The Big Five

Conflicts in literature can be broken into five major categories.

Man vs Society

Man vs Technology 

Man vs Self
“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
“Often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation whilst still urged on by an eagerness which particular increased, I brought my work near to a conclusion.”
“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pain and care I had endeavoured to form.”

Man vs Man
“Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery.” The monster is saying how he wishes he isn’t alive and that he hates Frankenstein for creating him, he wonders why life is so miserable for him and why Frankenstein and other humans enjoy life and not him. He’s blaming Frankenstein and the cottagers for his miserable life.

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even YOU turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own im- age; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.’”

Victor loves the monster at the beginning but he just hates the look of him and feels threatened by him he’s confused and he dosing want to like the monster because he may seem week towards his family of something.

Man vs Nature
“[Scientists] penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding-places. They ascend into the heavens; they have discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe. They have acquired new and almost unlimited powers; they can command the thunders of heaven, mimic the earthquake, and even mock the invisible world with its own shadows”




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