Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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Is Frankenstein a man, whose ambition led to a disaster; or a monster, which created a life with disregard for the human race? Frankenstein, in my opinion, was the monster not the life that he had created. Frankenstein never admitted to his family what he had done, never admitted responsibility for his actions. He might as well have killed Elizabeth, William, Justine, and Clerval with his own hand. The so called “Monster” only wanted companionship; he did not want to murder those people. The circumstances forced him to commit murder. Frankenstein was the instigator of those circumstances. To me, Frankenstein and the monster are one and the same. While reading this book the thought that kept occurring to me was that Victor had multiple personality disorder. Although the book Frankenstein is a work of fiction, does it not suggest that Victor was the one committing these vile acts? The persona of the monster is just his conscience making it easier for Victor to dismiss the atrocious acts that he had committed. Shelley’s reference to “My first thought was to discover what I knew of the murderer and cause instant pursuit to be made. But I paused when I reflected on the story I had to tell.”(Frankenstein, Mary Shelley), showed that Victor had the knowledge that he was the reason William was dead. Frankenstein didn’t need to know about the murderer, because he was the murderer. No Hero in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein cites “He is so self-centered that his lack of interaction and love for others after his experiment has been completed, would barely qualify him as a person, if the difference between being human and being a person lies in the ability to have relationships with others.” This statement suggests to me that he... ... middle of paper ... led himself down the path of destruction. He lost his friend, wife, and brother. He was loved by no one. All those whom he had cared about were dead. His experiment had turned him into a shell of hatred and despair. His focus on his creation, led him to a black hole, from which there was no escape. Frankenstein’s ambition did lead to disaster, but he was also the monster with no regard for human life. Now that Frankenstein was in the afterlife, the monster could now end his own life. His quest was over. He had won the revenge that he sought. He only waited for his creator to die. He choose to end his miserable existence, rather than face life alone and lonely. He was right to blame Frankenstein for his failures; his appearance, the way society accepted him, his need for companionship. The monster was the reflection of the man that the world couldn’t see.

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