In mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” the morally ambiguous Victor Frankenstein plays a pivotal role that contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole- the allure of power. The moral ambiguity of the central character Victor Frankenstein is present throughout the text due to the mercurial nature of his morals and selfish tendencies. At the start of the novel victor Frankenstein is presented as an ambitious, mad scientist, in pursuit of his life goal- to create a being by giving life to an inanimate body. Following his success are a mix of oddly contradicting emotions. Victor deprived himself of the basic necessities of life and wholly devoted himself towards this accomplishment.
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.
As he leaves home for college, he fuels his ambition of creating life from the dead. From the various studies, he secretly experiments his own design. By creating the monster, the experiment shows the outcome that can occur if knowledge is taken too far. Frankenstein becomes an addict to his own work and study. The overstepping of boundaries, in the long run, gives Frankenstein longlife punishment for his actions.
Abandoning his creation only brought out the truly evil side. The deprivation of companionship leads the creature to kill Frankenstein’s brother, William, not just to kill the young boy though. The creature tells Frankenstein that he killed William but he only executed the plan so that Frankenstein could truly feel the way that he did. He let Frankenstein know how he truly felt saying, “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me”, (p.172). The death of his brother was to aid him in seeing that his creation did not have trust and did not have friendship.
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.
" '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.
By using symbolism, diction, and characterization, Golding demonstrates that one’s savagery is released when civilization is destroyed. The boys become more vicious when the conch, their last hope for civilization, shatters. In reading this text, readers come to realize that it is inevitable that humans will fall into barbarity when there is no society present to teach right from wrong. No matter where one comes from or what influenced them, they have the potential to be
Convinced, the creation asks Victor to create a companion, only for him to break his promise because of fear despite also understanding the creation’s struggle. The constant abuse Victor puts unto the creation ultimately convinces itself that it must become the monster everybody believes it to be. Victor’s cruel acts gives the creation a motive to hunt down its
An individuals' desire to seek vengeance can only be accomplished through the corruption of one's soul. Whether one seeks revenge through violence, or emotional torture, the individual seeking retribution discovers that they will pay a high price on their own innocence and emotional well being. In the novel Frankenstein the main protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, creates a creature who seeks vengeance on his creator as a result of his abandonment. Victor, in an act of protest also seeks his own revenge by not giving into the creatures demands. In the end both ultimately pay the price of revenge with their own lives.