To the characters in the book and to those in the world today who do not know the creature’s side of the story, Frankenstein’s creature is seen as the monster. However, he never commits any act worthy of the label. He is considered a monster, simply because he is “ugly.” As soon as the creature is brought to life, Victor, his creator, notices that the creature is not visually appealing and is extremely
From beginning to end, the idea of isolation and its dangers are constantly repeated as seen through the monster. The effects of being rejected from society mirror what we see in the real world as shown by Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator of the Isla Vista Massacre. Rodger’s main motives for his attack were social and sexual rejection which is the same as the monster in Frankenstein. As stated in his “vlogs” Elliot Rodger was rejected from relationships and had the inability to communicate with women. He envied everyone he saw who was capable of interacting with others and being sociable.
The monster on the other hand had known only loneliness from the second he opened his eyes. The monster learns through painful rejection that he will never find companionship because humans are unable to see past his ghastly appearance and in anger tears away one of Frankenstein’s many companions. This begins the spiral of anger and loneliness that leads to the monster killing nearly everyone Frankenstein is close to. This, inadvertently, forces Frankenstein to have the same feelings of anguish and loneliness that he first instigated in the monster. Frankenstein never realises that all the monster wants is a companion, he cannot see his own emotions reflected in his creation.
Unlike Victor Frankenstein’s birth, the creature searched for glory from a beginning of loneliness and a craving for love from the humans he wished to be. Even though he was unfamiliar with the typical childhood when he was first ‘awakened’, the monster knew he had “no money, no friends, no kind of property”, and he wished to change that (128). He wanted what everyone else got freely, and even with this unfairness, he tried desperately to earn these ‘normal’ assurances he didn’t already own—like acceptance. When the creature was furiously denied these privileges, he turned away from humanity and their prejudice and looked to his own race, demanding a similar undead wife from Frankenstein. “‘You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being.
Victor created a monstrous and deformed being that was feared and rejected by the society; this made the society to shun away from the creature leaving him all alone. Both the creature and his creator were outcasts and lived in isolation from the rest of the
They both create biblical allusions that relate directly to their own lives. Victor’s tone when thinking about himself is entirely arrogant, while the monster is humble and continues to further degrade himself. Victor also does not own up to his responsibilities like the creature does. Vengeance drove Victor to his deathbed while the creature knew when to put a stop to it. Despite the similarities and differences between the two, Victor is undeniably the bigger monster compared to the creature.
From the very beginning Viktor’s creation was on his own. Viktor felt no attachment to his creation and felt no need to support him. Because of this, Viktor’s monster was on his own and soon found itself confused and quickly overwhelmed by the various new sensations and experiences. The monster encountered struggles from the basics such as the need for food and shelter to the feeling loneliness and disdain from those around him.
The saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” it quite true in this case. The monster was not born evil. He tried over and over again to get people to see past his ugliness and into his heart but no one could see it. This changed the monster into a sad and lonely monster with nothing to live for. The treatments that others subjected him to made him evil.
He had nothing and nobody. In the book, not only was the monster miserable, but Frankenstein was as well. Frankenstein deprived himself of sleep to make his dream human, but it didn’t even turn out the way he wanted. Not only was the monster lonely because everybody feared him, but Frankenstein was as well because he deprived himself of a social life while creating his monster. Wretchedness of how the monster wanted the people that ran away from him or hurt him to feel.
It is his act of blasphemy leads to the creation of The Wretch, as he commonly refers to him, a beast abandoned to live by itself alone and cold in an unknown world. As if creating life was not a horrible act in of itself, Frankenstein inadvertently creates a life of pain and solitude of which nothing should ever be forced to suffer in. The Wretch explains his story and in a fit of rage he howls at Frankenstein asking him “Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?” (pg. 133). One has to remember, The Wretch never asked to be made, and he knows just how much of an abomination he is.
He doesn’t even take any effort to name his nameless child. Any creation, or any living being should have the right for a name, the right for an identity. Many people mistake Frankenstein with the monster. But is this really a mistake? Frankenstein is the one who creates the monster within the creature.
In Volume 2 of Frankenstein, the Creature’s feelings of neglect unleash the “monster” in him and lead to ask Victor to create him a female companion. Through the portrayal of the “monster” inside the Creature, Shelley argues that we do everything in our power to ensure happiness. In the book the creature is pleading to Victor that he needs a female. He is being rejected by everybody and needs somebody who he can be with and not be judged by. His proposition is to make him a female creature which will ensure the Creature’s happiness or the creature will go a killing spree.
In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly warns against the dangers of ego. Walton is shown to have a blinding ego from the beginning, disregarding danger, as well as having a distorted view of his goal. Victor doesn’t see his creation as hideous until it comes alive. He also undoes his entire message he has been warning against in his dying breaths. The Monster, while having the potential and beginnings of an ego, does not develop one.
Mary shelly demonstrates that human injustice is caused by fear of what is different, through the novel Frankenstein. This injustice takes the form of unfair treatment. Frankenstein demonstrates how unfair treatment of others is caused by fear of their differences. This is shown by Frankenstein’s abandonment of his creation. Frankenstein abandons his creation because of his fear of its inhumane appearance.
Throughout the novel, the creation is constantly being “childlike”, wanting revenge, and does whatever it takes to get his way; including killing Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth, and his brother, William. The creature is also described as very ugly, and no one can bear to look at him. Every human that sees him flees, including his creator, Victor Frankenstein. This is an example of what happened when the DeLacey family first met the creature. The creature grows an attachment to the DeLacey family and observes them for months through a hole in the , which can be seen as a human characteristic, however, when he finally comes in contact with them, they are frightened and chase him away.