Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! And, oh! That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!” (M. Shelly, Frankenstein, Chapter 10) Frankenstein’s reasons for creating the monster was that he was so utterly obsessed with life itself he wanted to create a being that would never die out of his mother’s memory so no one else felt his pain, So mainly the reasons for him rejecting the monster is because it was nothing he expected and especially creating it out of his mother’s memory he felt the need to reject
The monster clearly witnesses the human capability of compassion, as Victor shows for Elizabeth and the peasants show for each other, but their decision to not do the same for him further brings the monster to the conclusion that no matter how well he understands society, he will never be accepted as human. In a request to Victor, the monster solemnly realizes, “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create,” (Shelly 129). In asking Victor to create a life partner, the monster dreams of finally finding someone to belong, granting him purpose in life.
From the earliest stages of the novel Frankenstein, I was pressed with one question – “Who is the real monster, Victor Frankenstein, or his horribly mutated creation?” Victor Frankenstein was driven by most selfish ambitions. He discovered the secrets of life and kept them all to himself, an act of greed. And upon finding these secrets, through a hermit lifestyle of isolation and the pursuit of knowledge, he creates what is only to be known as the monster. The monster is a hideous yet intelligent and caring creature whom self-taught himself the language around him, only in order to interact socially with people and to seek approval from his creator. Only after being treated so poorly and outcast by every human he comes in contact with is Frankenstein’s monster driven to rage and vengeance.
However, I feel no more fear toward him now but only pity and sympathy. If he was in front of me, I would hug him and cry together for his tragedy. This novel, Frankenstein, is not the amusing horror story that conveys thrill to the readers all the time, but opaque story that makes reader think more seriously toward the world and themselves. Irresponsible Frankenstein who created the monster and left him behind and the monster which wanted to get harmony with human but
Soumitra Sarkar ENGL 220 Section 62 Instructor: Mikael Awake Frankenstein Research Proposal 04/22/2015 Frankenstein Research Proposal - Human Nature Branching off of the third topic of the research prompt, I’m making a proposal to work on how Shelly has portrayed human nature in Frankenstein. In the novel, Dr. Frankenstein makes a monster from the best body parts and yet others reject that monster along with it’s own creator. The status quo is that humans are naturally accepting and good people. However, in every single instance, the monster in the novel is rejected. Initially the monster seeks to somehow befriend others.
When his experiment comes to life, Frankenstein gets scared, thus giving The Creature all of the power he previously held. Victor continues to avoid and run from his creation, leaving all of the power out of his hands. Furthermore, The Creature confronts Victor and demands that he listen to his story, and later demands that he be given a companion. Here we can see where the thirst for power has been transferred, leaving the original man of power in desolation. Looking at the work as a whole, we see a common idea about paying God by giving life, and the aftermath that comes with it.
The reader's empathy for various characters shifts throughout the novel. First the reader empathises with Victory Frankenstein who is a family man and has good intentions to cure the human race of death. Then the monster narrates, which shows the reader that he is not an evil monster under his horrible appearance but an innocent and childlike creature, this makes the reader empathise with the monster instead of Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein narrates again, during which he loses his family and becomes bitter and sad, these emotions help the reader to empathise once more with Frankenstein. The novel's alternative title is the modern day Prometheus.
He even sees beauty in the rotten corpses that he studies. When Victor creates the monster however, his power reaches its peak and he loses control over himself. Where he once was able to see beauty and goodness, in his family, nature and the corpses, Victor now sees only ugliness. What was once his life’s passion, the creation of the monster, is now evil to Victor. Victor’s immense powers become too much for him to handle, costing him his self-control.
The monster's actions proved to Victor that he was thriving for a female companion. The monster's use of emotion and logic to appeal Frankenstein's sense of responsibility creates a theme of isolation When Victor spends two years creating his monster, he becomes lost in his studies and isolates himself from society. The monster on the other hand becomes resentful because he becomes overwhelmed with rejection and isolation. Those feelings lead to anger and rage and in return he tries to make Victor feel as isolated as possible. In sum, isolation becomes the worst imaginable fate throughout the novel, which leads to violence, rage and disaster.
While the groom is looking for the creature, he gets to Elizabeth, the bride, leaving her “lifeless and inanimate”. When looking upon the crime scene, Victor sees the murderer: “A grin was on the face of the monster; he seemed to jeer, as with his fiendish finder he pointed to the corpse of my wife” (Shelley 174). This evil act is directly caused by the creator’s rash decision to destroy the female and ruin his monster’s life once again. Many people agree that it is “Victor’s inability to see the monster’s own value and not his concern for the world that leads him to leave his “Adam” without a mate. This, of course, drives the monster to kill again” (Lunsford 175).