Riddled with guilt Victor “resolved to visit the spot where my poor William had been murdered”(Shelley 49). Victor’s guilt with this event is severe. He apprehended this, and his friend Justine was getting framed for it; though we are not they're yet. Victor was conflicted on
This is due to the fact that when he gains knowledge, he creates a supernatural being, and this monster kills many of his loved ones. One can also see the destructive impact of knowledge through the perspective of the creature. This is evident in that as he reads books and learns how different he is from humanity, he feels miserable and regrets being created. He becomes melancholic first, then vengeful towards his creator because he leads a cursed existence. He, the offspring of Victor’s knowledge, then destroys Victor’s life.
The creation was dangerous to Frankenstein because he could have killed him in his sleep. The Creature told Frankenstein, “The thought was madness; stirred the fiend within me- not I, but she [Justine Moritz], shall suffer; the murder I have committed because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, shall atone… I bent over her and placed the portrait securely in one of the folds of her dress”(Shelley 103). The Daemon is the cause of innocent Justine’s death. His placement of the picture caused Justine to be accused of murder even after she loved the helpless William. Although the Monster framed Justine for William’s murder, the Daemon before announced how beautiful she was.
As the novel progresses, the similarities between the Creature and Dr. Frankenstein become even more apparent. The Creature and Frankenstein both experience rejection throughout the novel. Frankenstein becomes incredibly lonely because of his decision to cut off his current relationships. The guilt that he feels for creating the Creature drives him to isolate himself and keep secrets from those closest to him.
In the two stories, “Enemies’ and “Friends”, from Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, O’Brien introduces two men, Jensen and Strunk. They are both fighting for the same side, but act violently toward one another for no real reason. The social codes and contracts that society is normally governed by have become arbitrary. Most of the time, those who steal are punished so they know that they shouldn’t do it again and so justice has been enacted. However, in the first story, “Enemies,” the complete lack of an attempt by Jensen and Strunk to resolve their conflict using peaceful and healthy conversation, or even going to a superior, demonstrates that normal social contracts have begun to break down.
However, Victors reckless and unthoughtful actions pushes the monster into a state of rage and hatred that overrides his ability to stop from exacting revenge on Victor. Victor initially creates the monster thinking that it will be an amazing creature, built from the best human body parts Victor could procure. After he views the outcome of his work he is repulsed by it and abandons it, hoping that it would cease to exist. Not only did the monster survive, but it learned to speak, write, and read. After reading the book Paradise Lost, the monster thinks of its own situation and states the following: But I was wretched, helpless, and alone.
Ambition is what drives one to achieve their goal; this can ultimately cause a result that is beneficial or disastrous. In Mary Shelly’s, Frankenstein, it is Victor’s stubborn mindset that drives him insane to the point where he eventually lands himself in his grave. It originally starts when Victor becomes ambitious to search for knowledge so that he could go against nature and create a manmade creature to attain fame. The fact that Victor did not think of the consequences leads him to suffer the aftermath. In the end, nothing was gained out of searching for knowledge as Victor and the monster die from suffering from one another.
The monster strangles William to death and made it look like Justine did it by framing her and putting William’s locket in her dress. After Victor marries Elizabeth, the monster also kills her. Victor is now on a downward spiral that eventually leads him to chasing after the monster, that leads us back to the present. The chain of events that occurs within the novel between the monster and Victor led to Victor 's downfall and eventually his death. Shelley 's main purpose for adding the chain of events on the
In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the themes of betrayal, loneliness and helplessness all contribute to the meaning of the pain one feels when they can’t find meaning in life. For example, the theme of betrayal can hurt others is present in the novel, “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber.” (Shelley, 35) When someone is betrayed they can feel attacked on an emotional level, since they no longer have a friend with them. Just like how Victor Frankenstein immediately left the monster he created. After being betrayed it can be harder for someone to trust others since they have just been left alone. Accordingly, the concept of loneliness leads
In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, it scrutinizes the punishments when a man creates life, and plays the role of God. Victor Frankenstein, is at fault for the creature’s actions. Victor was looking for some honor and triumph, but when he accomplished his experiment, not only did it bring terror to Victor, but to the whole world. The monster never learned right from wrong and was never raised correctly, his first moment of life, all he experienced was the fear in Victor's emotion, and was abandoned right from the start. Victor selfishly isolated himself from society and ran away from his responsibilities which caused destruction to the people Victor cared for and loved deeply.
In many novels throughout literature, enemies often share striking similarities. They push and pull at each other to the point where they lead to the each others undoing, yet they share tremendous likeness. In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly Victor Frankenstein and his creature are two sides of one person. Both despise each other, and in doing so they are despising themselves. There is a power struggle between the two adversaries, which leads to both Frankenstein, and his creature ending up alone.