In Philip Pullman’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ , it clearly shows that he encourages the audience to feel more sympathy for the Monster and not Frankenstein. This is because of the way people describe the Monster and say extremely violent things to him, such as death threats. The Monster states things in the story so the other people understand the hardships he has had but not everyone believes that it is worth feeling sorry for because of the way he is different to man. So it makes the audience have sympathy for him because they know what the Monster has been through and they know he has had gone through more exclusion from the public than what Frankenstein has. The Monster tried to do everything he could possibly do with other humans right, but they just didn’t accept him.
The monsters revenge on Frankenstein, drives him too to be full of hatred and need for vengeance because he destroyed everything good in his life. He feels as the death of his loved ones is his fault because he is the one that created the horrid creature in the first place (Brackett). “As time passed away I became more calm; misery had her dwelling in my heart, but I no longer talked in the same incoherent manner of my own crimes; sufficient for me was the consciousness of them” (Shelley 158). The monster wanted Victor to feel the same thing as him, lonely and sadness. The monsters revenge works, Victor becomes rejected by people and has nobody but himself.
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.
He is shown to have wisdom and knowledge in the book due to his experiences of journeying around the world. Although, the monster is a victim because the fault originated from Victor Frankenstein in the first place. (Storment) Overall, the monster is a victim because there is a lot of factors in play. First, the monster did not care at all because the creator or the people didn’t show any love at all to the monster. Secondly, he was abused by the creator and the people with their words and actions done to the monster.
"Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?" (M. Shelly 114). Therefore the daemon's nature must be loving and compassionate, but because he experienced a lack of nurturing, that he was expecting to receive from his creator, Frankenstein, this then caused the daemon to be monstrous and seek revenge upon his creator; therefore Frankenstein's pain was a result of his own failures. The character of Frankenstein argues that both nature and nurture influences the behavior of people through his actions against his very own monster and in turn the effect of those actions on himself. Frankenstein left the monster alone, and the monster reacted for seeking that Frankenstein should feel just as much loneliness and woe and he did by killing off his entire family.
The monster’s appearance also made many people assume that the monster would behave ruthlessly and immorally. For example, when the monster saved the little girl from drowning he was treated as a villain because of its frightful appearance. Shelley brings up the idea of people judging each other by the first impression. During the time the book was written and today there has not been much change because we still judge each other based on looks. Many immigrants are seen as horrible because of their outer appearance or what they have heard about them.
Frankenstein’s failure to watch over his creation, the creature’s interactions with other people, the altercations between Frankenstein and his being, and the forgiving nature of the creature display how Victor Frankenstein is more of a monster than his creation. Victor Frankenstein’s neglect of his creature from the first time he sees it displays how he influences the creature 's cynical outlook on humanity. When Frankenstein views his creation for the first time, he shows disgust and horror. Rather than aiding and nurturing his creature that knows nothing about the world, Frankenstein deserts and abandons his creation, leaving it to learn about the world on its own. Out of fear of his creation, Victor “escaped and rushed downstairs” at the sight of his curious creature attempting to learn from his creator (59).
He is a monster because not only his actions showed it, but his mind was consumed as well. Victor Frankenstein is the true monster in this novel, because he obtained this knowledge that only God should possess, he was not capable with his actions to fulfill this knowledge, and allowed his self-ambition and revenge to control him. Victor became a monster by allowing this knowledge of creation to consume his actions and mind and in the end, it destroyed him and everyone that he loved. I interpreted that Mary Shelley is trying to show us that allowing passion and desires to go uncontrolled in your life, will lead to destruction and turn you into a
And who is it who in fact enjoyed his solitude and seclusion from society? That would be none other than Victor Frankenstein himself. The disturbing reality that Victor is part god and part wild beast for his cruel actions towards his creation displays the evil that comes from a man when he removes himself from society. The Monster partially experiences these effects as well from his unwelcome seclusion from society when he is also slowly pulled back and forth between good and evil. Mary Shelley made no mistake in making this clear through her writing, however.
Frankenstein ' creation shares this trait, though sometimes his actions may be unacceptable he still feels and shares emotions as another human would. Anger, not the best emotion but still, is one. Throughout the whole story the Creature is angry at Victor. He had abandoned and abhorred him, when it was his doing in creating him in the first place. “This death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall destroy him” (Chapter 6, page 113).