To What Extent Is The Real Monster In Frankenstein

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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

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