What qualifies a creature to be a monster? When the movie Frankenstein came out, monsters were usually big and scary animals that terrified everyone that walked in their path. They were creatures that generally behaved monstrously, doing things that were against society norms and had no consideration for the safety of others. Perhaps looking beyond the physical appearance of a “monster” and just looking at their actions one might see Dr. Frankenstein as a monster himself.
Frankenstein was a story about a man who created an individual which led his life to failure and death, because of his desire to play which nature, and attempting the role of God. The movie Frankenstein explores the consequences of what happens when man tries to play God and chases his ambition blindly. Victor Frankenstein became very involved in his work to create a being out of dead body parts. The doctor had the desire to achieve something that no scientist has ever done before: to give life to a being through science, not human nature. With this pursuit of knowledge, not only did Victor isolate himself from society but also from those who loved him, such as his fianc ” ee Elizabeth and his father. However, it is with this knowledge and ambition, that winds up destroying him and those closest to him.
His project he felt would better human kind and possibly make a name for himself, which is ironic because he brought only evil to society and death to his name. Frankenstein is so caught up in his work and his yearning to be remembered for all time that he does not think about what will happen after life is breathed into this being. After his creation comes to life, he refuses to accept his obligation as the creator to his creation. He does not care for it, shelter it, provide it with food or love, nor teaches the creation. When realizing how to actually make his creation work he found out just how evil and strong his “monster” truly was. By bringing this creation to life; a destructive being that he had no control over, he doomed his own life and his intentions.
... ALIENATION: Alienation is spoken of frequently throughout the novel. Felt by both Frankenstein and his creation. The monster ... me nothing? They spurn and hate me. ? Monster (103) THE CRITIQUE OF SOCIETY: Society is extremely judgemental and holds many prejudices ... death? ? I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body? ...
Dr. Frankenstein was blinded by the fact that he was unable to foresee the effects that a creature could never be fully accepted into the human race. He was ultimately haunted by his own creation. Yet is it his monster’s fault that he doesn’t know right from wrong, or is it Dr. Frankenstein’s fault? Frankenstein is called the creator throughout the movie, both because of his relationship with his monster, and to establish a comparison between him and God. He is therefore responsible for his creation and all of the actions that his monster commits.
In the long lived debate between nature verses nurture, Dr. Frankenstein’s creation is a prime example of nature. Frankenstein’s greatest flaws in his attempt to create a being, is that he does not even nurture his creation as a parent would for his own child. Frankenstein himself grew up in a loving family who was still concerned about his actions till the end. Yet Frankenstein decides that he doesn’t like the monster after he had completed it. He rejects the monster, and in turn the monster rejects him.
Frankenstein sees the creature’s physical appearance only, not attempting to look beyond his looks. The monster is treated as though he is an animal and not a living human being, and because of this he is shown no love or affection from his creator and society as a whole. Making the monster feel isolated and hated, causing him to seek vengeance over his creator. The monster therefore becomes Frankenstein’s shadow. Initially, the monster was not filled with the hate and rage that he would exhibit later in the movie.
... or at least the female role in the creation of life. In creating the monster Frankenstein has bypassed the female role, rendering them ... charged with Biblical allusions. Like Adam, the creature has been forsaken by his creator. For him, Frankenstein occupies the position of the Christian ... his isolation, having had it forced upon him through no fault of his own. As their quests for vengeance twist and ...
It was in many ways a helpless baby, only wanting someone to love him and teach him. However, Victor Frankenstein was so afraid of him, as were the townspeople, that he did not get this love or education. The monster was forced to defend himself from the start. Dr.
Frankenstein’s creation was looked at by the village as a feared and hated being. Unfortunately for the monster, he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong. His intentions always seemed right to him, because he was never taught right from wrong. His creator didn’t teach him not to throw children into a river and not to fear fire; these were just his reactions to different situations when he didn’t know what was going on.
The creation kills the little girl, however it is not an act of a monster, it is an act of a creature that has had no guidance and the fault of his killing belongs to Frankenstein. He was the creator and should have been the teacher and a guide as well. If he was taught from the beginning how to act in society, he might have not have been the destructive creature he became. As for Victor, with his fianc ” ee and father waiting for him to come around hoping that this was just a phase, hoping he could get over his work and forget about his creation and all the havoc he had caused. But unfortunately he couldn’t, the monster haunted him and eventually ruined him. What was once a sought after dream, was now a nightmare.
There would be only one solution; to kill the monster. But was the creation really the monster? To the society and Victor he was but to the viewer, he was only a helpless creator who lost his way. Victor Frankenstein shows that experimenting with the work of God or nature is immoral and will only end in corruption. No one can play God.
The movie shows that a person who chases notoriety for his or her own personal intentions may find the consequences of their actions to be truly demoralizing, causing him to become the monster more than his creation. His faults in his creation lead to his demise. Work Cited 1. Shelly, Mary.
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... self-consumption. Victor Frankenstein becomes isolated as he is creating his monster. His laboratory is locked up in his apartment where he works on his creation ... killing spree. One of Victor Frankenstein’s traits that portrayed him as God was his pride. When Victor was creating the monster all he could see ...
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