This much is true for Victor’s failure to take responsibility for not only teaching his creation about life but also failure to take responsibility for the actions of his creation. “Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy… you shall be my first victim” (153). Victor’s knows that he is responsible for the death of William because he abandoned his creation and made the monster learn the hard way that he would not be accepted into society. But he has no choice but to let Justine take the fall for the death of his brother because he fears being seen as a madman.
Victor’s creation said, “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust” (pg.116)? Why would Victor turn his back on something he created? Victor’s actions show us that he despised his creation. What he didn’t realize was that his actions in trying to carry out his plan, were actually killing him slowly, because he was not capable of fulfilling this knowledge correctly.
Victor had no rights to judge the monster because he did not teach him anything at all. This is an example of different kind of people that use too much judgement on the physical appearance. Because of suffering too many threats and screamings from Frankenstein, these turned to hatred and caused him to seek revenge on Frankenstein. Throughout the novel, Frankenstein and other characters gave the monster the feeling of self-consciousness. It is easy to understand that the beast’s actions were just followed by horrible feelings.
The monster on the other hand had known only loneliness from the second he opened his eyes. The monster learns through painful rejection that he will never find companionship because humans are unable to see past his ghastly appearance and in anger tears away one of Frankenstein’s many companions. This begins the spiral of anger and loneliness that leads to the monster killing nearly everyone Frankenstein is close to. This, inadvertently, forces Frankenstein to have the same feelings of anguish and loneliness that he first instigated in the monster. Frankenstein never realises that all the monster wants is a companion, he cannot see his own emotions reflected in his creation.
Although he comes with friendly intentions, the Monster is treated violently and with contempt, essentially being forced into his alienation to survive and becoming the “monster” he is already thought of as a result. The Monster’s actions are a response to the treatment he has received from others, everyday villagers and Victor alike. With little known about his origins and no way to explain himself, there is no hope for the Monster to assimilate himself. This is present in other characters of the novel as well, for example, Richard Walton, who has self-alienated in order to gain distinction and knowledge. The Monsters origins and appearance develop these themes of alienation throughout the novel, themes that are further developed by other characters and play an important role in delivering the message of
Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled, and whom all men disowned” (138). Through the knowledge he acquired from spying in on the Felix family, he gained the understanding that his grotesque look doomed him to be marginalized within human society; therefore, his understanding of human history destined himself to be a monster. Although, this self-realization of a monster identity plays a huge role in the general plot and character development of Frankenstein’s Monster, it hints at a subtler interpretation of the nature of knowledge.
Simultaneously, Victor failing to take responsibility for his own creation leads the creature down a path of destruction that manufactures his status as a societal outcast. The creature's dissolution from society, his search for someone to share his life with, the familiarity with intense anguish, his thirst for retribution, each of these traits coincide with Victor as he is depicted throughout the novel. Victor unknowingly induces his own undoing through his rejection of the creature. Shelley foreshadows his downfall by stating that “the monster still protested his innate goodness, blaming Victor’s rejection and man’s unkindness as the source of his evil” (Shelley 62) The creature essentially places Victor at fault for the creature becoming an outcast of society, by expressing this Shelley constructs a very austere portrayal of man’s contact with outsiders.
After Victor Frankenstein created the Monster, Frankenstein was “unable to endure the aspect of the being [he] had created, [and] rushed out of the room…” (35). Frightened of his very own creation due to its hideous appearance, Frankenstein took flight and didn’t think of the consequences that would eventually follow. Being terror-stricken by the Monster and fleeing shows Frankenstein’s strong sense of fear. Though it was cruel that Frankenstein would run away from the very creation he put together with his very own two hands, his reaction of fear and panic proves that he does contain a sense of humanity within him. Indeed, it is also true that Frankenstein has failed to tolerate or look past the Monster’s flawed appearance; however, because he himself was the creator of the Monster, he felt a sense of pressure and fear of being the one to have to take responsibility for creating something so
Subsequently, Mary Shelley 's "Frankenstein" is an appalling novel in which the fault of one individual prompts to the deaths of his loved ones. As a result, when a scientist chooses to meddle in the plans of nature and nature spoke to by the monster seriously hurt him for that. Nobody but God should assume
Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge” (“Frankenstein”). After the creature is abandoned by Victor, and then mistreated by the De Lacey family, he turns to malevolence. However, in taking revenge, the creature ensures that he will never be accepted by society.
The monster declares that he desires “creatures…cheering my gloom”; however, no “Eve soothed my sorrows” (118, Shelley). Because of this abandonment, the monster “cursed [Frankenstein]” (118, Shelley). No mother or Eve is present to nurture the monster. Therefore, he faults his creator for his isolation and plans to seek vengeance against Frankenstein, sending a message to the reader concerning the violent repercussions from an absence of nurture. Similarly, after the De Laceys beat the monster, he feels there are “none…men that existed who would pity or assist” him, causing him to “declare everlasting war against the species” (122, Shelley).
He is, as the shaper sings, “The terrible race cursed by God”. (Gardner 51) Similar to how Grendel was abandoned, the Monster of Frankenstein was dealt a similar fate. From the moment the Monster opened his eyes, his creator refused and rejected him. Dr. Victor Frankenstein had created a
The monster is said to be a replica of Frankenstein. The monster has no control over his aggression and continues to murder his master’s loved ones. Although, this aggression is spurred on from the rejection and sorrow that humanity has placed on him (Cantor 117). The creature’s ultimate sorrow is caused by the denial of a companion
The fact that Victor sees the creature as such a vile thing shows us that Victor doesn’t have any respect whatsoever for it. The creature states that he was ‘dependent on none and related to none’ which also