Victor assumes that role of Satan. Victor portrayals Satan because he has attempted to assume God’s role. In this novel Victor’s actions do not contribute to any good outcomes, instead they destroy his family, and hurt several people along the way. One of the repeated themes in Frankenstein is the feeling recalled when Victor or the creature think of their fathers. Victor’s father, who is Alphonse Frankenstein, and the monsters father, which is Victor.
The monster then decides to take the life of Victors companion. He does this for revenge as that is the one thing Victor refuses the monster. The reason for these characters deaths is in Foster's words “to put stress on other characters.”(90) These deaths cross a breaking point in Victor's mind. When Victor has nobody left in his life he makes up his mind to kill the monster in an act of violent passion. He sets out to hunt the monster, but gets sick and dies on his journey.
“I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man.” (35) Victor 's self-absorbed nature leaves him no other choice as to always strive for the most demanding challenge, as he is confident he will not fail. Therefore, he chooses to build a human being as his project, a recreation of his own self. This undertaking eventually proved itself to be the ultimate peak of his pathological narcissism. It was his hubris as he indisputably attempted to play God. He created a 'self ' purely after himself and his ideas.
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.
The creature murdered the wife of Victor- Elizabeth, and it was only after this that he decided to take measures and pursue the beast. Victor Frankenstein’s allure for power had been solely responsible for his downfall, along with the deaths of whom he loved. Victor created a beast in an attempt to be represented as a god-like figure. Due to Victor’s devotion he could not commit to hating this creature and kill it. It had only been after the murder of 3 of his family members when Victor finally saw his darkness.
Besides actually killing William, the creation also frames Justine, the Frankenstein’s servant, for the murder. “I bent over her and placed the portrait securely in one of the folds of her dress” (Shelley). He had taken this portrait from William after he killed him. These two actions lead the reader and Victor to call the creation a murderer, and inevitably, a monster. “He was a murderer!” (Shelley).
One being “the tempter” (Thessalonians 3:5). Once Satan has obtained his followers in the pits of hell, there is no standing a chance. Early in book II of Milton’s Paradise Lost Satan states “I give not Heave for lost” (Book II, 14). Satan looks for the good people, those who follow the word of God. Not the liars, thieves, and murderers he already has them under his spell.
Cain, the allegory, was evil for fighting out of anger and jealousy. In the bible he murdered his own brother, because he was jealous of God favoring him. In Beowulf he is the ancestor of Grendel, his mother, and the dragon. He is known for this, because he is thought of as Satan and they believe Grendel and the dragon were born from Satan. They all had the same reasoning for fighting, which was
" 'Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy -- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.” Upon his arrival to Geneva The Monster comes across a ‘beautiful child’, Victor’s younger brother William. The Monster was then enraged, and fueled by vengeance. This is Shelley’s way of revealing the Monster’s true inner character, and reminding the reader of his burning hatred for Victor. The tragic death of young William was 100% caused by the negligence of Victor.
David said he did not feel like he murdered anyone, instead, he was simply “a soldier on a mission” and went out to kill. He was convinced that Satan would set him free of his emotional pain and loneliness through the act of murder. David was interviewed in prison and was asked why he did it, he responded: “ I was once an evil person”. The monster faces rejection and fear from his creator and society. Being pushed aside and treated like a monster instead of a human like he wanted he raged and sought revenge on Victor.