October 18 2010
Date Due: October 20 2010
Choose a complex and important character in Frankenstein who might on the basis of the character’s actions alone could be considered evil or immoral. In a well-organized essay, explain both how and why the full presentation of the character makes us react more sympathetically than we otherwise might. Avoid plot summary.
“If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.” Frankenstein, upon confronting his creator, threatens the lives of Victor and his friends stating maliciously that if his wishes are not granted, he will personally feed them to the claws of death. The monster’s unacceptable actions such as murder and blackmail and his spiteful words may portray him as an evil person – or rather, creature; however, the reader can sympathize with him because he was initially a very kind and benevolent person but because no one showed him any form of appreciation, he turned into what everyone physically viewed him as. A Monster.
Killing William, Victor’s younger brother, was just one of Frankenstein’s inexplicable atrocities. When Frankenstein comes across the little boy William, he falsely believes he found himself a friend who will not judge him based on his appearances. However, as soon as he learns that William is related to Victor – his creator – his will to befriend the boy immediately turns into vengeance. He states, “I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.” Although the boy did nothing wrong to him, Frankenstein’s evil will causes him to cause harm to William. He further says “I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet.” The amount of vengeance Frankenstein had toward his creator caused him to kill the poor William, who had nothing to do with Victor’s deeds. Frankenstein also reveals to his creation that “I gazed on my victim, with exultation and hellish triumph … I exclaimed, I too can create desolation.” His devilish action did not cause him to regret but instead, he felt triumph and accomplishment. The creature also adds that “My enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall destroy him.” Frankenstein wanted to do everything in his power to destroy his negligent creator. After the lessons learned from the De Lacey family about “the views of social life,” it can be inferred that he knew that murdering Victor’s brother would hurt him very much. Frankenstein wanted Victor to feel the same hurt he felt when he was rejected by others.
Is Frankenstein the true creator of the monster or is it society that shapes him? The 1818 Gothic novel ‘The Modern Prometheus’ or more famously renowned as ‘Frankenstein’ was written by the British novelist, Mary Shelly (born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin), on the 30th August 1797. Her parents were political philosopher, William Godwin and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary’s mother died 11 days ...
Even after the murdering William, Frankenstein did not end his evil deeds; he went ahead to frame Justine up as the murderer. When he stumbles across Justine asleep in the barn, he admires her beauty; but when he thinks about her reaction towards him when she wakes up, he decides to cause her misery before she can do the same to him.
Usually, thinking about consequences and end results before doing a wrong deed will cause you to refrain from doing it. On the contrary, after realizing how his actions may later affect him negatively, he puts the portrait he found on William in Justine’s pocket so that she would be the culprit after the investigation of William’s death which shows how malevolent he is. The creature even reveals that “the murder I have committed because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, she shall atone.” This implies that Frankenstein wants to frame her because she has everything he wants but cannot receive. Once again, he wants other people to understand his loneliness and misery therefore he shares his misery with each and everybody he meets.
At the time, the Industrial Revolution was occurring and science was being developed. Scientists carried out experiments with electricity, trying to bring frogs back to life. Shelley visited an alchemist’s castle in the Rock of Franks where she was inspired by the alchemy. Two of Shelley’s daughters had died which influenced her to make the novel about life and death. She would relate to ...
Not only does Frankenstein do repulsive things, he says offensive things about himself and verbally wishes harm against his creator. The creature refers to himself as a “fiend,” a “creature,” and a devil while narrating his story to his creator. His experiences with mankind have given him such a negative view of life that he doesn’t see anything good about himself; he only points out the bad and monstrous creature everybody sees. When Frankenstein confronts his creator in the woods, he takes the opportunity to tell him how he feels about being miserable and being the only one of his kind on earth. He does this however by giving Victor an ultimatum founded by evil intentions to destroy Frankenstein and his friends if what he believes would be the source of his happiness is not granted to him.
Despite all evidence which narrows Frankenstein down to a beastly and loathsome creature, the circumstances that drive him into such a hateful person causes the reader to sympathize with him. Like everyone else, he is born into the world with “a heart of gold.” Nevertheless, the experiences undergoes as he becomes familiar with the world changes him into the monster he is now. He is created like no other, with beautiful features but strange appearance all together. His “shriveled complexion,” “straight black lips” and gigantic stature are the physical characteristics which distinguish him from humans. Due to his appearance, he is made an outcast in society, and finds himself very miserable because he is lonely and has nobody to relate to. After he is created, Victor flees from him in fear and disgust, calling him a “catastrophe” and a “wretch.” Every child needs a parent to guide and protect them as they grow up; Frankenstein, however, is made an exception in this case. He is left to roam the world and learn on his own, find food and shelter all by himself. Without any guidance, it is very likely that he becomes a product of his environment. For example, when he sees a girl drown into a lake, he saves her. But when her companion sees him, instead of showing gratitude he curses and flees from him. He tells His Creator, “I was benevolent and good; misery made me fiend,” implying that he was innately a good person, but all the rejection and neglect he received in turn for his benevolence caused him actually become what people saw him as. Frankenstein’s lack of a companion and bliss the world enjoys causes him to “hate those who abhor” him. Conclusively, the reader sympathizes with the monster because it wasn’t his fault he looked like he did, or started doing evil deeds to people. He needed friends to love him and show him happiness, but everybody rejected him which was the cause of his misery. He did to others what was done to him.
"Monster's Point of View" The significance of the reason for existence in the world is a question that boggles the mind of every individual during one time or another in their lives. We all like to believe that we have a purpose in life, and we set goals to achieve such purposes. We might also believe in a creator, a God who wanted us to exist, and showed unconditional love for our mere existence. ...