The Creature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The Creature in Frankenstein
Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” is an inspirational work of horror and science fiction; it is the narrative of an unorthodox act of creation, of a monster which torments his miserable creator. The author puts forth ideas, and reinforces it through the development of the plot, that mankind is capable of both good and evil. Shelly demonstrates the ‘humanity’ of the creature; his actions and his inclination are like those of mankind. Indeed, even the negative aspect of his character, demonstrated through his quest for revenge, has a parallel in the actions of his human creator. In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” the creature is represented as being vicious and murderous but he is not inherently evil or malicious. Thus,
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He refers this mastery of language and communication as “godlike science” (Shelley, 2000, p.103). According to Thakkar (2008), not only is the creature discerning and perceptive but he is also intelligent. The creature has a passion for the arts: music , literature and poetry and enjoys reading books such as Paradise Lost, a volume of Plutarch’s Lives and the Sorrows of Werter and Victor Frankenstein’s papers about his origins. Through these books and documents, he learns a lot about the world and the intricacies of his being (Thakkar, 2008).The creature’s had virtuous intentions that were appreciated by the cottagers. As the creature explains to Frankenstein in their meeting, “I admired virtue and good feelings and loved the gentle manners and amiable qualities of my cottagers, but I was shut out from intercourse with them, except through means which I obtained by stealth, when I was unseen and unknown, which rather increases than satisfied the desire I had of becoming one among my fellows,” (Shelley, 2000, p.110). He utilizes his observations of the cottagers to create his own ideals of humanity. He remains true to these words as he is very compassionate about the De Lacey family’s poverty. He learns of the acute shortage of food in the…show more content…
He studied in the field of science, sensitive, articulate, and adoring towards his family and friends. At first glance, even his purpose for creating the monster seems noble however, underneath Victor’s elegant and altruistic surface lies a an ugly attribute, which makes you question whether his actual expectations with the creation truly were noble as he would make them out to be (Marklund, 2010).Victor’s real reason for creating the creature seems to be a desire to obtain awe and fame and does not think about any conceivable consequences. Victor is responsible ultimately for the death of his loved ones and struggles with his ego and personality. At first glance, you would presume the fiend is evil, yet it is Victor thereupon creation of the monster avoids his obligation. His first indication of his egotistic behavior is when he embarks on the task of creating life. His egotism and cowardice manifest itself even more when it not only leads to the death of his younger brother William, but also to that of Justine the young girl accused of murder, and his childhood friend Clerval( Storment, 2002). Victor claims at hand to admit to the murder so that he will be incarcerated however, he abstains from coming clean in light of the fact that he is embarrassed about himself and his unsuccessful experiment which has hurt his sense of self-pride furthermore society
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