Vision, Language, And Experience
Vision, Language, and Experience
Throughout Shelley?s Frankenstein there is constant tension between the visual and verbal. At one moment the reader can sympathize with the creature and at another the reader can relate with Victor?s anger. The visual portrayal of the creature does have an effect, but not nearly as much as the language. The sympathy changes throughout the volumes particularly do to the narratives of the characters. When Victor speaks it seems believable that the creature is a horrible thing, but when the creature speaks the perspective completely changes. But, there is still a problem because a conclusion cannot be addressed. Though language has an overwhelming effect, there is still a huge communication barrier between the characters in the novel and the reader?s understanding of them. Through this barrier, Shelley conveys a powerful message: people can only truly understand each other when put through the same experience.
In the novel, Victor and Walton are the only two characters that really connect and it is because they share somewhat of the same experience. Both of them are excessively ambitious and both attempt, as Victor is successful, to defy the limitations of man. Walton
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