Mary Shelley describes the changes that occur between Victor and the monster throughout her novel by using indirect characterization to show these transformations. Throughout the novel Victor is conveyed as a dynamic character who changes from obsessive to regretful through his actions and feelings. Shelley shows that Victor is obsessed with his creation of the monster by how he disregards everything around him so he could finish his work. Shelley describes,“Winter, spring, and summer passed away
This is similar to how God delivers divine retribution to his creation. This is all in vain when Victor dies after a miserable life of guilt, shame, paranoia, and tragedy. After spending so much time learning the secret to life, Victor spends a lot of time trying to destroy the very thing that he creates. Shelly does this to inform the reader that some mysteries are not worth pursuing.
The creature lacking love sees himself as a monster, “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?” (Shelley 93). As the creature continues to face rejection, he becomes the (humanly) monster that Victor’s negligence creates by killing those who are closet to his creator. The murders that he commits are a direct result from being shunned by society and his creator.
It is clear that Dr. Frankenstein is in a regretful mindset when he states, “I suffered living torture.” Meaning that he knew it was never Justine who killed William. However, he would never be able to speak up because he is fearful that he will be perceived as mad by his family and by the public. This was just one of the consequences that Frankenstein has to face due to his creation. Frankenstein also recognizes the fact that it is ultimately his own fault that William has died and that Justine will be wrongly sentenced for his death.
While reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I often found myself wondering who would be seen as more of a monster, Victor or Frankenstein. In my mind I saw Victor as the monstrous of all. Although the Creature’s physical traits were more beastly, Victor equalled the Creature’s looks mentally. They both knew what it meant to be alone, but Victor chose that life and the Creature’s fate was decided for him. In terms of life and death, both characters found a way to play “God.”
“ but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death.” ( Shelley 165 ). This quote demonstrates that the monster mind was wrapped around the situation all day. His mind began accelerating and leaning towards revenge and anger. On the whole, the monster was not willing to take the better path.
Victor is terrified of his creation and that he has created something that has the potential to kill. Victor is the creator of this hideous Creature, but at this point, the Creature is the master. The Creature begins killing those closest to him, which makes Victor very sick at the thought that he indirectly was the killer. Victor was unable to stop the Creature from committing these horrible acts of violence, which proves how out of control he was in this situation. The Creature offered to leave Victor and his loved ones alone if he completed one simple task, make him a female companion.
If Victor or someone had taught the creature the right way maybe he would have been purely good but without any guidance or someone showing him the way the creature became lost and followed a dark path that he thought was right. In conclusion, the creature is morally ambiguous because of his reasons behind the murders he committed and the lack of education he had may have led to that. The creature’s character shows how education can affect the way someone grows up such as becoming a killer because no one is there to teach you how wrong murder is and that there are other ways to deal with
Dangerous Minds- Rough Draft Knowledge has the capability to be used for both good and evil. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a consistent message throughout the novel showing the dangerous and destructive power that knowledge can have. Two key characters, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, are shaped through their obsessions with knowledge and the power and responsibility that it brings. Ultimately, Victor’s downfall is a result of his uncontrollable thirst for knowledge, and is brought about through the monster which is the embodiment of his obsession. Victor is a brilliant scientist who figures out a way to create life from death using galvanism, or electricity.
For example, in the book, when Frankenstein first creates the monster, he is terrified and believes that it, the creature, is going to kill or hurt him (Shelley, 35, 25). This shows that there is discrimination from the very beginning because the fact that Frankenstein was startled by the creature he didn't try to understand it. Also, when the creature is living next to the Di Lacey’s cottage he speaks to the blind old