Frankenstein 's arrogant and impetuous character comes back to bite him as he hastily demolishes the creatures companion, even with knowing the risk of doing so. The creature was abandoned ever since he was brought to life, and was forced to fend for himself. Not being able to fit in with human society is what provoked him to ask Frankenstein to create a companion for him. Although it took awhile to convince Frankenstein, he reluctantly agreed and began to create a new creature. However, quite abruptly “with a sensation of madness on [his] promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, [he] tore the thing on which [he] was engaged.
He retreats back into his room one last time without anyone following behind him. “…He barely noticed that not a single word, not an ejaculation from his family, interfered with his progress.” (Kafka 497). His family did not believe that Gregor was still present. At this point in the story they are giving up on Gregor, and they want to put an end to him. They locked the door behind him and from then on they went about their lives without him.
Their ambition drives them to take risks and even put the lives of themselves and others on the line. Throughout the novel, these characters toil with the pursuit of forbidden knowledge by suffering through the ramifications of their decisions to satisfy their desires. The author implies that blind ambition can lead to the downfall of beings who don’t limit their curiosity. These endeavors include determining the secret of life as well as its creation, discovering a passage in the North Pole, and learning to understand one’s place in the world. Victor Frankenstein suffers from the cost of knowledge by allowing his thirst for the unknown to exceed his limits.
Owing to this, his Superego causes him to feel guilt. However, this guilt is reduced when he believes that the creature would not survive the outside world. As the story progresses, Frankenstein discovers that the created being is still alive and is responsible for the death of William, and the conviction of Justine. Frankenstein’s Id governs him for the remainder of his life as he solely wants to seek revenge on the creature for murdering his dear family and friends, including Henry Clerval. In the novel, the protagonist’s
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.
However, the Romantics saw a hero in Prometheus. A figure who does not give up, and helps mankind, even with the knowledge of having to face consequences. The relationship between the myth and Frankenstein however, is ambivalent. Certainly, just like the myth it can be read as a tale of caution, like Mary Shelley already said in her ‘waking dream’ Frankenstein’s creation would be horrifying because “supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.” As far as Victor Frankenstein is regarded, he certainly is punished for his actions, he witnesses the murder of his family and friends, which shortly after is followed by his own tragic death. The mentioned ambivalent relation, is for example put into play when Frankenstein is read as celebration of ambition and
His quest for absolute knowledge and power will eventually end his own ruin. Frankenstein created a Creature that later resented him for his creation. The unnamed Creature believes that Frankenstein should have to pay for the damage he has done. The Creature and Frankenstein develop a contrasting relationship throughout the novel and end in somewhat compassionate relationship. Frankenstein created a Creature out of recycled parts which resulted in the creature not being highly appealing.
An eye for an eye or the law of retaliation is the principle most people live their lives by. For the characters in Frankenstein, this concept is apparent as the main character, Victor, creates a monster and instantly abandons him which sets off the chain of events revolving around revenge. However, as Gandhi once stated, “an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind” (Gandhi). Throughout the novel, the creature and Victor engage in a recurring cycle of vengeance, but these acts of revenge are bittersweet as in the end it destroys both of them. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reveals how revenge consumes and destroys those who surrender to it.
He didn't bring necessary supplies for their escape. Robert is put in an uncomfortable situation of whether to turn back or pursue his dreams. In the book Frankenstein, Robert says, “There is something terribly appalling in our situation, yet my courage and hopes do not desert me. Yet it is terrible to reflect that the lives of all these men are endangered through me. If we are lost, my mad schemes are the cause” (Shelley 158).
Sympathy is when you have feelings of pity or sorrow towards someone 's misfortune (Oxford Dictionaries, 1998). I had sympathy for the monster several times throughout the book. The first time I did was when he was being brought to life, “Unable to endure the aspect of the being that I created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (Shelley 42). This made me think of Victor as a coward, he spent 2 years creating a new being and just left it after its completion. After he left the monster, he did not come back into the story until chapter 10.