me with strength and composure"¦ And now my...

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