Mirrors between Victor and the Creature

Frankenstein revolves around the conflict between two characters, Victor Frankenstein and the creature. At first glance, the discordant enemies appear to be nothing alike since they are adversaries from the first time they see each other. Many readers would attribute the dissimilarity in character personalities to their actions in the novel. The creature acts benevolently, such as when he tries to save the drowning girl and help the peasants chop wood. On the other hand, Victor appears heartless, such as when he refuses to care for his creation and does not visit his family once in six years. However, when examining the motives behind these actions, Victor and the creature are in actuality doubles of each other. Their motives are parallel throughout the story: both characters begin with a search for identity, with Victor searching for fame while the creature tries to find his role in society. This is followed by a zealous pursuit of revenge of the person each believes is responsible for his failure to get the identity he wants.

The main difference between Victor and the creature lies in their actions. The creature initially has a benevolent nature, seen through his helping the peasants and his inability to understand "how...

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