He swears to take revenge on his creator, Victor, so he killed Victor’s friends and family one by one. In the end, the monster also killed Victor’s wife Elizabeth. It wanted Victor to know how it felt during its life, lonely and misunderstood. In the middle of the novel, Victor makes a statement to Walton about his destiny, trying to use his own experience to exhort, change, and prevent Walton’s desire and passion for adventure.
When he, “trembling with passion, tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged.” , Victor, while being watched by his creation, has not only put himself in danger, but also the lives of his family (Pg. 145). His disregard for the creature’s ability to inflict pain to him and his family illustrates an evident lack of responsibility and maturity. Victor is seemingly unphased by the creature’s threats, and even proclaims that “Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness” (Pg. 146).
Nonetheless,Victor is overwhelmed and instead of caring for the monster, he seeks an easy way out which ultimately leads to the betrayal and abandonment of the creature. Now, the monster is left without care and is filled with anger and sadness as Victor did not take responsibility to look after him. Therefore the monster goes out of rage and kills people that are closest to victor's life. Evidently, all the monster wanted was for Victor to take pride in his work and both care and accept him for the monster that he was. In addition, the monster tried to get near people with hopes of gaining trust and bonds.
Just as a parent is expected to instill values and the foundation of a moral compass in their children, it would have been Victor’s responsibility to familiarize the creature with the laws of the living. It is also unclear how a monster such as the creature could ever be convicted for a crime, considering the fact that it is much stronger and faster than any living man. It is also important to note that, just as the creature’s existence is a blurred boundary between dead and alive, its political boundaries are just as blurred between good and bad. The confusing, blurred boundaries that make up the existence of the creature are what make it difficult to place it in any category. In this case, not even the accurate description of criminal can fully grasp the identity of creature, effectively pushing its nonconformity even
Simultaneously, Victor failing to take responsibility for his own creation leads the creature down a path of destruction that manufactures his status as a societal outcast. The creature's dissolution from society, his search for someone to share his life with, the familiarity with intense anguish, his thirst for retribution, each of these traits coincide with Victor as he is depicted throughout the novel. Victor unknowingly induces his own undoing through his rejection of the creature. Shelley foreshadows his downfall by stating that “the monster still protested his innate goodness, blaming Victor’s rejection and man’s unkindness as the source of his evil” (Shelley 62) The creature essentially places Victor at fault for the creature becoming an outcast of society, by expressing this Shelley constructs a very austere portrayal of man’s contact with outsiders.
Whereas the real monster throughout the story is no other than Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein displays many of the characteristics any monster would have. He was cruel and manipulative in order to become and valued like God. However, the odds were not in his favor after rejecting the monster the minute he came to life, "A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly
Jacob Opalka Mrs. Ramey 4 April 2016 English 12 CP Victor Frankenstein: a Deadbeat Father Figure (Rough Draft) One out of every three children living in America lives without a father figure in his/her lives. Children growing up without a father figure can develop emotional and/or behavioral problems. In some cases, these children even become aggressive and get into trouble with the law (“Statistics on the Father Absence” n.p.). Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, occurs in Geneva and Ingolstadt, and portrays Victor Frankenstein as a deadbeat father figure to his creation because he does not take responsibility for him, and he must ultimately deal with the consequences of his creature.
The creature went on to terrorize Victor’s family and life by killing William and blaming Justine. “Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be they Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel. Whom thou drive from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded…” (87) The monster compares himself to devil.
Due to neglect and immediate abandonment during the beginning of his life, the creature develops a hostile attitude and seeks revenge on Victor Frankenstein. In response to the cottage dwellers attacking him, the creature exclaims “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence of which you had so wantonly bestowed” and reveals his feelings “of rage and revenge” (Shelley 135).
Frankenstein In most fiction stories, there are always two characters that do or do not represent different sides of the same character. Frankenstein is a short gothic horror story written by Mary Shelley. Shelley writes about a scientist who created a being from dead body parts. Victor Frankenstein as the protagonist of the story created a monstrous character that was a reflection of himself.
Regardless of who we strive to be, or who we dare not to be, those who we respect and look up to will be the ones who leave an impression on our lives. To the Monster’s credit, it continued to pursue a life of good deeds until the people it idolized turn on it. Because of the influence made on it by its parental figures the Monster behaves like an outsider, and as an outsider it gains new role models and is governed by new emotions such as anger and hate. The monster should not be blamed for its malicious nature, rather, the people who taught it hate and the Doctor who created it without a true intent of being its
Victor creates the Creature, but there are many situations throughout the novel where the Monster displays as the victim. He seeks love from different people, but everyone treats him bad. His anger towards his father drives him to kill Victor’s family. The Monster later feels devastated for the murders he commits. All the monster wants is love.
The unjust treatment that the creature received from humankind was harsh and unreasonable as he wasn’t allowed the opportunity to prove his intentions were far from malicious. His loneliness, isolation and injustice from those he tried to befriend turned him into an actual monster, evidently his perspective and personality changed after being excluded. The monster had been treated unfairly by humanity “I desired love and fellowship and I was spurned. Was there no injustice in this? … Am I to be thought the only criminal when all human kind sinned against me?”
The monster believes that he is like Satan. He once was good, saving a young girl from drowning, but like Satan, he has fallen into the pits of hell. Where he consistently seeks revenge on Victor, his creator, who is seen as an allusion to God. This relationship between the monster and its creator, can be viewed as a parallel to God and Adam/Satan. Like Adam, he was created by God (Victor), and craves for a companion, just like the monster, who constantly implies that, “I am alone.
To fit in the role of a tragic hero the character must show heroic actions, have a flaw, have an increase in knowledge, and the audience must have sympathy for them. Many novels include a tragic hero further the plot of the novel or the play. Many tragic heroes do not only have a heroic characteristics, but they can also have villainous characteristics based on what the character considers as heroic. In Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, Shelley illustrates the theme of appearances vs. reality to embody the tragic hero in the creature. Through the use of chaotic imagery, fluid characterization, and critical diction, Shelley comments on how society rejects others based on their appearance therefore themselves creating the monster.