Even if that means he has to ask a stranger or a friend to finish the job for him. In the quote he claims not to be selfish, even though all he cares about is killing his creation to make himself feel better. Since these are Frankenstein 's last wishes, it foreshadows his death and makes it so he won 't be the one to kill the creature. This quote also tells us that even in his delirious state Victor is still enraged with the creature, which means that he will not die in peace, but disturbed and unfulfilled.
He felt he had created an “ugly monster” and that he had made a mistake. The countenance of the creature immediately scared off Victor even though it was his creation. “Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance.” (Shelley 48)
The word “monstrous” can be confused with the definition of “monster” as something inhuman, something or someone who has lacks of remorse or caring for things that a normal human being should care for. In literature, the word monster is used to refer to men/women who have done horrible mistakes like murder or those who have no regard for life and nature. Victor Frankenstein is the real monster of the story because he condemned everyone around him to dead because the isolation that he provoked by cutting everyone of his life caused him psychological damage. Through Frankenstein, Mary Shelley attempts to show the idea of how it is unnecessary to be a creature in order to be a monster. We could be human but we still act like monsters.
People are not born with the mentality to kill—or are they? Human ambition and desires vary from one another, but for the most part, humans do not seek to commit atrocities. If they do, then who is to blame, the murderer or the ones who raised the murderer? In Mary Shelley’s novel, the main character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, stitched body parts together to create a beyond hideous, vile-looking creature which caused Frankenstein to abandon him at sight. When the monster ends up killing Frankenstein’s beloved brother due to resentment, one can argue that the creature’s actions are justified (55).
“Yet when he saw his creature reaching out toward him, trying to smile, Victor rushed from the building, unable to take on the creature as his own charge.” This is the turning point where the monster sees that he is not loved by his creator. This is the part that kind of
The monster depicts his otherness when he wonders: “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned” (Shelley 85). The monster evidently remains in isolation and is dehumanized. The monster attempts to get integrated into his society but his appearance and lack of social skills hinder his success. The monster strives to be accepted but is incapable of acceptance. The monster reiterates this feeling of isolation as he says: “I felt as if I were placed under a ban- as if I had no right to claim their sympathies – as if never more might I enjoy companionship with them” (Shelley 108).
(Shelley, 93) As the monster further explores himself through the lens of others, he fulfills what he fears. The disdain from society left the monster alone. His desire for societal acceptance prompts inadequacy that gives way to his true monster and murders Frankenstein's family and friends. As can be seen, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a tragic novel that explores the creation of man and his self-knowledge that spirals into an abyss of discovery and death. Nature, knowledge, and isolation define the milestones that spiral out of
Victor refuses, punishing the monster for his actions by forcing him into isolation. The monster turns vengeful not because it's evil, but because its isolation fills it with overwhelming hate and anger. It quickly becomes clear that Frankenstein sees isolation from family and society as the worst imaginable fate. Altogether, the themes used in Shelley’s work create meaning for the reader and allow a better understanding of the
Are we responsible for the actions of our offspring? Marie Shelley's masterpiece “Frankenstein” poses the question to its readers, although the lines are blurred and grey. It would appear at first that Frankenstein's monster is to blame for the deaths; A closer look reveals otherwise, that Victor is responsible and that he is the real monster of the story. Looking only at actions, the monster did all the actual killing of the book, but his actions were in response to Victor’s mistreatment. It was his hands that choked William, Clerval and Justine.
He takes the lives of Clerval and Elizabeth; both innocent victims. We see grief, sorrow, hate, and anger emphasized from the monster throughout the book from his reaction to society degrading him. The monster intensely desires to be a part of society and if the only way he can participate in society is to indulge in evil, then he will. Thus, the being truly becomes the monster that society had feared from the
Victor Frankenstein’s Creation and the Role of God The main character in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who is Victor Frankenstein, is regarded by literary scholars as imitating the role of God through his acts of creation. David Soyka describes Victor Frankenstein’s creation as “[being] much the same way as God create[d] man in [h]is own image” (168). Frankenstein is accused by many as playing God due to, not only, his purposes for the creation, but also his initial reactions to his own creation.