The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
Once victor brings the creature to life, he immediately realizes the hideousness of what he has done: “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley 56). Furthermore, Victor struggles to cope with his creation throughout the novel. The creature wants to take revenge on Victor for abandoning him and causes Victor grief by killing the people he cares about. When the creature kills, Victor feels responsible and guilty of the murders. He continually breaks down with each death by “his” hands, which makes him go mad.
He calls on the “spirits of the dead” and “wandering ministers” so that the “cursed and hellish monster drink deep of agony” and feel “the despair that now torments me”(179). The monster is also capable of wanton destruction when he burns down the DeLaceys’ house and dances “with fury around the devoted cottage”(123) like a savage. Finally, the monster seems to enjoy the pain he causes Frankenstein: “your sufferings will satisfy my everlasting hatred” (181) he writes to Victor. Were these pieces of evidence taken out of context, the reader would surely side with Frankenstein. But Shelley prevents such one-sidedness by letting the monster tell his version of the story.
In a real sense, although Frankenstein does not acknowledge any heavenly creator, he acknowledges his parents for giving birth to him. Contrary to man’s belief that man is made in God’s image, Frankenstein intricates his image in; “my vampire, my spirit let loose from the grave and forced to destroy all that was dear to me” (Shelley 57). Frankestine notes that he finds nothing blamable in all his part. In essence, he tries to justify his action of-of creating a creature which is beyond his control and is killing people. On the other hand, is referred as a criminal make the beast unhappy since it holds that all humans have wronged
These are Victor 's last wishes before he dies a short time after. “And do I dare to ask of you to understand my pilgrimage... No; I am not selfish...and survive to add to the list of his dark crimes" (Shelley 218). This means that Frankenstein is very obsessed with killing the creature. It has come to a point where his only purpose in life is to have the creature killed. Even if that means he has to ask a stranger or a friend to finish the job for him.
In Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein, Victor, the creature, and Walton all incorporate lessons about isolation in their storytelling: don 't run from your problems and fears everyone needs love and companionship is a privilege. Throughout the story, Victor Frankenstein runs away from all of his problems, teaching us not to do the same. Frankenstein irresponsibly created his own life from without thinking of the consequences. When piecing together the body parts of dead individuals, he deludes himself with the belief that he is creating something fantastic and beautiful, until he sees it alive. Victor was alone, on a dark and gloomy night in his laboratory when he brought the creature to life.
The ideal definition of family is about accepting and being supportive, loving, and trusting to one another. In the novel Frankenstein, there was various symbolism, metaphors as well as similes towards the theme of family. Victor’s solitary nature counterbalance, his ability to apprehend the significances of family. Because of his flaws, he ends up inflicting harm to everyone around him as well as repeating his mistakes from his father to his child, the creature. When Victor’s mother Caroline dies she abandons Victor.
The creature, after having his creator abandon him, runs away, isolating himself from the rest of civilization. The creature never learned how to love, creating a heartless killer who, even after telling Victor his story, is hated, leading to the death of everyone Victor loved. If Victor had just sat down and tried to understand where the monster was coming from, it might have led to a different outcome, one quote, “I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous” (69), shows that the monster was miserable, therefore making him a savage, and that the lack of love and happiness can truly make a
Then Victor gets marry and his wife gets killed by the monster. Later in the story Victor vows to find the creature to destroy it, tracks the monster and in a dogsled chase, he almost catches him, but the ice breaks. Walton encounters Victor. Victor, already ill when he meets Walton, dies days
Justine views him as a monster and runs away in panic. When Frankenstein is wounded by the soldiers, his friend Delacy cleans his wound with water from a bucket. Frankenstein sees his reflection in the water and is exasperated. He realizes his deformity is the reason humans are trying to kill him. In his first encounter with Victor, he chases Frankenstein to a mountain where he plans to kill him.