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1 Power Struggle“One of the strongest human drives seems to be a desire for power. Write an essay in which you discuss how a character in a novel or drama struggles to free himself or herself from the power of others or seeks to gain power over others. Be sure to demonstrate in your essay how the author uses this power struggle to enhance the meaning of the work.Iscelle Inuit, Sarah Watson, Hannah Cox, Armand Yaptangco, Alex Nguyen, Hailey Brooks
2 Literal MeaningPower struggle – a situation where two or more people or groups are trying to become the more or the most powerful.
3 RelatesVictor and the creature were trying to gain power over each other. Victor wanted to harness the power of science to conquer disease. The creature gained power over Victor through his threats.
4 Examples“’I do refuse it,’ [Victor] replied; “and no torture shall ever extort a consent from me. You may render me the most miserable of men, but you shall never make base in my own eyes’” (104).
5 Examples“’Remember that I have power you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; - obey!’” (122).
6 Example“’Devil,’ [Victor] exclaimed, ‘do you dare approach me? And do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust!’” (68).
7 The 6 Step Thesis1: The scientist struggles 2: The remorseful scientist constantly struggles 3: In the novel, “Frankenstein,” the remorseful scientist constantly struggles after the creation of the monster 4: In the novel, “Frankenstein,” the remorseful scientist, Victor, constantly struggles after the creation of the monster 5: In the novel, “Frankenstein,” the remorseful scientist, Victor, constantly struggles after the creation of the monster as the creature gains dominance over Victor 6: In the novel, “Frankenstein,” the remorseful scientist, Victor, constantly struggles after the creation of the monster as the creature gains dominance over Victor through the murder of Victor’s loved ones, harassing Victor with ominous threats, leading him on a teasing chase for justice.
8 POINT OF VIEW“But I consented to listen, and seating myself by fire which my odious companion had lighted, he thus began his tale” (Page 70). “Yesterday the stranger said to me, “You may easily perceive, Captain Walton, that I have suffered great and unparalled misfortunes” (Page 13).
9 IRONY“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and the breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” “Justine also was a girl of merit, and possessed qualities which promised to render her life happy, now all was to be obliterated in an ignominious grave, and I the cause!” “This letter revived in my memory what I had before forgotten, the threat of the fiend- ‘I will be with you on your wedding night’”.
10 METAPHORS-“When I found so astonishing a power placed within my hands, I hesitated a long time concerning the manner in which I should employ it…Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world” (32). Weather/Nature: The weather also serves as a quiet metaphor throughout the novel. Like sickness, it too, foreshadows coming events The Monster: In many ways, the monster himself is a metaphor for Victor's life.
11 Two Pivotal Moments-“I thought with a sensation of madness on my promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged. The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness, and, with a howl of devilish despair and revenge, withdrew” (121). -“They were dead, and I lived; their murderer also lived, and to destroy him I must drag out my weary existence. I knelt on the grass, and kissed the earth, and with quivering lips exclaimed, “By the scared earth on which I kneel, by the shades that wander near me, by the deep and eternal grief that I feel, I swear; and by thee, O Night, and the spirits that preside over thee, to pursue the daemon, who caused this misery, until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict” (150).