The monster’s diligence for being human remains a notable aspect of his life throughout the story, however the rejection by society towards him begins to overtake his human nature. David Collings corroborates this view in his Psychoanalytic criticism of Frankenstein by acknowledging that the monster wants to “enter the social world, belong to a family, converse, and have a sexual parOne clearly identifiable human feelings that the monster experiences throughout the novel is remorse for the actions he has taken. This becomes more notable as the story progresses especially when the monster states that his “heart was poisoned with remorse” (Shelley 186). In this vital statement said by the monster, his intense regret for his murders is clearly conveyed. He even goes to the extent to metaphorically hyperbolize his feelings of remorse by stating that they have “poisoned” his heart.
The actions of Frankenstein creating this frightening creature, created a wretched outcome, because the creature was overwhelmed with such hate that the creature had killed people whom Victor Frankenstein cared for. The overall moral of this novel is for one to not have any regrets in one's actions, to have a knowledge of your actions and the outcomes of
Frankenstein spent many weeks and months on his creation and put tedious amounts of work into his experiment. When his creation truly came to life abandoning the creature is what began the chain of events that would become this wretch. Abandonment made the creature lose trust in his creator, after he was seen as a ‘vile insect’(p.118). The creature makes a promise to Frankenstein stating, “I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friend”, (p.119). Frankenstein’s actions made a monster out of his creation.
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.
As the creature stumbles through life, both literally and figuratively, consumed by the raging wildfire of Victor’s abandonment, and fueled by the obsession of beauty and the deprivation of a stable foundation, he wreaks havoc in Victor’s life and the lives of those who surround him. Through the use of Parental Abandonment, Shelley initiates and almost justifies the fatal unchaining of malicious acts done by the hands of the monster, by depicting the events from both Victor’s and The Monsters’ point of view, resulting in The Creature being turned into the monster that everyone thinks him to be.
The creature did not care for anyone, he only felt malice since the moment he was animated. After the creature tries to help a human from death and is only returned by being shot utters this cry,“ Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind,” (Shelley 130). The creature may have tried to help someone but he only does this in the most dire of circumstances and truly only wishes evil upon mankind. After Victor has gone against his promise of creating a companion for the creature, the creature says,“ I may die but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes your misery,” (158). The creature has no compassion for killing Victor’s family and only has a heart full of vengeance due to his being inherently evil.
The Blame Game Throughout the gothic novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, blame is often thrown in two directions. Victor, who created the monster for his own superficial reasons in order to become famous and have the gratification for “conquering death”, is blamed by many. On the other hand, the monster could also be the one to blame, as it is his own destructive actions that bring grief and sorrow to many. From my point of view, there is a simple question and answer. Why did the monster feel like he needed to wreak havoc in order to get empathy and understanding for his own isolated feelings?
This quote shows that isolation causes dangerous behavior. Mentally, Frankenstein is damaged, which is evident when he states that he feels no right to share experiences and converse with his family. Secondly, while in isolation, Frankenstein created a monster. The isolation drove him to create this monster because nobody could help him with his decisions, which presented Frankenstein with awful consequences. Indirectly, Frankenstein’s isolation caused physical destruction to his family because it made him ignorant of the repercussions of his creation.
In some aspects, Frankenstein is similar to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. In both novels, playing God plays a key role in the storylines and has a significant impact on the characters. In Frankenstein, Victor tries to play God by creating life. However, this action winds up hurting him, since his abandoned creation seeks revenge on him for the injustice he causes in the monster's life. It is clear that Victor can not handle the responsibility of playing God, since shortly after finally creating the monster, “breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” and he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being” he creates.
In the film Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein the theme of mistreatment based off physical appearance is portrayed through Frankenstein 's monster.The society is often fearful of the creature and made judgements of his actions based solely off his disturbing physical appearance, without knowing his true characteristics. Even Victor, the man who created the fearful monster eventually abandons him because he is is appalled by his creation. He believed that by creating a being made of the finest parts, the end result would be of equal quality, but when the monster awakens, Victor can see what he has created and recognises that he has done wrong. The creation of an unnatural being, by unnatural means ultimately disgusts Victor. Victor 's rejection of his creation " is based upon the fact that he had worked night and day, at the expense of his own health and family, to "birth" his "son."
Perhaps the greatest similarity between Frankenstein and the Creature is their great hatred for one another. The Creature told Frankenstein himself that he " I declared everlasting war against the species, and more all, against him who had formed me and sent forth to this insupportable misery”(113). The Creature hates Frankenstein for not only creating him, but more so for abandoning him. Victor also hates the Creature, however for a different reason. Victor shouted in rage, "Scoffing devil!
As the monster progresses in the story, he eventually begins trying to befriend multiple people, just by knocking on their cabins only to be attacked by them and chased away (Shelley 78). This shows him being misunderstood as he only wanted to become friends with anybody he could, but he was just assaulted instead. The monster eventually begins to become self-destructive and says he will get revenge on all mankind and he will kill all of Frankenstein 's family, even after he caused the death of four others (122). Eventually, Frankenstein dies and the monster goes to see his dead body. The monster is immediately filled with regret and explains how he is truly sorry for everything that he has done and that he knows there is no way for him to fix all the mistakes he has made (180).
Creation, has suffered many times at the hand of his creator, and we are here today to see that justice is served for the cruel actions of Mr. Victor Frankenstein. In the following trial, we will be proving the defendant guilty of all the above charges. Mr. Creation is charging his creator, Mr. Victor Frankenstein, with negligence. The creation feels as though Mr. Frankenstein did not fulfill his duties