As Amy Sturgis explains, “Wollstonecraft often used the term ‘duty’ in her works, as in the duty of a parent to educate a child. In Frankenstein, the titular scientist shirks his duty toward his Creature, and this begins the cycle of tragedy. . . But the miseducation of suffering repeated unjust cruelty ultimately misshapes [the Creature], though he remains more reasonable and sympathetic than his despicable creator.”
Victor is stirred by his work, but not in a positive manner. He goes on to explain his feelings towards the creature by saying, “… my heart sickened and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred” (136). Victor is so bewildered and repulsed by the creature that he misses key signs of violence, from the creature, that may have saved Victor’s family had he not been so
The final point being the cruelty of the DeLacey family, which the creature had observed for so long and learned much about humans, whereby he realises that humans who can be ”both magnificent and ……..” are also so very “vicious and base.” Mary Shelley suggests that our creative and compassionate selves are not always the first selves we choose to be and often the repercussions of our viciousness and base humanity is what we must live with. She highlights such consequences in the final interactions between Victor and the creature, suggesting that the creature is certainly a product of his creation and his interactions, that ultimately Victor and those with whom the creature has interacted are responsible for the
The monster’s diligence for being human remains a notable aspect of his life throughout the story, however the rejection by society towards him begins to overtake his human nature. David Collings corroborates this view in his Psychoanalytic criticism of Frankenstein by acknowledging that the monster wants to “enter the social world, belong to a family, converse, and have a sexual parOne clearly identifiable human feelings that the monster experiences throughout the novel is remorse for the actions he has taken. This becomes more notable as the story progresses especially when the monster states that his “heart was poisoned with remorse” (Shelley 186). In this vital statement said by the monster, his intense regret for his murders is clearly conveyed. He even goes to the extent to metaphorically hyperbolize his feelings of remorse by stating that they have “poisoned” his heart.
As the creature stumbles through life, both literally and figuratively, consumed by the raging wildfire of Victor’s abandonment, and fueled by the obsession of beauty and the deprivation of a stable foundation, he wreaks havoc in Victor’s life and the lives of those who surround him. Through the use of Parental Abandonment, Shelley initiates and almost justifies the fatal unchaining of malicious acts done by the hands of the monster, by depicting the events from both Victor’s and The Monsters’ point of view, resulting in The Creature being turned into the monster that everyone thinks him to be.
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. Victor 's rejection of his creation " is based upon the fact that he had worked night and day, at the expense of his own health and family, to "birth" his "son."
When the monster first encounters the family in the cottage, it “admired the perfect forms” and “longed to discover the motives and feelings of these lovely creatures” (113). Although previous experiences with humans are negative and demeaning, the monster is wonderstruck by the idea and presence of human life. However, the monster's opinion regarding mankind changes after he studies human history. The creature comes to the conclusion that humans lack humanity and sympathy for others despite being human themselves. After hearing the inhumane and violent history of mankind, the monster “turned away with disgust and loathing” (118).
The nature part of the argument is Frankenstein and his background, while nurture is the reason for the creature failing. Shelley makes these points to us through her expression of words when she is describing Frankenstein’s and the Creature’s personalities and the ways they go about handling life. Shelley talks about light and fire as a symbol for intelligence and fast moving pace, at the same time it is a physical vicious force. This symbol is key to supporting the nature vs. nurture argument through out the novel giving us much needed information. Frankenstein’s behavior is partly because of how he was brought up in an powerful family.
The answer to this question is twofold: if a person feels sympathy for the monster, then that says the person is more understanding but if the person does not feel sympathy then that reveals he or she is more focused on justice. The people that feel sympathy for the monster view Frankenstein’s creation as human and similar to a child. Frankenstein had an obligation to his creation just as mothers have obligations to their children. These people blame Frankenstein for the monster’s actions because the monster was acting out in the only way it knew how to, similar to how children misbehave to receive attention. Those who lack sympathy for the monster are focused on it’s wrongdoings and the effect it had on others.
Society today has an idea of normalcy, and if a person does not fit in that category, they are an outcast. People tend to lose themselves while trying to be like everyone else. Back then things were the same way, Victor treated the monster in a way that is almost like an artist abandoning their latest masterpiece. Today the type of monsters that inhabit our world are the people inside that we don’t want anyone to know. In Frankenstein, Victor was playing with the natural aspect of life and death.