Victor Frankenstein The True Monster Analysis

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The True Monster Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley that tells the story of a young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a sentient but grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. What amazed me the most is the fact that Mary Shelley wrote this book when she was 18. In this paper, I want to critically argue and demonstrate who the real monster is; Victor Frankenstein or the creature. I believe the real monster is Victor Frankenstein and I will provide my reasons through textual and critical evidence. First, I will analyze Victor Frankenstein’s behavior from the time he created the creature. One can argue that Victor creating the creature is…show more content…
For example, when Victor decided to create life from the lifeless, his personal preference was a male life and not a female life, which suggests his disregard for the female gender. Even when Victor created a female creature for the male creature, Victor ended up tearing her into pieces, and this can be seen as a patriarchal allegory for the denial and the degradation of women. According to Anne K. Mellor, on women, patriarchy, and Victor, “On the cultural level, Frankenstein’s scientific project—to become the sole creator of a human being—supports a patriarchal denial of the value of women and of female sexuality” (356). We can clearly see that there are patriarchal elements in the novel, specifically with Victor Frankenstein’s role, in creating a male monster as this clearly devalues women, and also devalues female sexuality because Victor tore his female creation into pieces. From that sense, Victor’s portrayal as a patriarchal monster who degrades women contributes to his monster-like…show more content…
In this paper, I am simply argue why I believe Victor Frankenstein is the true monster instead of the creature as a monster. I have demonstrated how Victor Frankenstein is a selfish character and how this selfish behavior leads to many negative consequences. Lastly, I have demonstrated how the creature is less selfish and more human than Victor
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