Essay about The Doppelgänger in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, a major motif running throughout the novel is doppelgänger, which means double. Doppelgänger is a counterpart of a living person, meaning a mirror image of each other, and plays a prominent role in Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein creates a creature, by lingering around graveyards consisting of old body parts. The creature is brought to life and Victor is frightened by what he has created. The creature is the counterpart to his maker, Victor Frankenstein. Victor and the creature resemble each other in more ways than one, exhibited throughout the novel such as their relationship with nature, or desires for family.
“The doctor [Victor Frankenstein] and his monster represent of one another and their
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He feels all of this despite knowing that he created a near seven foot creature chasing him to who knows what the creature will do to him. Meanwhile, the creature also establishes an immerse relationship while the clock turns spring, “My senses were gratified and refreshed by a thousand scents of delight and a thousand sights of beauty” (Shelley 104). The creature cannot endure such fervor of the “most beautiful flowers and verdure” (Shelley 105). Victor and the creature both have an inspiration of nature. Victor has been away for six years, and is returning to his homeland, but when he sees the familiar mountains, it calmed his worries. Nature makes Victor feel small and unimportant because humans last such a short time in comparison to the trees, mountains and rivers. Therefore, the uneasiness of Victor is experiencing vanish because of the thoughts of how beautiful nature is and how minor his worries are compared to the longevity and beauty of the mountains. The mountains hold somewhat of a temporary valve of happiness to Victor as it covers up his sadness and loneliness. The creature is also experiencing a state of loneliness; however his first spring was lively and beautiful to him. It lifted his spirits and eased the loneliness because of the beauty of nature surrounding him. He was still companionless and lonely, but he was not wholly unhappy because nature soothed his feelings of despair with

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