One of the many flaws that Victor displays throughout the novel is revealed when he fails to express love and compassion towards the monster; instead, he demonstrates ignorance and recklessness as a creator the moment he abandons his creation. When he gazes upon the completion of his creation, “breathless horror and disgust fill[s] [his] heart… [and he is] [u]nable to endure the aspect of the being [he] create[s]” (Shelley 67). The frightening appearance of the monster blinds Victor, rendering him unable to feel pity towards his creation and he rejects the creature instead. Even when Victor discovers that the monster is highly intelligent and inhabits real, human sentiments, he still regards it with the utmost malevolence and hatred. Victor
In Frankenstein the creature is constantly being rejected by every human that ever laid eyes on him. The creature has a horrific figure and grotesque appearance causing him to be excluded by all society. The qualities that make us human are at a pretty wide ranged, and definitely define who each individual human is. The creature is lacking not only looks from the human qualities but the way humans communicate and live. The qualities the creature lacks definitely justify his rejection and give him reasons to despise his creator and all humanity.
The novel came to be written when Shelley and her husband were visiting their friends, and a bet was made on who could create the best ‘ghost story’, Mary claimed to have a ‘vision’ which gave her inspiration for the story of Frankenstein. Other stories which Mary would of known during her time writing the novel was the story of Prometheus and the story of Adam and Eve. Prometheus was an ancient Greek demigod who stole fire from Zeus, and gave the fire to mankind. Similarities between Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus are they both created life; Prometheus gave to the fire away to mankind, so the people had new lives, and Frankenstein gave life to the monster. Other similarities are they are both tormented.
Since Victor had abandoned him he was alone in the word with nobody to tell him right from wrong. Victor had dropped his responsibly and had been very irresponsible. Due to the lack of responsibility the monster felt alone and confused. Every time the monster would see a person they wouldn’t even give him a chance to speak or explain himself. They would all flee from him and look at him with evil and disgust in their eyes.
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).
Is this "monster" truly the "wretched devil" (68) Victor believes him to be? Or is he actually a "fallen angel whom [Victor] drove from joy for no misdeed... [and that] misery made a fiend" (69)? The case for the creature being a "hideous monster" (102) is quite strong. He murders young William Frankenstein with his bare hands; afterwards, he frames Justine Moritz for the crime because he "is forever robbed of all that she could give [him, therefore] she shall atone" (103). Victor's best friend, Henry Clerval, is murdered by the creature as well.
All the irony in the tale alludes to the idea of an insane narrator. The writer also provides a number of instances where symbolism is used to emphasize the theme. The heart in the first place symbolizes the narrator’s strong guilt of the crimes he committed. He seemed to hear the heart of the old man beat after he had murdered him beat. This was because of the guilt of murdering the man and the fear of being caught.
In chapter thirteen of Frankenstein, the creature realizes that he was “a monster, a blot upon earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned” since there was “none like him” (Shelley 123). The result of the atrocious appearance given to him by Victor Frankenstein is that the monster is more than dejected in human society. Even his creator, Victor Frankenstein, gasps at the dreadful wretch he created, “Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance” (Shelley 59). Since he was so apparently appalling to the people he stumbled upon, he was entirely repudiated from human society.
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
64-65) Every man in Pauda knew what a shrew she seemed to be and assumed she could never be loved,”You may go to the devil’s dam! Your gifts are so good here’s none will hold you. There! Love is not so great” (I.I. 105-106)”…any man is so very a fool to be married to hell.”(I.I.