Victor and The Monster In Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is an impulsive man on a quest to create artificial life. The Monster, a being with different body parts dug up from a graveyard, is created. He has the intellect of a normal man, but he is only judged by what shows on the outside. Throughout the book, Victor is irresponsible: he fails to control the monster he created, and a string of tragedies unfolds around Victor’s family. His relatives are killed one by one.
The use of the word monster in the book also correlates to appearance, and when the creature is called a monster, he feels forced to act like one.After being rejected by society because of his appearance the creature cries to Frankenstein, “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust” (Shelley 93). This shows that the creature internalized all of the hate he received from his appearance, to the point where he viewed himself as a monster. When he internalizes all this negativity about himself that stems from his appearance, and begins to see himself as a monster, he then begins to behave as one. He threatens Frankenstein by telling him “I may die, but first you” which shows that the creature is not afraid of dying as long as he can inflict as much pain as possible on Frankenstein first (Shelley 123).
However, Victors reckless and unthoughtful actions pushes the monster into a state of rage and hatred that overrides his ability to stop from exacting revenge on Victor. Victor initially creates the monster thinking that it will be an amazing creature, built from the best human body parts Victor could procure. After he views the outcome of his work he is repulsed by it and abandons it, hoping that it would cease to exist. Not only did the monster survive, but it learned to speak, write, and read. After reading the book Paradise Lost, the monster thinks of its own situation and states the following: But I was wretched, helpless, and alone.
Choa’s article expresses Shelley’s incorporation of knowledge leading to destruction in Frankenstein. In Shelley’s novel, the Creature exclaims that “sorrow only increase[s] with knowledge” (96). The Creature initially receives benefits of survival in the human world from his acquisition of knowledge, but he ultimately only causes himself pain. The Creature’s idea of befriending a human is crushed after learning that he is hated by the human race for his differences. The knowledge of humans’ hatred of the Creature causes the Creature’s sorrow, which is further developed into self-hatred.
When telling Victor everything he experienced the creature says, “Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind” (138); meaning that all these events he experienced mold him to be wicked and spiteful. Without human interaction, he becomes an actual monster, when he at first only craved company and longed a friend yet all he received was mistreatment and insults. When he saw Victor’s younger brother he thought “I could seize him, and educate him as a companion and friend…” (138), but sadly the boy was prejudice against his looks and insulted him, and shortly reveled he was a Frankenstein and the monster killed him out of spite. This shows the importance of social connections and just having someone to talk to and lean on. In a way, it is societies responsibility to care for the misfortune and treat them with not only respect but with kindness.
“But I, the true murderer, felt the never-dying worm alive in my bosom, which allowed of no hope or consolation.” (Shelley 2009, p.100). This metaphor expresses the guilt and despair that Victor felt as a result of the murder he committed. “The tortures of the accused did not equal mine…the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forego their hold.” (Shelley 2009, p.96) This metaphor continues to symbolise that just like the fangs of a wild animal tear at their prey, so does the despair within Victor. The metaphors within Frankenstein influence the readers by letting them see the value of innocence. Metaphors give the story a greater visual comprehension allowing the readers to gain meaning within their responses.
Before committing to becoming a true killer, he attempts one last time to solve his desire for companionship, and seeks out Victor. When Victor eventually betrays him, the only person who would consider being nice to him, the monster finally snaps. Shelley was able to use her novel as a way to successfully point out what she saw as flaws or potential issues in the society of her time. She uses the scientific genre to provide a warning of things to come, and shows how feels common ideas about creation and morals are flawed with the monster’s interactions with humans around
The art of perspective is the technique author Mary Shelley uses in her monumental novel “Frankenstein”. She takes the point of views of two completely different characters to teach the reader no matter how different two people are portrayed, for example; Victor Frankenstein and his own monster, that the use of a shift in narrative perspective helps the reader understand each character’s personal battle. There are many different viewpoints between Victor and the monster that wouldn’t be seen without this method. One viewpoint is seen after the first narrative change to the monster’s point of view. Upon his creation, all that the monster ever wanted was to find someone, whether it be a mate or a family.
When one thinks of Frankenstein, they think of a terrible monster destroying buildings and murdering people, but the monster is not named Frankenstein. The creator is Victor Frankenstein and the monster does not have a name. The book is called Frankenstein and it is written by Mary Shelley. In the book, Victor Frankenstein is studying and has a passion for science. One day on a stormy night, Victor ambition grew and made the dead come back to life.
Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death. The desire for the knowledge consumed him, allowing him to only think about “one thought, one conception, one purpose.” The dangers of desire are examined after he has created the monster. Victor has just finished the monster and realizes the gravity of the situation. He diminished his “health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (42).