Frankenstein In her fiction novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley implies that trust and friendship are a key part of a functional and sane being. The lack or loss of this can lead to the desire of vengeance and revenge for the deeds that were done to them. The creature, through the actions of Victor Frankenstein ventured towards vengeance as his trust was lost for his creator. This is done from the very beginning when Frankenstein abandons the creature after he sees what he truly created and fears it. Frankenstein spent many weeks and months on his creation and put tedious amounts of work into his experiment.
The overstepping of boundaries, in the long run, gives Frankenstein longlife punishment for his actions. His family, in addition to his wife, Elizabeth, are harmed in the process. The continuing knowledge that Frankenstein constantly searches for brings him closer to the unknown world. According to an English philosopher, John Locke, author of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, “The Soul begins to have ideas when it begins to perceive” (ch.1). Since Frankenstein has constantly expressed a delight for natural science, it is possible for his mind to wander off and explore territories that are unknown by other scientists.
Vengeance, an act of inflicting pain and suffering on another individual, was used between the two protagonists as a means to resolve conflict. The monster accomplished his revenge by murdering Victor's loved ones, while Victor responded through direct violence on the monster and his creature bride. Ultimately, both achieve their revenge on each other through their own demise. These acts resulted in tragic and devastating consequences for both Victor Frankenstein and the monster. If Victor has created his monster, and integrated him into society, and gave him the knowledge, affection he deserved, then it can be inferred his relationship with humans would have been completely different.
Frankenstein goes on to a most unGodlike destiny, rejecting and deserting his creation, who responds, with rebellion and murder. Another example of Mary Shellys theme of fate is when Victor states, "I thank you," he replied, "for your sympathy, but it is useless; my fate is nearly fulfilled. I wait but for one event, and then I shall repose in peace. (Letter 4) In closing, the reader is reminded of the different themes and foreshadowing techniques used throughout the novel. The deception of Victor, and the theme of fate are used to predict future events.
The creature finds William, Victor’s brother, in the woods and kills him. After murdering William, the creature informs Victor, “I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph: clapping my hands, I exclaimed, ‘I, too, can create desolation; my enemy is not impregnable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him’” (170). The creature is pleased with himself and his newfound strength. He tells William that his brother is the creature’s enemy and swears revenge on
This same rage would later cause him to kill the loved ones of his master, Frankenstein. Near the closing of the novel, the creature sneaks into Robert Walton’s ship and sees his creator dead. Feeling like the cause of his owners death, “the creature blames itself, planning to build a bonfire and commit suicide as penance for its actions” (Segal 861). The very element that gave the creature life, was the one component that took his life away, ending all the rage and
The creature murdered the wife of Victor- Elizabeth, and it was only after this that he decided to take measures and pursue the beast. Victor Frankenstein’s allure for power had been solely responsible for his downfall, along with the deaths of whom he loved. Victor created a beast in an attempt to be represented as a god-like figure. Due to Victor’s devotion he could not commit to hating this creature and kill it. It had only been after the murder of 3 of his family members when Victor finally saw his darkness.
The monster tells Victor of his feelings when he states, “You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains…I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery.” (153) After months and months of the monster trying to connect with the world, he eventually realizes that the efforts are worthless and vows to do to his creator what his creator did to him. To make Victor isolated would give him the same curse the monster has suffered through for its entire new life. Later, the creature asks himself, “Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?” The creature easily could kill Victor if that was his desire but its real desire was to make Victor suffer as the monster did. To make Victor experience the feeling isolation, the creature sets out to destroy what he hold most dear, Elizabeth. Victor describes his spouse as the “body of Elizabeth, my love, my wife, so lately living, so dear, so worthy.” Nowhere else in the novel does Victor come even close to describing another human in this manner.
The monster then decides to take the life of Victors companion. He does this for revenge as that is the one thing Victor refuses the monster. The reason for these characters deaths is in Foster's words “to put stress on other characters.”(90) These deaths cross a breaking point in Victor's mind. When Victor has nobody left in his life he makes up his mind to kill the monster in an act of violent passion. He sets out to hunt the monster, but gets sick and dies on his journey.
Finny realizes that Gene “just didn’t know” what he had done, and forgives his sin, which saves Gene. Without forgiveness, Gene would still be living in fear and hate, buried by his burden. Gene learns tremendously from his experiences. All his enemies were imagined, there was no need for “Maginot Lines” to protect himself from an enemy that didn’t exist. After Finny’s funeral Gene becomes “Phineas-filled” and his “war is over before it ever begins.” Gene realizes, “I was ready for the war, now that I no longer had any hatred to contribute to it.