In some aspects, Frankenstein is similar to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. In both novels, playing God plays a key role in the storylines and has a significant impact on the characters. In Frankenstein, Victor tries to play God by creating life. However, this action winds up hurting him, since his abandoned creation seeks revenge on him for the injustice he causes in the monster's life. It is clear that Victor can not handle the responsibility of playing God, since shortly after finally creating the monster, “breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” and he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being” he creates.
Society would never accept him as society treats outcast and people that are any 'different ' atrociously. The monster acquired books of "Paradise Lost", "Plutarch 's Lives" and "The Sorrows of Werter", which "gave him extreme delight" as he studied and exercised his mind. When he came across the DeLacey family, hope sparked inside of him as he believed he would finally be accepted by at least a small part of society. Intelligently enough the monster made his move and approached the blind old man, in which he knew wouldn 't be able to see him or judge him by his distorted appearance. He finally grasps the chance into talking to the old man, De Lacey and he acknowledges that if he fails in being accepted by them he will be "an outcast in the world for ever".
Surely, he feared that the monster’s species will populate and wipe out humanity, but on the other hand the monster wanted a mate so that he would not be alone. For example, Adam was a lonely man and needed a female. God gave him what he needed, both were happy until they were doomed. Victor plays God and the monster plays Adam. The difference is Victor did not give this creation what he desired, obviously.
What makes people do the right thing vs. wrong thing or wrong thing vs. right think in general what makes people do the things that they do? Victor Frankenstein creates a monster thinking would turn out to be a good outcome instead resulted in a backfire. The creature turns out to become evil as things lead him into seeking revenge on his creator Victor. Positive and negative reinforcement end up turning the characters to seek revenge amongst each other. Going from a happy living like to a messed up crazy life Victor had to go through this because the decision of creating his creature.
“He threatened excommunication and hell fire in my last moments if I continued obdurate.” (Shelley, Chapter 8) Frankenstein contains many themes and lessons that need to be learned. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” shows up the most throughout the story. When everyone sees someone as just a face rather than their character and personality, the situation can become complicated. In Frankenstein, an “innocent man” created a monster, a “monster” had the most compassionate attitude towards those who shunned him, and a “murderer” never committed the crime.
The first major aspect that leads to the Creature’s fall from grace is appearance. Victor works tirelessly in academia because he believes to have found the solution to generate life. Once Victor succeeds, the Creature’s demonic appearance mortifies him. Victor describes his work with disdaining imagery, stating, “I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motivation, it became a thing such as even Dante could have conceived" (Shelley 36). Although Victor successfully creates what would be his greatest academic achievement, he abandons his creation, showing that the Creature's ugliness is a prevailing factor for his isolation from civilization.
This quote shows that isolation causes dangerous behavior. Mentally, Frankenstein is damaged, which is evident when he states that he feels no right to share experiences and converse with his family. Secondly, while in isolation, Frankenstein created a monster. The isolation drove him to create this monster because nobody could help him with his decisions, which presented Frankenstein with awful consequences. Indirectly, Frankenstein’s isolation caused physical destruction to his family because it made him ignorant of the repercussions of his creation.
In contrast to the remorse of the monster, Victor feels only disgust when creating the monster rather than remorse. In hact he claimed that the “beauty of the dream vanished” (Shelley 61). This indicates a rather larger ideology within the story; While Victor constantly displays his disgust and hatred towards the monster, he begins to show less remorse as the story progresses. Obviously, the human reaction to creating a monster that would kill people would be remorse. However Victor lacks this remorse and feels bad for himself for what the monster has done to
Frankenstein pursues knowledge at all costs, even when he knows the consequences will be catastrophic. As a child,
Retaliation is sought out when two people cannot come to terms with the demands of the other and in this case, the creature asks Victor to create a female companion for him. The creature explained clearly to Victor about how he was reject from society thus affecting his emotional well-being. The feelings of rejection make him angry and jealous of those who do have happiness. Instead of Victor negotiating with the creature about this unreasonable option he shuns him and does not present another viable options to which they could negotiate on. As a cry for help, the creature threatens Victor with retaliation and he responds to his creature unwillingly to make a companion and offers him no consolation to help him through his troubles.
Throughout the novel of Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creation has many similarities of a human being. To start, the creature wants someone to care for him and to be accepted. For example, the creature states, “ you must create a femal for me with whom i can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being.” (Shelly 104) In short, the creature needs attention and compassion.