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.
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.
This quote shows that isolation causes dangerous behavior. Mentally, Frankenstein is damaged, which is evident when he states that he feels no right to share experiences and converse with his family. Secondly, while in isolation, Frankenstein created a monster. The isolation drove him to create this monster because nobody could help him with his decisions, which presented Frankenstein with awful consequences. Indirectly, Frankenstein’s isolation caused physical destruction to his family because it made him ignorant of the repercussions of his creation.
However, the rejection brought against him by society destroyed his human traits leading him to murdering people. In contrast to the remorse of the monster, Victor feels only disgust when creating the monster rather than remorse. In hact he claimed that the “beauty of the dream vanished” (Shelley 61). This indicates a rather larger ideology within the story; While Victor constantly displays his disgust and hatred towards the monster, he begins to show less remorse as the story progresses. Obviously, the human reaction to creating a monster that would kill people would be remorse.
With this new knowledge, he tries to introduce himself to the blind Mr. Delacey but that sadly results in a brutal beating from the family. After acquiring all the new knowledge, he should know that this is a bad idea but continues anyway. This suggests that knowledge is not rightly learned through books but needs to be learned through experience. This leads to his hatred of humans and the killing of many of Victor’s friends and family. The monster is flooded with information after reading these books.
In some aspects, Frankenstein is similar to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. In both novels, playing God plays a key role in the storylines and has a significant impact on the characters. In Frankenstein, Victor tries to play God by creating life. However, this action winds up hurting him, since his abandoned creation seeks revenge on him for the injustice he causes in the monster's life. It is clear that Victor can not handle the responsibility of playing God, since shortly after finally creating the monster, “breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” and he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being” he creates.
Justine is dead and Victor is only thinking of himself because he sees himself as apart from other people and their suffering, which is his god complex shining through. He again rationalizes his self pity by arguing that if he had confessed, people still would have suffered (namely him), and that it is better to be someone so young and innocent. In the protection of his image of self, which is a direct result of a god complex, Victor Frankenstein rationalizes his arguably terrible choices to combat the guilt that stems from his involvement with William and Justine’s
The monster is a very conflicted character. He has been rejected and isolated from society which he copes with in a very destructive way. The monster turns to murder to speak out about his obsession. To support this the monster kills Elizabeth instead of Victor on their wedding night. This brings sorrow into
Victor regrets making Frankenstein a lot and knew it was a big mistake. Victor’s views the creation as part of himself. “I considered the being whom I had cast among mankind and endowed with the will and power to effect purposes of horror....". Victor was not aware what would happen so he believes that the death of William was ultimately Victor's fault. Victor bears partial responsibility for the death of William.
For instance, Frankenstein is now apologetic for his creation, because “ the beauty of the dream [has] vanished” Frankenstein looks a the creature with such “breathless horded disgust,” he no longer wish for creation to exist (Shelley 70). Frankenstein feel s ambulant because of his actions, he now regrets the making of his creation. Victor Frankenstein is now feared of the hideous creature he has created, no longer wants the recognition of creating this creature, this creature isn’t even socially accepted because of his appearance. As a result, Frankenstein in the real monster of the novel, because he has regrets for the created a creature without facing the fact that it would eventually have to socially interact with others. The actions of Frankenstein creating this frightening creature, created a wretched outcome, because the creature was overwhelmed with such hate that the creature had killed people whom Victor Frankenstein cared for.
Grendel vs. “The monster” Grendel in the novel by John Gardner is very similar to “the monster” in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly because both Grendel and the monster feel like outsiders, they kill humans, and they both are able to learn new things. Grendel feels like an outsider because he knows he is different and he wants to know the truth of why he is what he is and why God made him that way. Grendel asks his mother “Why are we here?” which means that he is doubting his existence. Grendel kills humans in the mead hall while they are asleep. “Swiftly, softly, I will move from bed to bed and destroy them all, swallow every last man.” He kills them because he was affected by the shapers death.