To add to this the discovery of Frankenstein’s journal also escalates the creatures loathing for Frankenstein. There are many tipping points for the creature, some of which I have already outlined, that turns him into the evil monster he becomes. Some of these include getting rejected by the De Lacey family, getting shot, and the immediate rejection from society he inevitably receives every time people see his appearance. He is always judged on his looks, mistreated, rejected and maimed by society. We also see how the creature has adapted and developed when he encounters Frankenstein on the sea ice.
Throughout Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein readers are forced to compare and contrast the morality and monstrosity of both Victor Frankenstein and ‘the monster’. In literal terms, behaving monstrously is described as ‘committing actions that are inhumanly or outrageously evil or wrong’. To this end, it could most definitely be argued that both of the main characters in the novel are monstrous at one point or another. Ultimately, the following essay is intent upon exploring whether it is in fact the humans or the monster that act ‘the most monstrously’. Firstly, Shelley depicts Victor Frankenstein as more monstrous than the ‘monster’ through the use of a careful plot structure.
Love, hate, revenge, and murder. All of these themes impact the way a book can be read and will be read. Frankenstein is a novel that is full of devices that constantly make reader question the entire motive for characters. It features dynamic characters, who exhibit their humanity in the most exciting ways. They exhibit humanity, by loving each other, hating the monster, the monster murdering his creator’s friend and loved ones, and Frankenstein path to avenge the loss of his family to the monster.
He is nervous yet scared and disgusted at the out come of his long toil. The author shows this with the quote “with an anxiety that almost amounted to agony”, again this really brings out the gothic image using pain and suffering to make sure the reader realises the full extent of the horror that Frankenstein has unleashed on the quite country around him. When the creature is finally brought to life Frankenstein’s
The role of the monster is deprived in a variety of different ways throughout gothic fiction and images of the monster can be found in writings by the prophetic historian and social commentator Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, both in The French Revolution, 1837, and in his many comments on the growing strength and articulation of the mass of industrial workers and their increasing political demands. The novelist Charles Dickens, 1812-1870, inherited from his reading of Carlyle a strong sense that society was becoming mechanized so that people were beginning to be transformed into a robotic state. In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, 1818, creates a phenomenal creature which makes the reader question humanity and the way people are treated. The monster although uneducated becomes eloquent and brave but is still seen as an outcast due to his grotesque appearance and the fact he has had no parenting. The French Revolution, which began in 1789, resulted in the overthrow of the French monarchy and ultimately helped Napoleon Bonaparte to seize control in 1799.
By the monster killing William, the monster is representing Frankenstein’s evil side in the most malicious way. Victor’s fear of sex is also evident throughout the novel. Upon being told his mother’s last wishes for him to marry Elizabeth he exclaims ‘Alas! To me the idea of an immediate union with my Elizabeth was one of horror and dismay!’ revealing his innermost fears of an intimate sexual relationship. This is also evident in his nightmare in chapter five as he dreams ‘as I
Ridley Scott expresses this in Blade Runner through use of a variety of film techniques, sound imagery and events at the time which relate to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Directly influenced by events around the world, Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott demonstrate the consequences of abusing scientific advancement and the degradation of human values. In chapter 26 of Blade Runner the meeting between Roy and his creator resembles some similarities of that of chapter 5 in Frankenstein as these are chapters which both creators abandon their creations, demonstrating the degradation of human values. Ridley Scott opens this scene with a panoramic shot on the Tyrell Corporation's Head Quarters which manifests to the audience the extremity of Tyrell's power. Roy and Sebastian are rising to the top in an elevator, a symbol of elevation and entry into heaven.
So, Victor Frankenstein was guilty as he created the creature, and left him alone. Victor caused Frankenstein’s monstrous appearance and his appearance resulted in misunderstandings about the creature. The main point is that the guilty one of these misunderstandings, the creature’s appearance and his exclusion from society was Victor Frankenstein, the creator. Particularly by focusing on the given passages 15, 16, and19, I will try to show how far away Victor is from humanity. Before Frankenstein creates the creature, Frankenstein goes graveyards to collect dead body parts with an aim to accomplish his ambition.
Theme of Secrecy If you can keep a secret to yourself, then nobody has to know. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses many themes. The theme of secrecy is present in the novel. Shelley uses the theme of secrecy to depict the secret life Victor has lived while creating the monster. In Shelley’s Frankenstein theme of secrecy is shown through Victor’s entire obsession with creating life, his obsession with destroying the monster, and the monster’s seclusion by its grotesque appearance.
“How do you respond to the view that the monster is Frankenstein’s double, representing the evil side of his character?” In Gothic literature, the double is often used explore the dark and extreme sides of humanity, which often creates a sense of horror and fear of the unknown, which links to Freud’s theory of the uncanny and the darker side of humanity that we both recognise and fear. In Frankenstein, it can be argued that Victor and the creature represent two sides of the same character, not only through their actions and behaviour, but also from a psychoanalytical perspective. Contrastingly, we can also at times see that the monster is in fact good and moral and therefore cannot possibly be Victor’s evil double. Throughout the novel, they are inextricably linked by their isolation and terrible crimes against humanity and morality. However, they also appear to be linked psychologically.