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Shawnna Hoyt 3113127 Eng1500 Dr J Noble January 222003 In Frankenstein Mary Shelleys artful development of the two main characters appear to paint a contrasting picture of good vs evil However upon closer examination the reader can see the parallel traits that Shelly has emphasised in each character This use of character development demonstrates that neither character is black and white but rather shades of grey that are blended in to create a picture of two characters that not only parallel and contrast with each other but provide for each other necessary qualities in a sort of symbiotic relationship The novel opens with a series of letters written by Captain R Walton a sea captain off on an adventure in the frigid cold Arctic It is in these letters written to his sister that the reader gets a preemptive glimpse into the character of Victor Frankenstein an intelligent scholarly genteel victim rescued from his near certain icy grave His limbs were nearly frozen and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering I never saw a man in so wretched a condition F25 Captain Walton continues to describe his precursory impression of Frankenstein to be a noble creature in his better days being even now in wreck so attractive and amiableF27 and continuing the positive affirmation of character stating yet i have found a man who before his spirit had been broken by misery I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heartF27 Letter IV dated August 5th 17- introduces Frankenstein as an interesting sweet man with frequent bouts of depressive behaviour I never saw a more interesting creature and he is generally melancholy and despairing and sometimes gnashes his teeth as if impatient of the weight of the woes that oppresses himF25 Captain Walton continues his description of this man on the brink of destruction as a well mannered silent uneasy and grievous soul who is
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