Victor Frankenstein’s Life & Work In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the story revolves around Victor. Victor Frankenstein lives in Geneva Switzerland with his family. His parents adopted a girl from Milan, named Elizabeth, and she ends up being the sunshine throughout his life. Victor feels that Elizabeth is more than a sister because she was presented to him almost as if she were a gift. The story is about how Victor grows and learns in his lifetime and how Elizabeth affects him in some way throughout his life.
Victor Frankenstein: The Real Monster In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is constantly seeking higher knowledge. His passion for education and his incredible understanding of the sciences leads him to undertake the most serious project of his life: to create life out of nothing. Hellbent on success, Frankenstein never stops to consider the inevitable consequences of his actions. Upon succeeding in his quest, reality set in. As Victor is coming down from his power-hungry frenzy, the enormity of what he had created (an eight foot tall monstrosity, made from the limbs of the deceased) becomes evident.
Throughout the novel Frankenstein, the characters Victor and the Creature often have their conflict but readers can also sense some similarities between the two. While the audience can never distinguish which characters play “heroes” or “villains” in the novel, the readers can often distinguish the two main characters differences and similarities. The more that the novel continues the more similarities arise between the two including their feelings of isolation, wishes for a family or companionship, and capability for love and hatred. Within the first 10 chapters of the novel, the readers begin to understand the characters Victor and “The Creature’s” experiences with isolation and abandonment, but both experience neglect in their own way.
Walton ultimately adds great amounts of suspense in the mysterious character known as Victor Frankenstein, and the outcome of the novel right away in the book. The story of Victor and the creature is told to Robert Walton, and the entire book was based out of his eyes and what was told to him by Frankenstein. The reader may be missing a key part of the relationship between Victor and the creature but the readers will never know because the book can only have in it what Robert Walton was told by Victor. Robert Walton only has a minimal part in the text of the play, but his role in helping the reader relate to Victor is bigger than every other character in the
Frankenstein is a thought-provoking novel that empowers readers to have their own opinions about who the actual monster is and what it looks like. Readers can conclude that Victor Frankenstein is the actual monster in Frankenstein because of how he views himself, how he creates destruction, and how he destroys himself. Many people characterize themselves as being a monster because of their self-image. Readers can deduce that Victor thinks he is a gruesome individual because of what creates. Even though he is not at fault, he blames himself for every atrocious act that his creation carries out.
“Believe me, Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?” (Shelley 103) The monster once was happy, but he had no parent figure to guide him. Also, Victor does not give his creation a chance at a loving relationship. The monster is left with no figure to guide him in life so he goes off on his own. “You my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow yellow-creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me.
Victor Frankenstein created the creature to be humanlike and complex, “I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to prevent me to doubt my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man.” (Shelley 32). Victor spent countless hours trying to perfect the human form and make his creation
The Creature’s feelings of rejection from society and the abandonment from Victor compel him to use violence and seek revenge. In so, the Creature ends up killing a great many of people throughout the story, some of which include: Victor’s younger brother William, Justine Moritz, Victor’s close friend Henry Clerval, and Victor’s soon to be wife Elizabeth Lavenza. Many would say that the story of “Frankenstein” from the start sets out to make the creature seem to be naturally evil and a monstrosity of a thing which is directly the cause of its uncontrollable bloodthirstiness, but I believe this to not be the case. Although the Creature behaves viciously and murders several people, he is not inherently evil or malicious. It is because of the human relationships he endured and the consequences of a neglected psycho-social responsibility that drove him to do such
The novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley depicts certain ideas that can not be described or written within novels. For example, the telling of the story between three different narrators can teach the reader about putting together “pieces of a puzzle” in order to understand the plot of the story. The three narrators in Frankenstein are Victor, Walton, and the Creature, all with very distinct personalities and character traits. Of these storytellers, Victor could possibly be debated as the most extraordinary. The qualities that make Victor pictured as this unique character, that the fact that he is a dynamic character, and that he is an unreliable narrator.
The monster that Victor Frankenstein created was a Byronic hero. A Byronic Hero is a charismatic, broken, dark individual often in exile with a troubled past. The hero has flaws that make him more human like and attainable to the audience. He is a vulnerable and imperfect being and in these traits we find Victor Frankenstein’s monster. Lord Byron penned the first Byronic hero in 1812 and when Mary Shelly wrote, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,”(1823) she was arguably influenced from his epic poem, “Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.” (1812-1818) Additionally, Shelly was greatly influenced by John Milton’s, “Paradise Lost,” (1667) as evidenced by the correlations between Satan and Frankenstein’s monster.