Who is to blame for wrongdoing- the individual or society? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an excellent instance in which this long-argued debate is examined and put into play. It is true that Victor’s monster committed numerous murders and other acts of depravity. However, the monster did not commit those acts out of a desire to be a harrowing killer, but stemmed rather from a desire for retribution for how his creator made him appear to society.
Jacob T. Ray Virginia Benitez English 2B 30 November 2016 The True Definition of a Monster People argue that the definition of a monster is someone who lacks human qualities, cruel, and barbaric or that a monster is an imaginary creature that has no point in life but can be good. In novels, biographies , and articles and so on writers use the word “monster” to point out to the reader the “monster” is a terrible person. When people think what a monster is many times they start thinking of scary creatures, halloween costumes, and horror movies.
Frankenstein: Who is at fault? Frankenstein is a book about love, loss, and the affect it can have. A series of cause and affect events happen throughout this book involving Victor and his creation. The question to be answered is who is to blame for the tragedies. Although both characters have wrong-doings, Victor is more to blame for the outcome of the story.
Neglecting the responsibility of one’s own possession leads to a blamable consequence. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, proves that Victor’s actions and choices make him blamable for causing all the tragic accidents. However, his failure to take responsibility as the owner starts all the disaster in the novel. His poor treatment, negative dictions, and rude behavior towards his own creation leads to his blame for affecting people around him.
“Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.” (Dalai Lama). This quote relates beautifully to the book Frankenstein where a mans isolation turns him into a monster.
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the theme of responsibility for one 's creation and the actions of that creation shows up at several points. The responsibility of Victor Frankenstein to his “Creature” and its actions is similar to the responsibility of a parent for their child’s actions. In the United States, parents are legally responsible for their children in some capacity until the child is a legal adult at 18 years old. By this time the belief is that the child is mature enough to make their own decisions and assume responsibility for their actions.
A central message throughout Frankenstein is that people be held accountable for their actions whether justly or unjustly. One of these actions consistent in the story was the act of murder. Murder was a crime commonly committed and punished throughout the story. The first murder mentioned in the story was the murder of William Frankenstein the younger brother Victor Frankenstein. Justine did not commit the crime, but she was urged to confess so she would not go to hell. "
In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, it scrutinizes the punishments when a man creates life, and plays the role of God. Victor Frankenstein, is at fault for the creature’s actions. Victor was looking for some honor and triumph, but when he accomplished his experiment, not only did it bring terror to Victor, but to the whole world. The monster never learned right from wrong and was never raised correctly, his first moment of life, all he experienced was the fear in Victor's emotion, and was abandoned right from the start. Victor selfishly isolated himself from society and ran away from his responsibilities which caused destruction to the people Victor cared for and loved deeply.
“I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe.” (Frankenstein 101) Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley. This quote was said by Victor Frankenstein explaining how he felt about Justine’s trial after the death of William. Once Justine’s trial ended in her death, Victor became very guilty because he knew that this all started because of his passion and ignorance that led to the creation of his dream.
The Creation In Mary Shelly’s gothic novel Frankenstein a major problem that runs through the minds of both characters is that who was actually to blame for the horrible incidents that took place. I believe that both Victor Frankenstein and his monster were to blame for the death and destruction that occurred. Victor actions were a strong cause of all the chaos by causing his monster to feel alone and abandoned and never having someone there for him. With Victor shutting out his creation from the beginning his monster had to endure the harsh struggle of surving on your own in the wilderness.