At first glance, the monster in Frankenstein is a symbol of evil, who’s only desire into ruin lives. He has been called “A creature that wreaks havoc by destroying innocent lives often without remorse. He can be viewed as the antagonist, the element victor must overcome to restore balance and tranquillity to the world.” But after the novel is looked atone different levels, one becomes aware that the creature wasn’t responsible for his actions, and was just a victim of circumstance. The real villain of Frankenstein, isn’t thecreature, but rather his creator, Victor. As a romantic novel Victor is responsible, because he abandoned his creation. As an archetype novel, Victor is the villain, because he was trying to play god.
Finally, Victor as a Gothic novel, Victor is at fault, because, he and thecreature are two different parts of the same person. If Frankenstein is looked at as a romantic novel, Victor, not the creature, is truly thevillain. When Victor created the creature, he didn’t take responsibility for it. He abandoned it, and left it to fend for itself. It is unfair to bring something into the world, and then not teach it how to survive. The creature was miserable, and just wanted a friend or someone to talk to.
On page 115, the creature said, “Hateful day when I received life! Accursed the creator. Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned fromm e in disgust.” This line shows the agony the monster was in, because of how he looked when he was created which led to even Victor running away from him. If Victor didn’t run, he could have taught the monster and made his life happy. After the creature scared the cottagers away he said, “I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair.
Victor and the monster in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein have a lot of internal conflict happening inside both of their heads. They both are dealing with this sort of half demon and half human side to them. Victor thinks of science as this wonderful thing and puts all of his heart and soul into, not to mention he self thought all that he knows. This all conflicts when he creates the monster, b/c now ...
My protectors had departed and broken the only link that held met the world. For the first time, feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom… .” This isan othe example of how the creature wanted someone to talk to him and be his friend, and that person should have been Victor. Victor is also a villain in a Archetype sense. Victor was trying to play god, when he created the creature, and that is something he shouldn’t have done, because humans can ” t become too powerful, even though they always try. Victor became so obsessed with creating life, that it clouded his judgment, and took up all of his time and energy.
On page 66, just before Justine’s trial, Victor thought to himself, “During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice I suffered living torture. It was to be whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the death of two of my fellow beings.” This line shows two things, first Victor knew that Justine, and William’s death was his fault. Also, he knew that his experiments, shouldn’t have been done, and were against the laws of nature and god. On page 39, Victor says, “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.” This quote shows how Victor wanted to be like a god. He wanted to be admired, and praised as a species creator.
And this want is another reason he was the real villain of Frankenstein. Finally, Victor is the Gothic villain of Frankenstein. In order to see this, Victor and the creature must be viewed as a part of a bigger character, not actually in the novel. Victor and The creature are different parts of the same person. Victor is the conscious part of the greater person, while the creature is the subconscious part.
... him of the death of his youngest brother William. Victor quickly returns home to mourn with his family and Elizabeth. As Victor walks through the ... creature by collecting dead bodies and parts. He works for endless nights until his creature is finally finished. When his creature comes to life Victor ...
When Walton describes Victor he says, “I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness; but there are moments when, if anyone performs an act of kindness towards him, or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equaled.” This description shows Victor at both extremes of the greaterbeing’s personality. He is a man and beast, sensible yet mad, fluent and silent, benevolent and despairing. The creature can also share those characteristics, showing even more how the two characters are the same. Although, Victor doesn’t realize it, he wants William dead. On Elizabeth’s letter to him, she writes, “I must say also a few words to you, my dear cousin, of little darling William. I wish you could see him; he is very tall of his age, with sweet laughing blue eyes, dark eyelashes, and curling hair.
When he smiles, two little dimples appear on each cheek, which are rosy with health.” Victor is jealous of William because of all the attention he gets. Victor thinks of Elizabeth as a mother figure, and want sall of his “mothers” love for himself. The creature suits Victor’s need to get William out ofthe picture, so subconsciously, Victor leaves his notes, including his families location, forthe creature to find. After a while, Victor also needs Elizabeth killed.
This is because the yare supposed to be married, but Victor doesn’t feel comfortable marrying someone who i slike a parent to him. This is best expressed in one of Victor’s dreams, .”.. I was disturbed by the wildest dreams. I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt.
Delighted and surprised, I embraced her, but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel.” Because of this need to have Elizabeth dead, Victor marries her prompting the creature to kill her. So although, Victor isn’t the one actually doing the killing, his subconscious ideas are the things that lead to Elizabeth and William’s death. Although most people assume that in Frankenstein, the creature is the killer, the truth is that it is the converse. Victor is the real killer. He is the killer when the novel is viewed on three different symbolic levels, as a Romantic novel, Archetype novel, or gothic novel. On the romantic level, Victor is the villain because he abandons the creature and leaves it to fend for itself.
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The creature is miserable and just wants a friend, but was abandoned by Victor making it almost impossible. On the Archetype level, Victor is thevillain because he tries to play god. He wants to be worshipped like a god, by creating his own species, and creating life from plain matter. But in doing so, Victor disturbed the natural order of things. Finally, Victor is the villain on the Gothic level. There he is thevillain, because he and the creature are part of a greater being, and Victor’s subconscious wants William and Elizabeth dead, which is why the monster kills them.
Despite the fact that Victor didn’t physically murder anyone, he was the villain of the novel. 338.