In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there are many similarities that can be drawn between Victor and his creation. Each of them had a great yearning for knowledge that ultimately caused their demise. Victor Frankenstein’s isolation from society is much like the monster he created himself. Ultimately both Victor Frankenstein and his monster feel remorse for what they had done. Though Victor and the creature differ in many ways, these similarities bond the two.
Victor’s desire for knowledge is apparent in the beginning of the novel. He wished to become fully educated in science and became enthralled and engrossed in his learning. The vast amount of his time was spent on his studies, “[Victor] proceeded and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst [Victor] was yet engaged in [his] laboratory” (Shelley 48). In relation to Victor, the creature’s desire for knowledge was just as passionate. The creature wished to learn all he could about mankind. To do this he studied books and observed the interaction between people.
Both Victor and the creature started their life with a love of the world. “I was so guided by a silken cord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment to me” (Shelley 31), proclaims Victor shortly after the start of the story. The creature also expressed his love of everything after he escapes from Victor’s lab. “Soon a gentle light stole over the heavens and gave me a sensation of pleasure” (Shelley 103). But as they both started to gain more knowledge and experience, they both became more isolated. Victor’s isolation is due to his obsession to create life, then his regret for creating the creature. “A weight of remorse crept up in [Victor’s] heart” (Shelley 89). Whereas the creature’s isolation was caused by his rejection by society due to his grotesque looks.
There is also a shared feeling of remorse between Victor and his creature. “Remorse extinguished every hope… and [Victor]...