QUOTE: “Do you think, Victor,” said he, “that I do not suffer also? No one could love a child more than I loved your brother” (tears came into his eyes as he spoke); “but is it not a duty to the survivors, that we should refrain from augmenting their unhappiness by an appearance of immoderate grief? It is also a duty owed to yourself; for excessive sorrow prevents improvement or enjoyment, or even the discharge of daily usefulness, without which no man is fit for society. ” (78) ANALYSIS: As Victors brother was killed by the creature he created, the remourse victor and his father have towards his death show weakness.
Men in society are conditioned to be brought up as brave and protective. While Victors father is letting the death of his son affect his well being and health, Victor is trying to keep his weakness hidden from his father in order to keep the family held together. QUOTE: “I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities for ever. But I was restrained, when I thought of the heroic and suffering Elizabeth, whom I tenderly loved, and whose existence was bound up in mine.
I thought also of my father and surviving brother: should I by my base desertion leave them exposed and unprotected to the malice of the fiend whom I had let loose among them? ” (78) ANALYSIS: While Victor lets his weakness get the very best of him, he begins to contemplate just ending his suffering by killing himself, and jumping into the lake. Knowing that Elizabeth and the rest of the family would not be abe to survive without his guidence and protection, he decides not to and find the strength to overcome these urges.
Victor knows that by doing this, it will bring more pain and suffering to his surviving family. QUOTE: “Elizabeth was sad and desponding; she no longer took delight in her ordinary occupations; all pleasure seemed to her sacrilege toward the dead; eternal woe and tears she then thought was the just tribute she should pay to innocence so blasted and destroyed. She was no longer that happy creature, who in earlier youth wandered with me on the banks of the lake, and talked with ecstasy of our future prospects.
The first of those sorrows which are sent to wean us from the earth, had visited her, and its dimming influence quenched her dearest smiles. ” (79) ANALYSIS: Women, in this case Elizabeth are weak and unable to overcome hard times. She feels as if willilams death is her fault and is unable to live past her grief and guilt. Victor is the only thing that can protect her and keep her moving on one day at a time. As a kid they were best friends and he knows that her only hope is his bravery and protection over the family. QUOTE: One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain” (92) ANALYSIS: When the creature is off on its own, it realizes that it can not provide for its ownself. This shows that it can not be considered a realy man because it cant fend for itself in desperate times. When it comes across this fire, it is flushed with releif because without it, it would have to suffer in cold and a way to provide its needs.
Real men in stereotypical society are sought to be able to provide for oneself and others when in need. The creature cant. QUOTE: “Felix seemed ravished with delight when he saw her, every trait of sorrow vanished from his face, and it instantly expressed a degree of ecstatic joy, of which I could hardly have believed it capable; his eyes sparkled as his cheek flushed with pleasure; and at that moment I thought him as beautiful as the stranger. ” (105) ANALYSIS: Felix in this case is taking on a female reaction to something it is attracted to.
Men, emotionally, are supposed to remain tough and unweakened by sensative situations. While he becomes aware of this woman, he is emmidiately drawn to her physical appearance. She does not really notice much of him, and he gives in to her beauty and appears and weak and un manly. QUOTE: “No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing. From my earliest remembrance I had been as I then was in height and proportion.
I had never yet seen a being resembling me, or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I? The question again recurred, to be answered only with groans. ” (109) ANALYSIS: While raising a child, the male of the child is needed to act as the father figure to teach his child to survive and be there for it until it is able to survive on its own. The female, mother, is to nurture and show love towards her child in order for it to grow up living a happy childhood. Without the two role models, a child will grow up not knowing how to live a normal and happy life.