In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein brings his creation to life and has to endure the repercussions of his actions. While Victor is in fact human, the question of whether the creature or Victor is more human still stands. Humanity is demonstrated as compassionate in the book and monstrosity is the opposite. The creature is more human because of his developed personality and desire to be human. Victor, although born into a humane family, evolved into everything bad about humanity; he developed obsession, resentment, and manipulated life to conform to his idealities.
This shows how both “Frankenstein” and “The Tempest” present similar themes to their audience in different ways. Frankenstein’s and Prospero’s characteristics are undifferentiated from one another. From the start, Frankenstein and Prospero both cared and showed kindness towards their creations, but as time went on, they grew hatred upon them. Throughout “The Tempest”, it is evident that
Victor Frankenstein is selfish. The novel portrays Victor as a selfish character who is only concerned about his own well-being. Frankenstein wanted to manipulate the power of life. He abandons his creation because of the creature’s appearance and also withholds information or lies about his creation. Due to Victor 's selfishness, readers feel sorry for his creation.
Since genetics does not play any role in this scenario, we are able to say that both Victor and the monster are who they are, due to the environment they were raised up in, how society changed their personality, and how knowledge was able to change and influence their way of thinking. Overall, people need to stop judging others by how they are on the outside, and instead, give them a chance to be your friend. If society did not disapprove of the monster, then they would have been amazed of the outcome. The monster wasn’t always a horrible being. If more people can take the time to actually befriend or even just talk to someone that is “different,” then we can live in a world without differences.
After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand, primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same. The monster is a product of Frankenstein; “Creator and created” (Hennessy).
He decides that he must dissuade that side of him to stop, and he is hoping that getting an animal will do that. His empathy does not stop him from doing the actions of a bounty hunter, just merely causes him to question it. Even in this passage, he continues to use the word “retiring” when referring to murdering the androids, which shows how deeply conditioned he is to begin with. Even with the empathy he felt, he still uses the language that dehumanizes them. He does not question the standards of empathy placed on him about humans and animals nor knows how to react to feeling even the slightest bit of empathy for androids.
Since genetics did not play a major role in this scenario, both Victor and the monster are who they are, due to the environment they were raised up in, how society changed their personality, and how knowledge was able to change and influence their way of thinking. Overall, people need to stop judging others by how they are on the outside, and instead, give them a chance to be your friend. If society did not disapprove of the monster, then they would have been amazed by the outcome. The monster wasn’t always a horrible being. If more people can acquire the time to actually befriend or even just talk to someone that is undergoing a difficult time in their life, then humans can live in a much more pleasant world.
However, too much passion for something as seen through Victor and the monster may end up being chaotic and can in the end spiral out of control. Shelley in Frankenstein emphasizes what it means to be human through our human needs and desires. She highlights the theme of being human through the way humans crave love and affection, as there is a need for human contact and even a need to be socially accepted by the people around you. During the 19th century, society judged everyone and everything by their physical appearance alone without taking into any consideration the true values of an individual. Society 's definition of what it means to be human was simply based on an individual 's outer appearance as seen through the way Victor praised beauty.
Regardless of who we strive to be, or who we dare not to be, those who we respect and look up to will be the ones who leave an impression on our lives. To the Monster’s credit, it continued to pursue a life of good deeds until the people it idolized turn on it. Because of the influence made on it by its parental figures the Monster behaves like an outsider, and as an outsider it gains new role models and is governed by new emotions such as anger and hate. The monster should not be blamed for its malicious nature, rather, the people who taught it hate and the Doctor who created it without a true intent of being its
Notorious for its landmarking in uncovering the recently discovered genre, Frankenstein, an acclaimed gothic fiction novel by English writer Mary Shelley, utilizes Victor’s mental illness to transform him into the monster rather than just the creator, as reflected through his actions and thoughts. Frankenstein 's tendency to be ignorant, isolated, unjust, and disturbed in his treatment toward the monster, friends, and family; as well as the sickening thoughts in his head made known to the reader by the first-person narrative causes him to appear less human than the product of his experiment. Subsequently, Victor 's unnatural habits, desire for knowledge beyond what is morally feasible, his wretched actions and grotesque thoughts depicts him as the main villain. It becomes evident that Victor is the character most heinously affiliated through his projection of pure spite toward his creature and his actions. It is argued by many that we are born innately with good intentions, and a lot of our personality is brought out by nurture; this concept shows true in Frankenstein by the changes that the creature’s personality endures as a product of Victor 's influence.