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.
Revenge is the only way the creature can get his point across to Victor and thus the pain inflicted on both parties could of alleviated if Victor could of negotiated a solution to help the creature. It’s not like the creature had anyone else to turn to for help and Victor is the only person in the world that could help and he is shunned by his creator. Some risks involved in seeking revenge against someone is a plea for desperation to get help with whatever issue they are trying to cope with in life. When Victor refuses the creatures demands he does not even attempt to resolve the issue by discussing possible solutions to help the creature feel a sense of belonging. The risks of not negotiating with the creature, listening to the creatures basic life needs, and intervening to help leaves the creature only one alternative which is to
Joyce Carol Oates states in her essay Frankenstein Fallen Angel, “…he (Victor) seems blind to the fact that is apparent to any reader – that he has loosed a fearful power into the world, whether it strikes his eye as aesthetically pleasing or not, and he must take responsibility for it.” Victor is unwilling to care for the creature, because he finds him dreadful, so he takes the easy way out and leaves the creature to take care of himself, which he is not capable of doing. Victor’s obsession to act superhuman blinded him while he was creating the creature because he had a desire to assemble the creature from makeshift parts so that the creature would be hideous and therefore inferior to Victor. The creature is formed as an ugly being so that it is easier for Victor to walk away from. Victor is willing to abandon his own creation because he views the creature as a, “… filthy mass that moved and talked” (136). Victor is stirred by his work, but not in a positive manner.
“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred. "(Shelly 94).
You, my creator, abhor me '” (Shelley 53). The creature wants to find love but realizes that his own creator does not love him. Later he meets De Lacey, who is blind and does not see him as a monster, but as a kind man. The creature shares
Then there is victor Frankenstein who is plagued by the secrets he keeps and therefore leads a joyless life. Mary Shelley 's timeless story seeks to help readers beware of alleviating loneliness through valuing others, and she warns readers that living a life of secrecy drains the joy out of life. The human condition of loneliness triggered many of the events in this book. This creature that Victor Frankenstein forged from cadavers was immediately abandoned. Right after Victor created this innocent monster, he fled from him out of fear.
In the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and his creature, both display a sense of moral ambiguity. Each character has committed both good and evil alike, and neither knew the consequences of what they had done. However, Victor Frankenstein is generally the morally ambiguous character by his treatment of his creation and his own imperious personality. He wanted to be able to help science by recreating life or bringing it back, but at the same time, he did not want to consider the consequences of doing so. Victor tries to prove himself as a good moral character in the relationship between his creation and himself.
It is apparent that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner share many thematic similarities. One of these themes is the idea of humanity, “What makes someone human?” In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the idea of humanity is often teased with the creature. Victor sees the creature as an “abomination” and rejects him because of his imperfection/ monstrosity. Because of the creature’s appearance he is rejected by society, often being met with shrieks and horror. In Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the replicants also feel rejected by society; however, unlike the creature they are not rejected because of physical monstrosity, instead it is because they are perfect, even more perfect than the humans that created them.
His insightful suggestion is mocked and he is considered crazy because it is easier for the boys to comprehend a tangible monster lingering over them that could be killed rather than to accept “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 89) which cannot be changed nor destroyed. Simon is isolated from the others because of his atypical insight and he simply “cannot be understood, for he speaks the language of truth to the blind” (Talon). When Simon is killed, it symbolizes the death of goodness in man, much like Christ: both are the epitome of good being destroyed as the consequence of man’s sins. People believe in Satan because they cannot comprehend the severity of man’s evil nature and would rather blame