Vengeance, an act of inflicting pain and suffering on another individual, was used between the two protagonists as a means to resolve conflict. The monster accomplished his revenge by murdering Victor's loved ones, while Victor responded through direct violence on the monster and his creature bride. Ultimately, both achieve their revenge on each other through their own demise. These acts resulted in tragic and devastating consequences for both Victor Frankenstein and the monster. If Victor has created his monster, and integrated him into society, and gave him the knowledge, affection he deserved, then it can be inferred his relationship with humans would have been completely different.
He vowed, “eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind” (p 121). The monster’s suddenly became obsessed with vengeance. He gave up all good to be a ruthless killer, in hopes to make the creator’s life miserable. On his tireless search for his creator, he of Victor and said, “The nearer I approached to you habitation, the more deeply did I feel the spirit of revenge rekindles in my heart” (p 120). Because of the monsters endowment to revenge, many lives were lost.
Everyone has had a moment in their life when they have been evil. In the poem Beowulf, good vs. evil is greatly used in conflict between many of the characters. Beowulf, a warrior helps out Hrothgar when his land was being attacked by a monster named Grendel, who was an ugly beast. Beowulf defeats Grendel and kills him with just his hands. Grendel’s mother becomes very angry that Beowulf killed her son so she wants revenge.
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.
" 'Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy -- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.” Upon his arrival to Geneva The Monster comes across a ‘beautiful child’, Victor’s younger brother William. The Monster was then enraged, and fueled by vengeance. This is Shelley’s way of revealing the Monster’s true inner character, and reminding the reader of his burning hatred for Victor. The tragic death of young William was 100% caused by the negligence of Victor.
This tore the heart of the daemon, causing him to respond with fierce aggression. Despite victor’s previous hopes for benevolence, Victor was proved wrong once more and the daemon murdered Henry. The creature threatened to make Victor suffer, and to bring harm to all that he loved. Victor then finally made the commitment and prepared to destroy the creature, even if it cost him his own life. The creature murdered the wife of Victor- Elizabeth, and it was only after this that he decided to take measures and pursue the beast.
What makes people do the right thing vs. wrong thing or wrong thing vs. right think in general what makes people do the things that they do? Victor Frankenstein creates a monster thinking would turn out to be a good outcome instead resulted in a backfire. The creature turns out to become evil as things lead him into seeking revenge on his creator Victor. Positive and negative reinforcement end up turning the characters to seek revenge amongst each other. Going from a happy living like to a messed up crazy life Victor had to go through this because the decision of creating his creature.
The monster then decides to take the life of Victors companion. He does this for revenge as that is the one thing Victor refuses the monster. The reason for these characters deaths is in Foster's words “to put stress on other characters.”(90) These deaths cross a breaking point in Victor's mind. When Victor has nobody left in his life he makes up his mind to kill the monster in an act of violent passion. He sets out to hunt the monster, but gets sick and dies on his journey.
The monster may have murdered the people but its ironic because Victor was trying to kill him. The monster points out that “you accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature” (Shelley 88). It’s easy to blame the monster for all of this, and it may look like that on the outside because he actually murdered the people but Victor has equal responsibility. Victor his creator abandoned him and left him alone in the world. The melancholy and lonely monster realized “ he too can create desolation” (Shelley 132) toward Victor.
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.