This is also the exact reason Frankenstein becomes intent on ridding the world of the creature. On the one hand, the creature possesses the very human trait of speech, and appears to be able to reason. On the other hand, this ability of the creature is exactly what makes him such a threat, and therefore is denied. As I mentioned in chapter one, it is this threat on the way society currently is that is so terrifying to the characters in the novel. The creature disrupts the current order or society by merely existing, and this causes people to be frightened and to reject the creature.
Though, the creature is often referred to as the monster, he cannot be viewed as one-dimensional. He is responsible for the murders of William, the younger brother, Henry Clerval, Victor’s friend, and Elizabeth Lavenza, as well as being responsible for the hanging of Justine, the maid of the Frankenstein’s. Although the creature took revenge because of his anger and bitterness, it can be said that he was not born with those character traits. He became such a being due to Victor’s rejection. He experiences hate from the very beginning as Victor is horrified by his creation.
To compose the feathers of a human being is not for us to have. It is horrifying, and there are reasons why we should have that power. When Victor Frankenstein created this monster, he did not know how to handle it, he did not know to tolerate it, he did not know how to teach it, he did not know how to control it.Therefore, making him the real monster. His careless mistake and ignorance caused harm to his family and other town people. Victor was glutted with breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.
Body parts assemble the monster, which he births, from numerous decayed bodies collected by body snatchers. After successfully creating the monster, Frankenstein is perplexed by what he has created. Due to the monster’s annoyance with Frankenstein, he acts back against Frankenstein mostly due to his lack of parenting and responsibility. Shelley’s novel strongly connects with the act of parenting. It is clear that Victor Frankenstein did not complete his role as a parent.
Simultaneously, Victor failing to take responsibility for his own creation leads the creature down a path of destruction that manufactures his status as a societal outcast. The creature's dissolution from society, his search for someone to share his life with, the familiarity with intense anguish, his thirst for retribution, each of these traits coincide with Victor as he is depicted throughout the novel. Victor unknowingly induces his own undoing through his rejection of the creature. Shelley foreshadows his downfall by stating that “the monster still protested his innate goodness, blaming Victor’s rejection and man’s unkindness as the source of his evil” (Shelley 62) The creature essentially places Victor at fault for the creature becoming an outcast of society, by expressing this Shelley constructs a very austere portrayal of man’s contact with outsiders. Virginia Brackett asserts in her analysis of the novel that “Due to the monster's rejection by the cottagers and other humans, Victor serves not only as his creator but also as the only social construct on which he can build his reality” As the creator of the creature, Victor adopted the responsibility of his creation and the duties that accompany it, however, instead of answering the call of duty he fled and disregarded his obligation to the creature.
Jekyll and MR. Hyde. share a common theme of the consequences that follow a lack of social convention. The death and despair that follows the experiments and mad science of Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll is a result of their poor moral choices as a result of the lack. Further, the fate that befalls those around them is a result of their actions and in both cases, their actions result in their own deaths. In this way Lack of social convention leads to the worst parts of human
She portrays this scientific fear in her novel when Victor Frankenstein creates his monster. Victor shows how irresponsible he is towards his creations as he abandons it and does not try to fix him. Frankenstein creates life with electricity and recognizes both his power in knowledge and its danger. With his full conscious, he chooses to ignore and disobey it. Uncontrolled science and technology is a major issue and menace that Shelley brings forth in her
Stephen Kendrick once proclaimed, “Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive”. Victor Frankenstein commits several egocentric wrongdoings, which lead him to contemplate his past irresponsible actions. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein Victor’s selfishness of building the monster takes a toll on him as he questions his motives and loses those dear to him. Victor creates the monster only for his own satisfaction not thinking how it would affect others around him. Because he knows the monster is dangerous, he is more concerned with his safety than anyone else’s.
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.
However, these views change when the creatures version of events is presented and it is shown that the creature is not an atrocity to society, but rather was misunderstood and constantly let down for his distinctive feature. As his own creator had abandoned him and left him to face the reality of what society brings, he wanted to be loved and cared for but was constantly let down for his appearance, and became a victim of abuse for his hideous features. To start off with, in Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein, Shelley presents a creature who had been viewed as a monstrosity and abomination to society for the murders it had committed. However, these view changes when she introduces the creature version of events and it is revealed that the creature