So the monster was left alone with no one to raise him. The monster was furious with Victor. The beast made it his goal to make Victor feel the alienation he felt. For example, the monster was expressing his feelings to his own conscience. He stated he was going to seek revenge.
The monster has felt the pain of rejection from human society. He understands what it is like to be hated because of his appearance. This is the start of the monsters downfall, he lets the rage he feels consumes him: “Cursed, cursed, creator! Why did I live?” (138).
The central passage in Volume 2 Chapter 8 of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein” is the. The subsequent rage in his rejection by the De Lacey’s plunges the Creature into a fit “of utter and stupid despair” as he loses “the only link that held [him] to the world”. As the human emotions of “revenge and hatred fill [the Creature]”; his memories of the De Lacey’s converge in his conscious, their benevolent attributes and characteristics combating his revelling anger at their reaction to his plea for acceptance albeit not for long. The Creature eventually turns his “fury towards inanimate objects”; Shelley demonstrating the Creature’s capability for benevolence as he is “unable to injure anything human”.
It is my belief that society is the true ‘monster’ in the novel, and that it is through our experiences and interactions with society that shapes us into the person that we become. Because of the creatures experiences with abandonment, abuse, rejection, and lack of nurture, the creature turns from an innocent soul into a murderous monster. Society plays a huge role in the destruction of both the creature and Victor. When Victor first leaves for ignostalt he believes that “he will be unfit for the company of man.”
Perhaps because he saw the brokenness of Victor after the death of his Father and Elizabeth and felt sympathy, similar to what he said he felt after the death of Henry, “I pitied Frankenstein; my pity amounted to horror: I abhorred myself.” (Shelley 271) Perhaps he felt satisfied enough getting Victor to break that much, in order to ignore the last brother and follow him. If Frankenstein would have less emotion I wonder if the monster would have hesitated at all in going after Ernest. Even so how could Ernest possibly feel being the only one left in his family, not knowing why they are all dying or that Victor is the cause.
In order to further understand the person who is Victor Frankenstein, we will analyze two specific quotes in which he ponders the consequences of creating his monster. The first specific quote that shows Dr. Frankenstein pondering the consequences of his actions is when he states, “but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust fill my heart.” When Victor is initially building his creation, all he thinks of is the great science behind his work. However, he never once thinks of the consequences he may face once his creation becomes a reality.
As a spur of the moment decision, Frankenstein does not just fracture his work, but mutilates it right in front of the monster’s eyes. To see his last hope of finally achieving happiness, in a society that could never accept him, be demolished by the same person who denied him from pleasure since the beginning of his life span, devastated the creature. “‘Shall each man… find a wife for his bosom and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection and they were requited by detestation and scorn… Are you to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?”
Whilst working gruesomely day and night, he achieves his goal and successfully animates a dead body, but the creation was “so hideous that even [Victor] turned from [it] in disgust” (Shelley 155). Victor results to abandon his creation which is introduced by Shelley as having the character of a naïve child with no understanding of the world around him, but his abandonment by Victor turns the creature into a dejected and
The King 's death can be seen as akin to Hamlet losing a part of himself, leading him to believe that the world has lost all intrinsic value as a result, lamenting 'how weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world. Moreover, influenced by Ancient Greek tragedy, Hamlet becomes increasingly isolated from his own family as they become more hostile towards him as the play progresses. The theme of revenge is present throughout the play and is the central driving force behind Hamlet. Hamlet believes that Claudius, his uncle killed his father, which is true as the play later reveals. This triggers him to start investigations into the matter.
Because the monster experiences violence rather than nurture, he turns violent against mankind. The violence from the De Lacy family causes the creature to “feel anger, then a desire for revenge, and finally a violent severing from all that is human” (Mellor). This exhibits violent recurrence that arises as nurture is replaced by violence. This violence leads to murderous actions. When the monster first encounters William, he hopes to “educate him as [his] companion” (126, Shelley).
Victor is reluctant, but agrees in order to keep his family safe. He then leaves his home to begin the process of creation once again, but suspects that the monster is following him. Victor is overwhelmed by the infinite dark possibilities that would present themselves if he were to provide his monster with a female companion. So after finding the monster watching him work through a window, he destroys his work. Enraged, the monster kills Henry and plants the evidence on Victor.
Frankenstein, a romance gothic novel written by Mary Shelley an english author that circles around an obsessed ambitious scientist, Victor Frankenstein and his uncontrolled experiments, with his lust and love for knowledge and scientific studies, narrated in the perspective of an explorer that his goal is to reach the north pole, Robert Walton. Victor is a bright young guy from Geneva, he moves out from Geneva to the University of Ingolstadt in 1788. Victor starts off going to school and getting interested in the study of alchemy and science because of his chemistry teacher, Mr. Kempe. This interest turns into an uncontrolled obsession to a new class of “science”. Alphonse and Caroline are Victor's parents that live in Geneva, he also has
In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, there is someone that fits many traits of a hero, even though he hasn’t done many good actions. This person is an almost perfect epitome of the classic definition of an epic hero. He fits many of the traits needed to be considered as a hero and acts arbitrary to what a hero is today. In the book, Victor is the obvious choice for the position. Even though he doesn’t have the attitude or personality of a hero, he has symbolic traits that decipher him from the creature.
Within the first page of Frankenstein, Shelley instructs the reader in how to read her novel by having a rather ambiguous narrator until the end of the first letter. The ambiguous narrator aids in presenting a tone of curiosity that is prevalent throughout the rest of the novel, as well as Shelley sets up the use of weather as a tool to change the tone of the novel as well as the emotions of her characters. Shelley first uses an ambiguous narrator to give clues as to how to read Frankenstein. The only clue as to who the narrator might be on the first page is after the author of the letter tells the recipient, Mrs. Saville, about the landscape of where he is venturing, when he says “There—for with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators” (7). By only addressing the narrator as the brother of Mrs. Saville, Shelley leaves who is telling the story at the beginning of the novel up to the reader’s imagination as it is unclear if the narrator is indeed Victor Frankenstein, or some other man.