In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reveals how revenge consumes and destroys those who surrender to it. Due to neglect and immediate abandonment during the beginning of his life, the creature develops a hostile attitude and seeks revenge on Victor Frankenstein. In response to the cottage dwellers attacking him, the creature exclaims “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence of which you had so wantonly bestowed” and reveals his feelings “of rage and revenge” (Shelley 135).
An exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through the gendered lens of the author’s role as a mother begets an intriguing exploration of the role of the birth and death of offspring in the novel. At its heart, Frankenstein is a family saga; an account of the disjointed relationship between a father and child that proves wicked due to abandonment and neglect, born out of Frankenstein’s fear of the monster’s deathly nature. As argued by Moer, Mary Shelley’s experiences constantly combining birth and death inform Frankenstein as a reflection on post-partum trauma and has further implications as to the destructive nature of Frankenstein’s subsequent fear of childbirth. In “Female Gothic: the Monster’s Mother,” Ellen Moers argues that Frankenstein,
Victor suffered from the loss of all his loved ones, which impacted the theme sorrow & loss in the novel. He also loses contact with the social environment, driving him in a pursuit of knowledge that later leads to the monster that causes all of his misery. Both of these aspects add to the themes of guilt & regret plus isolation. Through Victor Frankenstein, many of the overall themes presented were
After the monster found out he wasn’t doing it, the monster wanted to kill Victors loved ones and not Victor. Frankenstein was feeling lost towards the end of the book until Victor finally got his wish and died. Victor Frankenstein was the main character in Frankenstein. He was important because he was the one who made the story a story because he created a creature and the creature did things to put points in the story. Frankenstein was feeling lost and depressed after his mother died and then eventually his
He is upset about the fact he was murdered in such a cruel way “To die so miserably, to feel the murders grasp”(60). The moments of supernatural and mystery are also seen in this novel and have a huge impact
The Creature’s feelings of rejection from society and the abandonment from Victor compel him to use violence and seek revenge. In so, the Creature ends up killing a great many of people throughout the story, some of which include: Victor’s younger brother William, Justine Moritz, Victor’s close friend Henry Clerval, and Victor’s soon to be wife Elizabeth Lavenza. Many would say that the story of “Frankenstein” from the start sets out to make the creature seem to be naturally evil and a monstrosity of a thing which is directly the cause of its uncontrollable bloodthirstiness, but I believe this to not be the case. Although the Creature behaves viciously and murders several people, he is not inherently evil or malicious. It is because of the human relationships he endured and the consequences of a neglected psycho-social responsibility that drove him to do such
Frankenstein left the monster alone, and the monster reacted for seeking that Frankenstein should feel just as much loneliness and woe and he did by killing off his entire family. Shelly is therefore claiming that one's own nature and forms in which they were nurtured (Frankenstein) have an effect on those of others, and can even cause someone else to be more inhumane than the original person (the daemon). This is seen in human nature, where one who experiences abandonment from a parent because the parent's nature causes them to flee, this person will be more likely to commit crimes due to their loneliness and lack of direction by a parental figure. This translates directly into the plot of the story,
Playing with emotions can have negative impacts on people and can cause them to retaliate which was the case with the creature. He experienced the destruction of his future companion first hand, which affected him emotionally. Because he was in shock, he reacted to this situation by telling Frankenstein that “[He] will be with [Frankenstein] on [his] wedding night” (123). Frankenstein interpreted this to be that the creature would kill him on his
The setting of the ethics board encapsulated another common theme of judgment and morality; specifically relating to Frankenstein and his choices on creating the monster, but also in the way that the monster took revenge; leaving the reader to question whether it was right or wrong, much like a decision on an ethics board. Moreover, the natural world and concept of fate were included in my story with the “wind that blew out the candles”, commenting on how fate wished him to stop his research; much like the way fate led to Frankenstein 's illness and death in the novel. Lastly, the big ideas of isolation and passion are included throughout and are the driving force behind my character 's actions, yet my main character’s ambitions make him fallible, which is similar to Frankenstein.
Passion and Destruction As W. Somerset Maugham once said, “Passion doesn’t count the cost...Passion is destructive.” In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein leaves Geneva, his home town in the pursuit of knowledge, ding so he created a creature. Frankenstein gets frightened after the created the creature, so he leaves the creature in fear, only when he returns the creature is no longer there. The creature goes off on his own and get revenge on Victor by murder the people he is close to. Victor wants the creature dead and the creature wants Victor dead, in the end they both get what they wanted. The theme that passion can be destructive is shown through the creature, Victor's self destruction, and Victor and the creature’s passion to get revenge on each other.
Victor and the Creature have a true vengeance for one another. The true source of Victor and the Creature 's animosity is their unparalleled hatred for themselves. Victor blames himself for the deaths of his friends when he says, "I am the cause of this-I murdered her. William, Justine and Henry-they all died by my hands”(136). This is essentially true because it was Frankenstein who created the Creature and made him a monster by abandoning him.
The Theme of hatred and revenge is shown in these lines of Othello because Iago is admitting the second part of his plan to seek revenge on Othello. After already getting Cassio fired, Iago plans to further his revenge on Othello by trying to manipulate him into believing that the only reason Desdemona is asking Othello to hire back Cassio, is because they are having an affair together. Portrayed in another way, the theme of hatred and revenge is displayed in Frankenstein when the creature and Frankenstein are talking to each other on the Alpine Valleys of Chamounix. Frankenstein tells the creature that he hates him and that he wishes to kill him, while the creature wishes to seek revenge on Frankenstein for living a miserable life. He is also seeking revenge on Frankenstein by threatening him to choose between complying with his demands or letting your family die.