Such passion is seen in Victor’s ‘noble intent’ to design a being that could contribute to society, but he had overextended himself, falling under the spell of playing ‘God,’ further digging his grave as he is blinded by glory. His creation – aptly called monstrous being due to its stature, appearance, and strength – proved to be more of a pure and intellectually disposed ‘child’ that moves throughout the novel as a mere oddity, given the short end of the stick in relation to a lack of familial figures within his life, especially that of parents. Clearly, Victor Frankenstein had sealed his fate: by playing God he was losing his humanity, ultimately becoming the manifestation of Mary Shelley’s hidden desires, deteriorating into The Lucifer Principle by which the author Howard Bloom notes social groups, not individuals, as the primary “unit of selection” in human psychological
In the years since Frankenstein’s release many readers of the famous narrative have come to regard Victor Frankenstein with little affection. They cite his selfish and reckless behavior, which frequently cause the misery which torments him. However, Victor’s self-centered nature, goes beyond simply a flaw of character, it is indicative of a deeper affliction, narcissistic personality disorder; or NPD. NDP is characterized by an over inflated sense of self, beyond what is developmentally appropriate. Classic symptoms of NDP “are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.
However, like Adam, he feels shunned by his creator, although he strives to be good. The reader can notice how Frankenstein displays many emotions: vengeance, love, compassion, and rejection, which a monster or animal could never have the capacity to feel or recognize. The creature can identify what pain is, by observing the cottagers, “They were not entirely happy. The young man and his companion often went apart and appeared to weep. I saw no cause for their unhappiness; but I was deeply affected by it.
Victor suffered from the loss of all his loved ones, which impacted the theme sorrow & loss in the novel. He also loses contact with the social environment, driving him in a pursuit of knowledge that later leads to the monster that causes all of his misery. Both of these aspects add to the themes of guilt & regret plus isolation. Through Victor Frankenstein, many of the overall themes presented were
However, the creature is also different from human beings. The creature comes to say of himself, “[he] was dependent on none and related to none… [his] person was hideous and [his] stature gigantic,” (Shelley 55). The creature wants most in life to be accepted as a human and have love; his goal however seems unattainable. As you can see, Frankenstein comes to say to the creature, “who long for the love and sympathy of man,” (Shelley 64), in response to the creature’s want for a companion due to his loneliness. The creature’s experiences have shaped his opinion of himself from being a kind creature, to now seeing himself as the monster he is treated like.
Victor in the very beginning on the novel keeps to himself and mainly characterized by his loneliness due in part because of his desire to complete his work, this causes him to stay away from people for long periods of time staying in solidarity for mass portions of the day . Victor eventually finishes his work but his deeply horrified by the disgusting nature of the creature that he made. His monster does get out of control and kills his younger brother. Victor knows that the monster did this and because of this he feels responsible for the death of his brother and the subsequent death of another. Eventually Victor angers the monster and because of this Victor then loses his friend, wife and father to the hands of the monster.
The creature couldn’t help but envy the people with family and friend, for whom he had no one that he, could even call remotely a friend. He then learns about Victor through Victor’s journal when he figures about his abandonment and grows furious and decides to take revenge on unfortunate Victor Frankenstein.
Many consider Victor Frankenstein the villain of the story due to his repetitive decisions to abandon and avoid his own “mistake,” the irresponsible choice of creating the monster in the first place, and his obvious negligence of the Creature’s feelings. Not even hours after the Creature comes to life, Victor feels “mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were
The other thought Victor had about suicide was, “In that hour I should die and at once satisfy and extinguish his malice.”(Shelley 158). He wanted to live no longer because the monster threatened him and he was just done with life. “Feels very sad, down, empty or hopeless.’(NIMH). Victor felt sad during this time because “I thought of Elizabeth, of my father, and of Clerval.”(Shelley 162). Victor was long away from his “sister”, his dad and his friend, he just wanted to see his family and friend.
The location and setting where Frankenstein decided to conduct his scientific studies and ultimately create his monster shows how he isolated himself from the rest of the world. This obsession to be constantly alone is probably the reason why when Frankenstein successfully made his creation, he felt as if he was not alone anymore. This could be the major reason as to why he abandoned his creation so he could isolate any form of life including the one he created. This form of constantly wanting to be left alone is detrimental due to the fact that constantly neglecting family and society causes Victor to forget about the people who cared about him. After Victor fell ill and faced health issues after his creation, without the support from Clerval, he most likely would have died.
Frankenstein 's monster, from the story Frankenstein, is an example of a byronic hero. A byronic hero is usually a loner who might be rejected by society, have a troubled past, self-destructive, and usually misunderstood. Frankenstein 's monster is an excellent example of this, as he starts the story being brought to life through impossible ways (Shelley 42). Almost immediately, his creator despises him and eventually abandons him, giving him the rejected aspect of a byronic hero. As the monster progresses in the story, he eventually begins trying to befriend multiple people, just by knocking on their cabins only to be attacked by them and chased away (Shelley 78).