Frankenstein is a classic by the awesome author Mary Shelley. The story follows Victor Frankenstein as he makes a Monster. The monster ends up kill people from Victor’s family and even his best friend. All the monster wants is for Victor to make him a wife so he is not so alone in the world full of humans. He is tired of being the only one of his kind and having no one to share his life with.
Victor selfishly isolated himself from society and ran away from his responsibilities which caused destruction to the people Victor cared for and loved deeply. The creature was known as a monster and was doomed due to his appearance. The crimes were done by the creature due to the revenge he sought out for towards Victor. The creature cannot be to blame for his behavior, Victor Frankenstein is the only one at fault for the murderers and wrong doings of his creature.
Altogether the monster in Frankenstein feels betrayed by his creator, lonely while he was alone in the woods with no one around him and helpless when he was not able to understand what was going on in the world he was living in. Through the novel the monster was able to gain knowledge about himself because he was forced to fight for his own life while being on his own. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the themes of betrayal, loneliness and helplessness all contribute to the meaning of the pain one feels when they can’t find meaning in
Society constantly rejects the monster violently, leading to him hating Victor. The Creature causes the death of Victor’s closest friends and family members. While this may portray the monster as the villain, the monster is alone and miserable. If Victor had stayed with the monster, there may have been a different outcome. So who is really the villain, Victor or the monster?
Victor is unable to elude his creation. Finally Cohen explains that a true monster defends and guards the border of what is possible. The monster further acts as a warning for those who dare to push the limits. The entity torments his creator and serves as a constant reminder of the folly of man playing god. The creation killed both Frankenstein's wife and child as well as tormented Dr. Frankenstein himself.
DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS The role of victor is subverting the mythical norms in Frankenstein. Usually the creator is considered superior and perfect in his qualities however, in this novelette, the creator himself is flawed he fails to own his own creation. On the complete contrast, Mary Shelley portrays the Creature to be an isolated figure that spends his life desiring a companion and friendship. The Creature is so rejected by society, so abandoned by Victor and the people he come across, that he becomes filled with hatred towards everyone, particularly for the one who placed him into this terrible state in the first place – Victor. The first abandonment occurred right after the “birth” of the Creature.
Because the Monster was a hideous creation from Frankenstein, he was isolated and hated by his looks and behaved in an ethical manner when he began his path of vengeance. The Monster believes and mentioned several times that the reason that he is so angry is because of Victor. Shelley writes,
In the novel Frankenstein, both Victor Frankenstein and his monster live tragic lives. Between the death of Victor’s loved ones and the monster having nobody to love him in the first place, it becomes difficult to decide who really deserves the most pity. Although it may seem that victor lost more, his misery does not compare to that of the monster’s. Because the monster was ridiculed by society for his appearance and had no one to connect to, the monster deserves the most pity. The monster deserves the most pity due to his rejection from society.
When the Creature is first created Victor Frankenstein is disgusted and explains that “breathless horror and disgust filled his heart”(Ch.V; pg 51). The hard work put into this creature did not receive the sense of relief and accomplishment it deserved from Victor as its creator. Instead, without even knowing or learning about the Creature, Victor is filled with hatred demonstrating the malice in humanity. In addition, the Creature presents itself to the cottagers in hopes of acceptance and welcome. However, the cottagers immediately were frightened and struck the Creature.
This is due to the fact that when he gains knowledge, he creates a supernatural being, and this monster kills many of his loved ones. One can also see the destructive impact of knowledge through the perspective of the creature. This is evident in that as he reads books and learns how different he is from humanity, he feels miserable and regrets being created. He becomes melancholic first, then vengeful towards his creator because he leads a cursed existence. He, the offspring of Victor’s knowledge, then destroys Victor’s life.