Frankenstein Essay Frankenstein is the real monster in Frankenstein. Do you agree? A 19th century horror, Frankenstein constructed to demonstrate tensions between characters, shows Shelley’s ambition to portray Victor Frankenstein as the real monster. She outlines the dangerous capabilities of human creation, and therefore is predominately an examination of human desire, it’s purposes and consequences. Through Shelley’s construction of Victor’s actions, it is clear that he can be seen as the villain, for trying to play God, subverting nature and ignorance. Frankenstein’s ambition to push the limits was driven by the force of being different from others in society. The moment Frankenstein reached the pinnacle of knowledge, ‘I [felt] my heart glow with an enthusiasm’, the monster was created, Victor was excited, yet filled with disgust, running from the apartment. As the monster started to take shape, Victor describes him as ‘beautiful’, yet repulsive with his ‘yellow skin’, and teeth of ‘pearly whiteness’. From this point on, it was clear that Victor was in a distressed mental state, hoping to forget his creation. The creature now born …show more content…
When Victor’s lack of judgement leads him to create a misshapen being, his self loathing for the results of his creation becomes hatred. Victor procrastinates in dealing with the monster for as long as possible, but to no advantage. When Victor returns to the apartment, he notes that ‘I imagined that the monster seized me.’ Victor’s lack of guidance and nurturing towards his creation is the predominate reason why, ‘[He is] malicious and miserable’ and is at the forefront of Shelley use of Victor to show that avoiding the responsibilities of a creator is a serious sin that will destroy himself and others. Shelley does not condemn creation, knowledge, or science. She simply recognises the ethical considerations that must be addressed when using scientific
Throughout Frankenstein, Shelley uses Victor to warn the reader of the dangers of aspiring to godliness, and the consequences one faces in the aftermath doing so, even going as far as to compare Victor to Satan, tempting the crew of Walton’s ship, in the book’s final pages. The Victor Shelley creates is very similar to the Satan created by Milton in his book, Paradise Lost, which explores the biblical tale of Adam and Eve. In Frankenstein, Victor speaks of his desire to create the Creature, saying, “I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow-creatures.” (152). Shelley’s diction choices, such as the word “useless” exemplify Victor’s excessive hubris, portraying him as a man who creates his Creature for, in his mind, the good of society.
In Mary Shelley’s book, titled Frankenstein, there is much debate about whether the creator, Victor, is the true monster or if the creature itself is, but the self-satisfaction sought by both beings is what leads to their irrational behavior and destructive actions, and therefore could be interpreted as the true monster of the story. To begin with, Victor created the monster under a strong fervor that didn’t allow him to rest. He explains that his original intentions were to help better his fellow human beings and their lives, but as he delves deeper into his creation and experiment, he begins to have visions of a beautiful man, who would woo almost all as a creation of wonder. At this point, Victor is no longer thinking about how this creation will be help mankind, but how he can
Over the past century, Frankenstein has been analyzed and interpreted in seemingly infinite different forms of literature, film, and television shows. Once solely recognized as the story about a brilliant scientist who creates a creature in whom he regrets making after the creature turns out ugly, Frankenstein now represents an internationally recognized and commercialized pop culture symbol for Halloween decorations and costumes. When analyzing and appreciating the true literary essence behind Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein, one of the most important comparisons to consider remains the underlying influences behind the Creature’s immoral actions and whether or not the blame for these actions belong to Victor or the Creature. When exploring the dichotomy of the Creature versus Victor Frankenstein, one of the biggest and most widely debated questions remains whether Victor should be blamed for the Creature’s destructive actions or if the Creature should be considered guilty for his actions based off of his own free will. Many consider Victor Frankenstein the villain of the story due to his repetitive decisions to abandon and avoid his own “mistake,” the irresponsible choice of creating the monster in the first place, and his obvious negligence of the Creature’s feelings.
Monster: An imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening. Victor Frankenstien, the creator of THE monster; the monster that everyone perceives as ugly, disgusting, horrible, terrifying, and a murderer. Frankenstien anandons his creation allowing it to run lose and cause chaos. The monster in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is perceived as all of the things a monster is supposed to be, however, this monster is filled with emotions and feelings that he acts on and cannot contain.
