The Role Of The True Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein At the end of chapter 17 the creature and Victor can be thought of as equals. The creature that Victor created simply wanted a mate to share his life with and was at first granted this and then denied by Victor. So what makes the monster a monster and is Victor the true monster of the story? Some would argue that the creature is and always was the true monster but without Victor’s actions would that be true? Obviously without Victor the creature would have never been created in the first place, Victor is solely responsible for the creature and everything the creature does because of this. Much like a parent is responsible for a child regardless of what that child does. The creature being no more than a child itself thinks the only way to get what he wants is by threatening victor to get him to create a second, female creature. Victor initially agrees but reneges on the deal. This is a cruel and evil thing that victor has done. The monster responds by saying, “Shall each man…find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and be alone? I had feeling of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn” (110). After several more back and forth between the creature and Victor the monster threatens to destroy Victor by destroying those around him. Again this may seem like the creature is the…show more content…
He takes the creatures threat of being with him on his wedding night as a direct threat to him even though the creature has killed others besides victor before. He later chases his creation to ultimately destroy him, the creature which he, by all rights, is 100% responsible for. He says in one passage, “Scoffing devil! Again do I vow vengeance; again do I devote thee, miserable fiend, to torture and death. Never will I give up my search until he or I perish…” (136). Victor seems oblivious to himself being responsible for the
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