Due to Victor 's selfishness, readers feel sorry for his creation. Frankenstein created the creature so he could manipulate the power of life, not to learn from the experience. He is so immersed in his studies, fascinated by the creation of life. He studies what the human body is made up of and how it falls apart. Victor completely disengages from the world when away at school after his mother dies of scarlet fever.
However, this dream turns into a nightmare as the “man” he created turns into a monster. His goals change after Frankenstein is created and he ultimately just wants to live a normal life. He wants to marry and move past his scientific experiments. He refuses to create another beast to be the female companion of Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein didn’t help his creation and the monster ended up killing his bride on their wedding night.
Victor and The Monster In Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is an impulsive man on a quest to create artificial life. The Monster, a being with different body parts dug up from a graveyard, is created. He has the intellect of a normal man, but he is only judged by what shows on the outside. Throughout the book, Victor is irresponsible: he fails to control the monster he created, and a string of tragedies unfolds around Victor’s family. His relatives are killed one by one.
Once victor brings the creature to life, he immediately realizes the hideousness of what he has done: “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley 56). Furthermore, Victor struggles to cope with his creation throughout the novel. The creature wants to take revenge on Victor for abandoning him and causes Victor grief by killing the people he cares about. When the creature kills, Victor feels responsible and guilty of the murders. He continually breaks down with each death by “his” hands, which makes him go mad.
He was planning on going back to his hometown Geneva when he receives a letter from his father which said that his little brother William was murderer. Someone else was accused of the death and is executed even though the monster was the one who killed him. Victor goes to the mountains where he meets with the monster and the monster begs him to build a partner for him so he can be with someone. At first Victor refuses to do so and after a while he accepts to create a female partner for the creature, but after seeing what he is creating he destroys the female creature and the monster enraged swears that he will take revenge. Then Victor gets marry and his wife gets killed by the monster.
The word “monstrous” can be confused with the definition of “monster” as something inhuman, something or someone who has lacks of remorse or caring for things that a normal human being should care for. In literature, the word monster is used to refer to men/women who have done horrible mistakes like murder or those who have no regard for life and nature. Victor Frankenstein is the real monster of the story because he condemned everyone around him to dead because the isolation that he provoked by cutting everyone of his life caused him psychological damage. Through Frankenstein, Mary Shelley attempts to show the idea of how it is unnecessary to be a creature in order to be a monster. We could be human but we still act like monsters.
The villagers, DeLacey’s and even his own creator isolate him and cause him to feel excluded and distant from the rest of the human race. His torture begins in the beginning of the novel, when Victor Frankenstein first creates him. Although Frankenstein was initially thrilled to have created life, he was suddenly turned away because of the monster’s appearance: “...but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream had vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room...” (M. Shelley 49). This would be the equivalent to a mother leaving her child at the hospital because she did not like the way it looked when it was first born.
The creature decides that Justine Moritz will suffer for the murder that he committed, thus an innocent soul was tormented and executed for a murder she did not commit (Shelley 127). Although Victor himself did not commit the murders, he felt remorseful and was in distraught and believed that he was responsible for the actions of his creation. It was the burden of knowing that his own actions caused a multitude of deaths, which led to his demise. Likewise to Lady Macbeth, Victor Frankenstein wants to confess secrets about his muderous monster to his fiancé, Elizabeth, because he wants to alleviate himself from the burden of his horrendous creation. However, when his own monster kills his beloved friend, he no longer has the ability to confide his feelings to someone.
The novel Frankenstein, written by author Mary Shelley, is a story about a man who reanimates parts of deceased people to make another human who destroys the lives of everyone around him, especially his creator, Victor Frankenstein. He is the lead character who creates the monster and propels the relationships around him, but causes the monster to deserve more pity for several reasons. As the creator of the monster, and the person who caused the havoc wreaked by him, Frankenstein is the protagonist throughout Frankenstein; however, Mary Shelley intended for the monster, a character who was abandoned by his family and discriminated against by society, to be sympathized with, due to Frankenstein’s actions and the inhumane treatment of him by society. Frankenstein’s monster, who stays unnamed throughout the novel, is a character who deserves the sympathy throughout the book because of Victor’s actions in the beginning of his life. Within minutes of the monster’s rebirth, Victor ran from him, all while thinking that “[the monster] might have spoken, but [he] did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but [he] escaped, and rushed down the stairs” (40).
Throughout literature, abandonment is a leading cause of conflict and struggle. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is successful in his endeavor to create life, but once he sees the life he has created he runs from it out of fear. This causes the Creature to be left all alone, which makes him grow bitter and want to take revenge on Victor by getting rid of the people in his life. The Creature kills Victor’s brother William, his best friend Clerval, and his fiancee Elizabeth. All because he had nobody to love him.