Victor became obsessed with his work and was quite happy during the time that he wanted to find the cure for disease and death. Victor believed he could attain knowledge, “What had been the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp”(shelley 38). Victor Frankenstein was happy with his discovery and believed that he could resurrect his dead mother and cure disease forever. This happiness would not last however and as he finished his creation and it began to show signs of life he became disgusted at his creation, he also became terrified of it as well as angry with himself for being so stupid. The change was sudden , when Victor came to think of the monster as hideous instead of the beautiful creature he sought to make, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form” (Shelley 43).
Shelley’s novel encompasses the unknown and how ambition drove Victor’s passions, ultimately leading him to the tragic end with many other bumps in the road along the way. As Victor had been in the study of life and its cause, the death of his mother had catalyzed a movement of grief which had started, “…depriv[ing him]self of rest and health. [Which he] had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation…” (Shelley 35). Even though he knew that he had been raiding graveyards, Victor believed that he created the body with the ‘finest body parts’ available.
Victor Frankenstein turns away from his responsibilities by ignoring the existence of his creation. Throughout the novel, Victor is constantly running away from the monster and not giving him attention, which resulted in the monsters change of personalities. For example, in page 71 the creation said, “All men hate the wretched; how must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” This quote suggests that because of the ignorance of Victor the monster began to become evil and have the urge to seek
Victor’s creation is described as a “monster” in the story of Frankenstein. He is immediately considered to be evil because he has committed murder, even though he meant no harm. He wrongfully forges his identity according to how others see him; as an evil monster. He forges his identity on how others view him, which is an evil monster (Lall 36). At this point, he is growing out of the mental stage of an infant and is beginning to learn how to take care of himself.
After having formed this determination, and having spent months in successfully collecting and arranging my materials, I began” (Shelley 48). It is evident through this action that Victor is very cautious with creating his monster. Victor is very attentive and is determined to make the monster of the perfect stature, he even spends several months out of his two year endeavour to acquire the ideal parts. If Victor was not such a careful person, he would not have cared about the construction of the quintessential being and would have simply taken the first pieces he found as his recipe. Although Victors meticulous attitude is clear in his picky actions, his later interaction portrays a change in his character from meticulous to negligent.
Thesis: In Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein, the obscure principles of good and evil interact and depend on each other through the character of Victor Frankenstein and his creation of the monster as an extension of his dark raw instincts and emotions. On the surface, Victor Frankenstein appears to be a kind and good human being, merely a tragic hero, but in truth, beneath Victor's benevolent surface lies his egotistical motivation. This is shown in the beginning of the novel in Victor’s purpose for creating the monster. Initially, Victor's purpose could be mistaken as good for he states that "in the process of time... [he] might renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption."
The Creature’s Attack Against Victor In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature acts as a foil for his creator, Victor Frankenstein, revealing how men who act as God face consequences that ultimately lead to their own emotional decline. With this, the creature’s repulsive appearance, harm to Victor’s brother and wife, and desire to be accepted by society accentuates Victor’s fear, misery after the creation of his creature, and societal acceptance. The creature’s cadaverous looks emphasize Victor’s fear to take care of his creature. The creature being “Formed into a hideous and gigantic creature (Shelley 58)” made “Disgust fill [Victor’s] heart (59).” This made Victor “unable to endure the aspect of [the] being [he] created, [causing Victor to] rush out of the room (59).”
In the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein the scientist created a creature that looks ugly and hated by people. Frankenstein’s creature is symbol of destruction due to our own creation. In today’s life, monsters are seen in movies where they hurt innocent people and superheroes come to the rescue. Monsters are seen as dangerous and hated by people and the stories are fantasy. Frankenstein, the novel is a gothic fiction which was written in Romantic era.
Shelley portrays Victor's creation as both villain and victim in this story. The monster is what makes Frankenstein be seen as a god because he is able to bring someone to life. The monster is both the victim and the villain depending on the circumstances. In the novel, The creature starts off as being seen as a victim.
When reading through the novel some might question who's the real monster? Throughout Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses the concepts of Science and knowledge, social rejection and true evil. Victor is a lonely guy who takes on a “God like” role for his personal satisfaction. Victor creates the monster out of his greed and ambitions which led to many of the horrible events throughout the story. He was portrayed as the victim at the beginning of the story because of how secluded he was and his mother died.
He had not thought of any consequence of this action. I would like to analyze the character of the creature independently from its creator. It was ‘born' as a very kind being, which thought that it related to humankind. At the end of a novel, it claims: "When I run over the frightful catalogue of my sins, I cannot believe that I am the same creature whose thoughts were filled with sublime and transcendent visions of the beauty and the majesty of goodness. But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes a malignant devil"(p.223.)