The monster had a strong thirst for it day in and day out. The ways that the monster tried to gain acceptance but rejected at every turn through was when Victor the mad scientist bolted from it, the cottages became frightened and chased him away, Victor destroying the female monster, wanting forgiveness from Walton an expedition captain, and lastly it understands it must die not a single trace left
Upon seeing how ugly the creature was, he proclaimed “A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.” (Shelley, ch. 5). Frankenstein began to neglect the monster, which consequently caused the monster to take the life of his brother William, Justine, and ultimately, his beloved Elizabeth. Frankenstein began to blame himself for the loss of his own loved ones because of his obsession with creating human life.
Victor refuses, punishing the monster for his actions by forcing him into isolation. The monster turns vengeful not because it's evil, but because its isolation fills it with overwhelming hate and anger. It quickly becomes clear that Frankenstein sees isolation from family and society as the worst imaginable fate. Altogether, the themes used in Shelley’s work create meaning for the reader and allow a better understanding of the
From beginning to end, the idea of isolation and its dangers are constantly repeated as seen through the monster. The effects of being rejected from society mirror what we see in the real world as shown by Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator of the Isla Vista Massacre. Rodger’s main motives for his attack were social and sexual rejection which is the same as the monster in Frankenstein. As stated in his “vlogs” Elliot Rodger was rejected from relationships and had the inability to communicate with women. He envied everyone he saw who was capable of interacting with others and being sociable.
God never intended for humans to have fire, nor intend for them to create life from death, but surely Victor and Prometheus went against both of these actions. Victor is constantly punished by the Monster’s actions of killing his family members, love of his life, and friend, all because he decides to keep in silence about the monster he has created. The monster furiously writes, “You my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? You would not call it murder” because he realizes that Victor would so easily kill him with no thought of it being murder. Victor is so careless about what could happen to the monster, he just wishes he would be gone, so his suffering could end.
The monster depicts his otherness when he wonders: “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned” (Shelley 85). The monster evidently remains in isolation and is dehumanized. The monster attempts to get integrated into his society but his appearance and lack of social skills hinder his success. The monster strives to be accepted but is incapable of acceptance. The monster reiterates this feeling of isolation as he says: “I felt as if I were placed under a ban- as if I had no right to claim their sympathies – as if never more might I enjoy companionship with them” (Shelley 108).
(Shelly, 192). Another time the loss of power can be seen when the monster threaten Victor to be careful on his wedding night as he will be around. Although he was worrying about his death but monster played a different card and killed his wife, Elizabeth. This tells us that even after meeting face to face with monster, the one that he created by himself, he cannot predict the outcome created by monster. He has the mind of his own now.
Consequently, Victor creates a monster that later ruins his life and the lives of those around him in the story mostly due to his poor variety of decisions. These facts proves that Victor’s downfall is most likely caused by his failure of balancing his ego by allowing his Id and superego get to him. In the novel
While Victor at first appears “tranquil” and calm when he sees Henry and is talking, Victor become “evidently constrained” once they return to his apartment and believes the monster was coming to attack him. Here his “confusion had become adduced as a proof of (his) guilt” when Henry questions Victor with “How ill you are!” and asking “What is the cause of all this.” (pg.85) Elizabeth also states that Justine has “worked up (in) her mind an appearance of courage” which correlates directly with Victor’s thought process throughout these final chapters in volume one where he immediately blames his monster for murdering William. Despite being proven true at the end of the monster’s tale, it’s a pretty illogical leap for Victor to make the assumption that his monster, who he created back in Ingolstadt, would kill his brother in the woods despite seeing his figure wander around in the same area.