This conclusion can be made because the Monster has the characteristics of a hero. These Characteristics include courage development, determination, risk taking, and a sacrificial spirit. The Monster in Frankenstein had proper motivation to be so determined and courageous to get what he desired in life. He longed to be accepted by others; this was his struggle in life. All heros encounter some sort of struggle on their journeys.
In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelly, Victor Frankenstein creates a creature. The creature and Victor Frankenstein have conflicts between each other, which is why Robert Walton is necessary to help the reader relate to Frankenstein, by having many of the same attributes are Victor Frankenstein does. Robert Walton has many similar traits to Victor Frankenstein, ultimately helping the reader greater relate to Dr. Frankenstein. Even though Frankenstein is viewed as a monster himself and Walton is considered a normal person. Each man has an attachment with his sister and a desire to conquer the unknown.
Though the name Frankenstein has become very well known, the original story as penned by Mary Shelley has been overwhelmed by the numerous derivatives that were published afterward in different forms of media including movies, plays, and even comic books. (The Frankenstein Movie and Monster Horror Film Site). The plot of the novel depicts the monster as having no other desire in life than to be loved and to assimilate seamlessly into society (Chapter 17). This shows that, contrary to popular belief Victor Frankenstein is the actual evildoer because he did not take the necessary precautions before his experimenting, he abandoned his creation and also because he came from a family that
Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
Two common points are horror and violence and how Victor has learned to much knowledge on the creation of life. Due to the knowledge that Victor has obtained on being able to then create a new life, then reflects on to how it causes horror and violence to occur. Horror is shown when Victor first sees his creation and it reaches out or him “one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me…”(44). Victor thinks the creation is trying to attack him and is seen as horror. Another time horror can be seen is when Victor sees Henry’s dead body.
Playing with emotions can have negative impacts on people and can cause them to retaliate which was the case with the creature. He experienced the destruction of his future companion first hand, which affected him emotionally. Because he was in shock, he reacted to this situation by telling Frankenstein that “[He] will be with [Frankenstein] on [his] wedding night” (123). Frankenstein interpreted this to be that the creature would kill him on his
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, he claims that “... Treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysterious of creations.” Or in other words, clouded by his own idyllic mindset, Victor garners his dangerous ideas with ideals of finding something not yet found, further driving him forward in his experiments and actions. In summation, in combination with the other themes he develops, Victor’s dangerous dogged determination drives him into a state of not just a state of horrible illness, but a state of mental degradation, leaving him both ill in both mind and
Monsters are created from fear, and fear changes from generation to generation. While there are things that humans are afraid of all the time, specific periods of time can be defined through one cohesive fear. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, fear and how the characters act on that fear is used as a plot device to help characterize her antagonist and protagonist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster. It is through analysis of character interactions between the these two and society around them that helps to define who is truly the monster, and who is the victim. During the Victorian Era there was only one thing its people truly feared: nonconformity.
Victor became eager to learn and master the secret to life, he was fascinated by the human frame, and how to manipulate and control it. However this obsession became more self-fulfillment than social utility, which ended up being his downfall. The creature had intellectual curiosity when it came to his self guided education. He was forced to learn to survive, how to fend for himself, he also learned the dangers of the world. The creature had learned the majority of his knowledge through mimicking the De Lacey family.