Updated: 2/16/2021

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  • Hamartia
  • "Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing joy bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep" (Shelley 47).
  • Hubris
  • "He had apparently been strangled; for there was no sign of any violence, except the black mark of fingers on his neck" (Shelley 149).
  • Peripetia
  • " 'Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.' ...I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet" (Shelley 122).
  • The Creature’s primary tragic flaw or hamartia is the lack of companionship that he faces throughout the entirety of his life. This flaw was initially created when he was first rejected by his creator, Victor Frankenstein.
  • Anagorisis
  • One of the many times that the Creature exhibits excessive pride or hubris is when Victor Frankenstein makes the decision to destroy his second creation. The Creature then shows a sense of revenge when he strangles Victor’s friend, Henry Clerval. Victor is then framed for the murder of Henry demonstrating the consequences of the Creature’s anger.
  • Nemesis
  • "At that instant the cottage door was opened, and Felix, Safie, and Agatha entered. Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?" (Shelley 114).
  • The primary example of peripeteia in the novel Frankenstein is when he makes the decision to kill William Frankenstein. This event occurs after the Creature is rejected by the De Lacey’s. When going through the woods, the Creature encounters a boy that he attempts to befriend, but upon learning his origin as a Frankenstein, he collapses into a fit of rage, killing the young brother of Victor.
  • Catharsis
  • One of the primary examples of anagorisis in the novel Frankenstein is when he find the letters written by Victor Frankenstein during the making of the creature. In these letters, Victor explains his hate for the creature and how much he despises his very existence. Through this, the creature has a sudden realization that he will never have the proper creature/creator relationship or love from human kind.
  • "Soon after my arrival in the hovel, I discovered some papers in the pocket of the dress which I had taken from you laboratory... You minutely described in these papers every step you took in the progress of your work... the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given" (Shelley 111).
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  • The creature’s greatest nemesis is the reject that he faces by various different people such as Victor Frankenstein and the De Lacey family. The primary experience regarding his nemesis is when the De Lacey family fears him to the point of leaving the cottage completely. This situation leaves the creature in utter disarray, questioning what his place is as a creation.
  • "I fired the straw, and heath, and bushes, which I had collected. The wind fanned the fire, and the cottage was quickly enveloped by the flames, which clung to it, and licked it with their forked and destroying tongues" (Shelley 119).
  • The most evident example of catharsis in the novel was after the creatures rejection by the De Lacey’s. After this experience of hate, the creature acts out against the family by setting fire to their cottage. Burning the cottage to the ground sent the creature into a rage as he goes off into the he woods, leading to his next tragic choice.