The novel Frankenstein outlines the loss of innocence best through two characters, Frankenstein and his monster. Innocent characters would have lived and the monster would have never wanted revenge if Frankenstein had not rejected him. When Frankenstein lost his innocence, the family and friends in his hometown became endangered. Frankenstein losing his innocence also resulted in the creation of a monster, whom took his anger out on the people Frankenstein loved. The downfall of Victor Frankenstein resulted in the destruction of his own creation and the deaths of innocent people he held close to his heart.
“I had determined, at one time, that the memory of these evils should die with me but you have won me to alter my determination” (Shelley.13). In all, the creature’s own selfishness for ruining Frankenstein’s life influences the way that Frankenstein continues to live on. This is portrayed within Victor’s cautionary tale to Walton. This tale is attempting to ensure that no one else will make the same mistakes he has made or be consumed with the same ruinous ambition that Frankenstein
(Shelly 69) What Victor endured in the past still fuelled his hate and anger towards the creature. This hate consumed his whole being leading him to parade such savagery to the creature. Through the cruelty he shows buth his own body and the creature we can see Victor's selfishness.
At times it can cause people to feel isolated, and distant from their friends and family around them. In the novel Frankenstein, Victor abandons the monster he has created. He created a creature that he thought would be beautiful, but unexpectedly it turned out the opposite, he had created a monster. Victor was terrified of the hideous creature and abandoned his creation, unknowingly leading to its destruction and distress. The novel is an example of how being different from society can cause people to feel ashamed of themselves.
Creature’s looks inhibited his capability of fitting into society despite his civilized manner. In his solitude, Creature built up the hatred he possessed for Frankenstein for giving him such an ungodly appearance, denying him a positive place in the social order. The same looks horrified Frankenstein to the extent of abandoning Creature to live on his own,
Joyce Carol Oates states in her essay Frankenstein Fallen Angel, “…he (Victor) seems blind to the fact that is apparent to any reader – that he has loosed a fearful power into the world, whether it strikes his eye as aesthetically pleasing or not, and he must take responsibility for it.” Victor is unwilling to care for the creature, because he finds him dreadful, so he takes the easy way out and leaves the creature to take care of himself, which he is not capable of doing. Victor’s obsession to act superhuman blinded him while he was creating the creature because he had a desire to assemble the creature from makeshift parts so that the creature would be hideous and therefore inferior to Victor. The creature is formed as an ugly being so that it is easier for Victor to walk away from. Victor is willing to abandon his own creation because he views the creature as a, “… filthy mass that moved and talked” (136).
It is clear that Dr. Frankenstein is in a regretful mindset when he states, “I suffered living torture.” Meaning that he knew it was never Justine who killed William. However, he would never be able to speak up because he is fearful that he will be perceived as mad by his family and by the public. This was just one of the consequences that Frankenstein has to face due to his creation. Frankenstein also recognizes the fact that it is ultimately his own fault that William has died and that Justine will be wrongly sentenced for his death.
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.
This shows that the monster is close to being a human because if he had feelings then he wouldn’t have cared about having a friend, saving someone, or about anything that requires emotion. When it comes near the end of the novel the monster tells Victor that if he meets his demand to make him a companion he would leave humanity alone. The monster explains that everything including Lucifer had some form of company, but he is forced to be alone. Victor feels a conflict with creating this new being, he wants it done so that the monster will leave everyone alone, but he doesn’t want to doom humanity if he creates a new monster that may end up the same way as his first one and they decide to have kids. After creating it and completing the deal, he tears the new creation apart causing the monster to be forever alone.
This undoubtedly would have caused emotional stress or trauma, as would be expected with anyone. His own creator, swearing to take life from the thing he had so selfishly given it. It did not stop there. Mr. Frankenstein also often referred to his creation with vulgar terms, such as monster, demon, and wretch(95).
In the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is faced with guilt following the murder of his family and friends, with the monster he had created being responsible for their deaths. Victor, outraged and filled with hatred for his own creation, swears that the rest of his life will be devoted to destroying the creature he had once worked so hard in bringing to life. Although Victor is correct in the fact that this monster needs some form of punishment, the way Victor goes about it ends up leading to his demise. Victor understands what he must do to bring the monster to justice, although it is terribly executed. He knows that by creating the monster, he is also a culprit.
Have you ever been held responsible for the tragedies caused to others? For most the answer is no, however, for some, their actions have led to the misfortune of guiltless lives. In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, because of the absence of attention and teaching, the reanimated creation Frankenstein is unstable; Victor Frankenstein is who to blame. Two events that he should be accountable for are not training his creation to know right from wrong and abounding the monster which led to the murder of innocent people. Firstly, Shelley uses conflict of “human” versus nature to demonstrate the major idea that Victor Frankenstein is responsible for the loss of innocent lives.
Mary shelly demonstrates that human injustice is caused by fear of what is different, through the novel Frankenstein. This injustice takes the form of unfair treatment. Frankenstein demonstrates how unfair treatment of others is caused by fear of their differences. This is shown by Frankenstein’s abandonment of his creation. Frankenstein abandons his creation because of his fear of its inhumane appearance.