Why Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein A Villain?

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Frankenstein Coursework The novel Frankenstein was published in 1818 during Victorian times. Mary Shelley was 18 when she began writing the novel. During the Victorian times was the great Industrial revolution, which changed the world. Advances in industry and science meant that faith was lost in religion and the theory that god created earth in 7 days. It was now believed by scientists that a great explosion “The Big Bang” created life instead. These theories meant that religion and science were constantly clashing, trying to prove what they think is right. This novel supports science in the way that Victor Frankenstein uses electricity to create life. This is one of the reason Mary Shelley published the novel anonymously.…show more content…
For starters, he murdered William Frankenstein, Victor’s brother. Mary Shelley also makes it clear that he is glad of what he has done – “My heart filled with exultation and hellish triumph”. Basically meaning “I became excited and felt that I had beaten him”. Another example is that he attacked the DeLacey’s. He did this because all but one of the family members had constantly showered him in abuse and offensive actions. The next infraction is what some would consider worse than murder itself – framing another person for a murder they did not commit. “Thanks to the lessons of Felix and the sanguinity laws of man, I knew how to work mischief. I bent over her and placed the portrait securely in one of the fold of her dress. She moved again and I fled”. What he did here was put a picture of a woman from a man’s pocket who he had killed, into a sleeping woman’s pocket in hope of making people believe that she committed the…show more content…
Firstly, “all men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! You, my creator, detest and spurn me”. Basically, he is saying that nobody likes the ugly and disfigured, so he must be the most disfigured thing on the planet, and that nobody likes him, even his creator. Another evident quote to show that he does not even have to stir trouble to be picked on is when he was introduced to the DeLacey family; “the family were not entirely happy… I saw no cause for their unhappiness; but I was deeply affected by it”. He was neglected and isolated by most of the DeLacey’s. Finally, a great piece of evidence is when the monster sees his own reflection in a pond; “how I was terrified, when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! I was filled with the bitterest temptations of despondence and mortification”. (Mortification means death/no life, And Despondence has a similar meaning.) this Phrase clearly shows that the monster is not at peace with his looks and feels so ashamed as to be tempted with
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