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. Frankenstein created the creature so he could manipulate the power of life, not to learn from the experience. He is so immersed in his studies, fascinated by the creation of life. He studies what the human body is made up of and how it falls apart. Victor completely disengages from the world when away at school after his mother dies of scarlet fever. "It is so long before the …show more content…
In reality, he is disgusted by the sight of his creation so he abandons it leaving it all alone in the world without any guidance and runs away to the next room. Victor himself suffered from being a social outcast and now he bestowed the same feeling onto the creature by abandoning him. By treating the creature as an outcast, “he will become wicked … divide him, a social being, from society, and you impose upon him the irresistible obligations—malevolence and selfishness” (Caldwell). Not only is Victor selfish for abandoning his creature but he is shallow as well. Instead of realizing that he achieved his goal of bringing life to an inanimate body he runs way because of how hideous it is. "Never did I behold a vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling hideousness. I shut my eyes involuntarily" (Shelley 228). Even Walton is repulsed by the creature’s …show more content…
These are Victor 's last wishes before he dies a short time after. “And do I dare to ask of you to understand my pilgrimage... No; I am not selfish...and survive to add to the list of his dark crimes" (Shelley 218). This means that Frankenstein is very obsessed with killing the creature. It has come to a point where his only purpose in life is to have the creature killed. Even if that means he has to ask a stranger or a friend to finish the job for him. In the quote he claims not to be selfish, even though all he cares about is killing his creation to make himself feel better. Since these are Frankenstein 's last wishes, it foreshadows his death and makes it so he won 't be the one to kill the creature. This quote also tells us that even in his delirious state Victor is still enraged with the creature, which means that he will not die in peace, but disturbed and unfulfilled. The creature becomes defensive. "Life...is dear to me, and I will defend it" (Shelley 96), this is ironic because not only does the creature kill others showing his selfishness, which he is mirroring Victor 's earlier selfish intentions for creating the creature, but earlier he was suicidal. Now the creature has to ask permission for a better life from a person that doesn 't even seem to value it. The creature also reminds
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Only until then, witnessing that horrific and table turning experience did the creature turn on his creator and wanting revenge by killing all the people Victor loves. At this point, in the book Frankenstein’s creature says “ I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn. Man! you may hate; but beware! Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever” (122).
Victor Frankenstein and Lady Macbeth take it upon themselves to call evil spirits to help them in their endeavors, in the end the calling of spirits is no help and things end badly for both characters. This theme of calling on spirits is a common one in literature, though the results may not be exactly what the characters had hoped to accomplish in most cases. The calling on of evil spirits ends negatively for both Victor Frankenstein and Lady Macbeth, ultimately leading to their deaths. Victor Frankenstein spent a lot of time in his younger years creating his creature, his goal was to make it perfect and to be the first to create life in this way. His creation turned out to be a disaster and Victor's irresponsibility led to the monster becoming exactly that.
I personally believe that Victor Frankenstein is curious, selfish, and cowardly. Victor’s outlook on the world has always been more on the curious side since he was a kid, but you know what they say, curiosity killed the cat. In the book Frankenstein gives us an insight on what his child was like. In chapter two, he says “The world was to me a secret which I
Most of his feelings of grief can be seen as blows to his pride, ego, and perceived social status; the loss of his family members shatter the identity that Victor has built of himself as a kind and present son, husband, and brother. Victors robust feelings of worth overshadow any true intimacy he could share with his family. Ardently, driven to fulfill his destiny, he is self-consumed. Whereas Vitalists would argue that Victor chose to play god by creating life, and in a vain attempt for glory, suffered the consequences of his sins. Victor attempts to mend his wrongdoings: he first refuses to create a companion for the creature, then reluctantly agrees.
After all of the terror his ambition causes the life of Victor begins to reach the end. On his death bed Victor begins to reflect on his entire life and remarks that “In a fit of enthusiastic madness [he] created a rational creature, and was bound towards him, to assure, as far as was in [his] power, his happiness and well-being” (165). The reason that the ambition of Victor is so dangerous is because he chose the most unethical path to gain glory and fame. Victor in essence is an incredibly cruel “father” who abandoned his child as soon as it was born and allows it to go out into the cold hard world with absolutely no
However, in the story Victor had the biggest responsibility out of everyone to care for the creature he created. If he was not going to care for it nor have it cared for he should’ve destroyed it. Even his creation after suffering the rejection of a family he came to love exclaims,
Victor came from a privileged family and decided he wanted to play god, which is when he created the monster. It was selfish of Victor to create the monster and leave without explaining the world it. After reading this essay I think you will also have sympathy for the monster. Sympathy is when you have feelings of pity or sorrow towards someone 's misfortune (Oxford Dictionaries, 1998).
He starts his own plan to for revenge against the creature, but this makes him just as beastly as the monster. Victor makes it his life goal, to make the monster pay in any way he can. He wants him to feel lonely and isolated forever. The beast takes a lot out on Victor and makes him feel exactly the way he feels
Victor Frankenstein turns away from his responsibilities by ignoring the existence of his creation. Throughout the novel, Victor is constantly running away from the monster and not giving him attention, which resulted in the monsters change of personalities. For example, in page 71 the creation said, “All men hate the wretched; how must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” This quote suggests that because of the ignorance of Victor the monster began to become evil and have the urge to seek
In the novel, Victor is seen as an optimist, who hopes to create human life takes a drastic turn towards the worst. His creation of a monster, by giving life to a man with dead body parts, creates chaos and disaster. Victor’s family and loved ones face constant danger, and the result is deathly. For that reason, the character of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster can be seen as a classic Romantic Hero but also a Byronic Hero. The Byronic Hero is dark, brooding, and isolated, and someone who shows immense love for themselves.
Thus, leaving Victor fearful and assuming the Creature want revenge. From the Creature’s point of view, he was afraid that Victor wanted revenge on him. In the beginning of the novel, the Creature was abandoned and believed Victor did not want him. The Creature was terrified that he did not impress his master. The Creature read Victor’s journal stating, it was a “Hateful day when he received life!”
This is also Victors only drive to live because of the loss of his loved ones, which is once again the undoing of the creatures selfishness. The creature’s tragic struggles with humanity, ironically becomes the worst part of humanity. This drives Victor to; “seek one who fled from him” (Shelley.10). The selfishness that motivates the Creature to continue living and commit such immoral acts against humanity is the very thing that fuels Frankenstein’s vendetta. However, when Frankenstein sees that Walton’s own ambition is mirroring Frankenstein’s own guilt-wrenching past, he makes the decision to share his misfortunes.
Firstly, Victor is evident to be the true monster in Frankenstein shown through his natural attitude conveying selfishness and abandonment. Throughout the novel Victor displays these traits through his many actions where he only cares about his well being. Victor is completely focused on creating human life and does not care that he is hurting Elizabeth, his family and the monster. To begin with, Frankenstein creates the monster so he could alter the gift of life, not to learn for the sake of science or himself. He started his experience out of his own self interest as he ignores his family back in Geneva and does not write them letters explaining his personal status for long periods of time.
He only thought of all "wonderful" things he would be doing for the world. He was selfish and only thought of what he would get out of his work. His greed and desire for glory and power temporarily blinded him. Victor had already shown his selfish ways before he created the creature. He had a decent childhood, and his mother even brought home a young girl to be his wife.