The Character Of Victor Frankenstein In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creature battles a perpetual misery as a result of a quality he has no control over – his appearance and its relation to evil. His malicious actions reflect “vices [that] are the child of a forced solitude that [he abhors]” (Shelley 121). There are multiple instances where Victor Frankenstein’s monster portrays an evil demon, not by his actions but because of his physical attributes. Shelley exploits this characterization as a representation of society’s natural instinct to link beauty with goodness Additionally, Shelley argues the nature of goodness is not bound to a superficial condition but rather on a basis of compassion and virtuous actions. In many occurrences, Victor Frankenstein’s creature never intends harm and solely seeks companionship and compassion in return. However, he is met with instantaneous disdain due to his physical features. As he appeals to Victor for the creation of a companion to end his misery of solitude, “[Victor] compassionated him, and sometimes felt the wish to console [the creature]; but when [he] looked upon him…[Victor’s] feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred” (121). Victor is unable to completely sympathize with the creature due to his ugly nature. While the creature attempts to plea for compassion and kindness, Victor reverts to his instinct and shuts down the creature’s request. It is through his appearances that…show more content…
The assumption that beauty and goodness correlate defines the characteristic of goodness superficially. While it is an innate reaction to correlate beauty and goodness, the quality of goodness more accurately lies in an individual’s compassion and virtuous actions. Shelley argues through these other conditions; others are able to more accurately determine whether one is good or
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