In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the need for revenge on his monster. The demon that Victor creates kills Elizabeth, one of his many victims that are close to Victor’s heart, and this sets Victor over the psychological edge. Victor gets consumed with a burning sensation and hatred for the monster: “I was possessed by a maddened rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreak a great and signal revenge on his cursed head” (Shelley 147). This heated quote shows the intense hatred Victor has for his creation. He actually prays for the opportunity to get his hands on the monster so he can kill him himself.
He swears to take revenge on his creator, Victor, so he killed Victor’s friends and family one by one. In the end, the monster also killed Victor’s wife Elizabeth. It wanted Victor to know how it felt during its life, lonely and misunderstood. In the middle of the novel, Victor makes a statement to Walton about his destiny, trying to use his own experience to exhort, change, and prevent Walton’s desire and passion for adventure.
The creature went on to terrorize Victor’s family and life by killing William and blaming Justine. “Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be they Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel. Whom thou drive from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded…” (87) The monster compares himself to devil.
Throughout Frankenstein, Shelley uses Victor to warn the reader of the dangers of aspiring to godliness, and the consequences one faces in the aftermath doing so, even going as far as to compare Victor to Satan, tempting the crew of Walton’s ship, in the book’s final pages. The Victor Shelley creates is very similar to the Satan created by Milton in his book, Paradise Lost, which explores the biblical tale of Adam and Eve. In Frankenstein, Victor speaks of his desire to create the Creature, saying, “I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow-creatures.” (152). Shelley’s diction choices, such as the word “useless” exemplify Victor’s excessive hubris, portraying him as a man who creates his Creature for, in his mind, the good of society.
Frankenstein losing his innocence resulted in a monster, whom lost his innocence due to constant rejection. The loss of innocence in Frankenstein and his monster led to the unfortunate deaths of Frankenstein's family and friends. The monster desired revenge and found it in murdering the innocent people Frankenstein loved. Justine, William, Clerval, and Elizabeth were all people Frankenstein held close to his heart, losing his innocence put them in danger. The monster losing his innocence also put them in danger, as they became his targets in getting revenge on the only person who was supposed to love
It is clear that Dr. Frankenstein is in a regretful mindset when he states, “I suffered living torture.” Meaning that he knew it was never Justine who killed William. However, he would never be able to speak up because he is fearful that he will be perceived as mad by his family and by the public. This was just one of the consequences that Frankenstein has to face due to his creation. Frankenstein also recognizes the fact that it is ultimately his own fault that William has died and that Justine will be wrongly sentenced for his death.
Ben Jacobson Mr. Fries March 13, 2017 H Block Parallel Between Opposites Thesis Statement- In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, the main protagonist, Victor, sees aspects of his own persona reflected in the image of the Creature. No matter who you are, at one point in your life you will find yourself staring into what you thought was the opposite of you and it later turns out to be the mirror image of you. For Victor it was upon the creation of the Creature; he grew so scared of what he had done and therefore become he fled the scene. For the Creature, it was upon the realization that when he kills and follows he is not better than the one person he vowed to destroy.
Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein” highlights an interesting fictional scenario where Victor Frankenstein, the supposed doomed protagonist of the story creates an intelligent, but grotesque monster after studying in Ingolstadt and discovering the secret to life. After Victor resurrects the creature from the dead, which is made up of old fashioned body parts, he abandons it. The reason for this is because of the creatures’ monstrosity of an appearance; Frankenstein’s own creation horrifies him when he looks at it. After being disregarded by his so called “father” the Creature is left to face the world with no understanding of it or of himself.
The creature comes to understand that the anguish endured and the joy he was deprived of was because of his creator, Victor Frankenstein, and he seeks revenge upon him and other privileged individuals in society. During his time in Geneva, the creature captures a young boy with the intention of educating him as his own companion. When he comes to know that the boy, William Frankenstein, is a relative of his enemy, the creature grasped his throat until he lay dead. The monster becomes fixated on tormenting and destroying Victor Frankenstein, who is the cause of his misery, and states that the murder of William is just one of the many (Shelley 126-127). He then leaves the spot where the murder was committed and searches for a secluded hiding place and he finds a barn.
In Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein Doctor Victor Frankenstein gives an inanimate object life. After giving it life he abandons it and learns that it is responsible for little William 's death. Victor is forced to create the monster a woman so the monster won 't be lonely. This also gives the monster a chance to love and to be loved. Victor then realizes that creating a woman for the monster would possibly end human existence.
As technology advances, the lives of many people are getting better. This is portrayed by in, “Dr. D” a nonfiction article by Lauren Slater, which is about the works and dreams of a plastic surgeon who reasons that putting wings on a human can be the next big thing. Another nonfiction article, “Replaceable You” by Smithsonian Magazines, talks about the production of the bionic limbs and organs, and how they helped many people feel like they don’t have a disability or lack of something which someone has. Frankenstein, on the other hand, is a fictional story crafted by Mary Shelley which portrays a man who creates a monster from the dead to try to destroy death, but instead creates more deaths because of his ignorance. Technology designed for
All the monster wanted was company, but because he feels alone. He tries to make friends with the people, but every time someone saw him, they would scream and run away from him. When he talks to Frankenstein, he tells him “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me.” The monster first kills Victor 's little brother because he is mad at Victor for creating him the way he is.
Victor blames himself for the deaths of his friends when he says, "I am the cause of this-I murdered her. William, Justine and Henry-they all died by my hands”(136). This is essentially true because it was Frankenstein who created the Creature and made him a monster by abandoning him. It is Frankenstein who is the monster Frankenstein hating himself for lack of thought when unleashing his creation into the world upon his own kind., the monster hating him for his abandonment. In their hate they are each fighting for control of the
What makes the creature in Frankenstein a monster is that he is both a scientific creation and his physical features and his actions of murder deviate from society’s expectations. Throughout the novel Frankenstein’s creation is never given a real name. Instead, society names the creature by his physical features. In the novel he is called; a “demoniacal corpse, wretch, daemon, devil, monster, ogre, the being and creature” (36, 68, 102, 164, 165). Besides not having a name, Frankenstein’s creature is also described using the terms deformity and monster.