Victor Frankenstein Morality Analysis

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Morality. It has been questioned, emphasized, and respected since the beginning of time. Yet even today, not one human being can say what is morally right. Rather, morality is a matter of opinion. It was the opinion of Victor Frankenstein which stated that it was alright to create a “monster”. Victor Frankenstein’s creation needed a companion. Knowing that his first creation was evil, should Victor make a second? With the knowledge at hand, to Victor, it is not at all morally correct to bring another monster into the world. And yet, Shelley describes this story as a morality tale throughout the story, bringing up questions such as “What is the right thing to do?” and “Looking back, should I have done what I did?” Two events really stand out…show more content…
Thinking about the deal with his family in mind, Victor begins his work on the second monster. The first monster made Victor suffer terribly and threatened his family; trying to scare Victor for not creating his mate, the monster angrily said to Frankenstein, “I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you” (162). While looking back upon his unfinished work, Victor remembers “the miserable monster whom I had created,” (152). “With the companion you bestow I will quit the neighborhood of man,” (142) promises the monster to Victor upon completion of his mate. Victor, trying to act morally, destroys the monster for the good of the world. Victor thinks to himself “a race of devils would be propagated,” (163) if the creation of the companion occurred. If powerful enough, the monsters could do serious damage. Victor realizes that he cannot possibly doom the world to benefit himself, and argues with his creation “Shall I…set…upon the earth a daemon” (162). It is definitely not moral for one person to unleash a terror on the world to benefit only himself and his family. Victor will not let any example change his mind on the point that the monster is always pure evil. Adding on to Victor’s point that the creature was too evil to duplicate, he states, “Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness; but they confirm me in determination of not creating you a…show more content…
With the knowledge given, in the opinion of Victor Frankenstein, it is not at all morally correct to bring another monster into the world after bringing one in already. On the one hand, if the second monster was created, Victor’s family could be saved. By the same logic the rest of the world could be forced to bow before two hideous monsters. Victor realizes this in his creation of the monster: that what may seem to be correct could do harm, and that is what exactly happened. The choice of making or not making the second monster plays heavily on Frankenstein’s mind, and that could be a possible reason of his brief insanity. Even though Victor began his work supposedly for the good of man, his experiment did end hurting himself and his
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