Fame being one of Frankenstein’s prime motive for creating a superhuman portrays that he does not realize his motive will cause low credibility. Even though the monster is portrayed as ugly and demonic, he longs for a female companion of the same species that will understand him. Moreover, because his physical appearance does not fit in with those around him, he claims he is mean because he is alienated. Thus, Victor suggests the monster’s words are reasonable and promises to create the monster’s companion. However, in the process of his work, Victor slacks off and
Another aspect that is interesting is the turn in behavior for the monster. Perhaps the best quote to represent this idea comes from the actualization of the monster to himself in front of Victor’s dead body “My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love...it did not endure the violence of change without torture” showing how evil nature overcomes the good nature in human beings (Shelly, 158). Initially the monster is very amicable, however, due to continuous rejection, he seeks revenge upon all human beings. Is Shelly saying that even though even nature is good, evil eventually overcomes this good nature? Or Is Shelly saying that human nature is bad and full of rejection and isolation?
It keeps posing questions such as, “What does it mean to be a monster” or “What does it mean to be human?”. The irony in Blade Runner is the blade runners (supposedly humans) act in an inhumane manner, “retiring” replicants due to their developments of human characteristics. Where as Roy (a replicant) performs a great act of mercy, sparing Deckard’s life. Roy appears “…more human than human…” (Tyrell Corporations motto) in his empathy and compassion. While in Frankenstein the creature’s fate is chosen with his appearance and societies prejudice.
Victor Frankenstein’s claim that there can be no ‘community’ or overall , kinship between the creature and himself basically means that he does not want any sort of relation with his creation as he considers him less of a human and more of a monster. My opinion on this is that I completely disagree with his claim. Mainly on the basis of the most obvious reason which is it’s his creation and as the maker he has a certain responsibility for the creature. Not only this but the creature craves attention just like a child from his parents, Frankenstein rejects him which throws the creature in a spiral of hatred to mankind. On the basis
Frankenstein is repulsed by the creatures physical appearance and immediately rejects him, leaving the creature, recently created and new to the world, to fend for himself. This creature contemplates and muses like a human being, appealing to his creator Frankenstein, and even asking himself: “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned (Shelley 85)?” The fact that the creature is commonly perceived as an inhuman ‘monster’ may be due to his evil, murderous actions. The way the story is narrated may influence the reader to believe this as well. The story is not told directly from the creatures own words, but through words of another. Like any other story when one does not experience the events himself it tends to sway towards the story tellers point of view.
The guilt finds its origin from the actions of the monster. He feels that he is the cause of the problem as the monster was the result of his endeavours. The monster can also be seen as a deformed reflection of himself, which is all the more reason for Victor to feel guilty. The passage also deals with redemption, as the monster, and Victor are indicated to be trying to redeem themselves for their crimes. Quite interestingly, they plan to do so by destroying each other.
I took refuge in the courtyard” volume one chapter five. This has established that without gaining knowledge of the creature that the being is seen as evil and a fiend. By using the words “escaped”, “detain” and “rushed” it implies that the creature would destroy him instantly and quickly, although, the creature is innocent and vulnerable as a baby is when first born. The creature has a child-like nature about him that craves love, care and attention. This shows Victor to be prejudiced through the use of horrific language to describe his own creation.
It is human nature to deem the unnatural and irregular as immoral, as articulated in the declaration, “Humans use language, their visual and verbal constructions of reality, to name or image the human and the nonhuman and thus to fix the boundaries between us and them” (Mellor 124). Through continually demoralizing the creature by considering him evil, the characters in the novel ultimately cause the creature to behave monstrously. The reader never essentially gets to meet the creature, but the reader formulates an impression of the creature in his/her head, centered on the creature’s physical descriptions, and by reading about the creatures environment, and by the circumstances under which the readers get acquainted with the
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the author presents her thoughts and impressions of society. Shelley portrays the defects of society, arguing that society sees only physical appearance rather than adhering to what is truly important in a human being’s character. Shelley supports the following argument by revealing the creature whose form is extremely monstrous and unfamiliar to society, but who he is also just as human as Victor and Elizabeth. Shelley conveys the importance of appearance in society; The effect of monstrosity thus plays a major part in Frankenstein. Shelley presents a situation where society is ignorant about the unfamiliar, different, and is also unwilling to accept and embrace the unusual.
When Shelly is trying to put out the problems of the Enlightenment such as individual’s to know things that are unknown, Victor takes the spotlight when he is messing with life and death. By showing that everyone has some evil in them it shows that some parts of the Enlightenment could be used against people. The collapse of the Enlightenment thinkers was on the verge when people continued to have reasoning for things weather they were right or wrong. I see this novel as a human and a monster who just both want to be loved in the wrong