"I now also began to collect the materials necessary for my new creation, and this was like torture..." (Shelley 169). Victor's raw ambition, his search for glory, has left him. His eyes have been opened to see his horrible actions, and what have and could become of his creations. As a result, Victor has realized that he is creating a monster, which could lead to the downfall of mankind. His choice is simple, save his own life or save man.
Victor hopes that Walton finds a lesson when retelling his journey of knowledge that will assist him on his voyage. The retelling of Walton as the first character is crucial because as flashback go into flashbacks the environment becomes sinister. Victor's recounts his feeling of the monster as "breathless horror" as well as having "disgust" and "Unable to endure to the aspect of the being" he had created(56). We know the feeling of Victor through Walton's account of him and what Victor had underwent when his creation came alive. Victor feeling towards the monster are strong with disgust and this is what drives the monster to take revenge over him.
A famous saying I have heard recently states ‘Play God, Pay the Price’; Victor tries to play God and he definitely pays the price by creating a monster who would destroy his whole family. The thought process does not match up with the outcome. Why did Victor think that he could create life, usurping God’s power, and not have room for error (Hunter, J. E.D. and Mary Shelley 302)? Mary Shelley tends to tell us no through her writing.
The monster is the good one in the book but even he seeks knowledge about who he is, and why he is here, but that does not end well and he relies on his destructive nature to find the answers causing both pain and grief on those around him and on himself. The themes of the quest for knowledge and obsession with vengeance are shown in Frankenstein when Victor creates and abandons his monster causing the monster to monster to want to know his purpose causing him to become destructive and Victor to seek revenge for the death of his loved ones. When Victor Frankenstein gets his hands on the books by Cornelius Agrippa, he knows that he has to change the world, and this ambition cause him to lose his loved ones at the hand of his creation. When he is young, he disobeys his father by reading books by Cornelius Agrippa when he is not supposed to. And he does not stop there, because when he returns home, the first thing on his mind is to “...procure the whole works of this author, and afterwards of Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus.” (Shelley 39) As a child, Victor is full of himself and thinks he can change the world.
Victor Frankenstein and the monster were obsessed with the idea of vengeance, to such a large degree that it consumed their lives. Trapped in his own mind, Victor believed that by killing the monster, he would avenge his family’s deaths. Frankenstein rationalized that he was not responsible for the deaths, and he determined that the monster was at fault. Therefore, this prevented him from blaming himself and gave a purpose to a life he had lost all hope for. The ancient mariner was a prisoner of his own conscience because of all of the deaths he was responsible for which now force him to relate his story to whoever seems right.
This is exactly what the creature is if he represents those desires of Victor that cannot be revealed, even to himself. In murdering many people in Victor’s family as well as Clerval, the creature is acting out Victor’s unconscious desire to be free of his family; when Victor is creating the monster, he isolates himself from other human beings and stops responding to his family’s letters (Shelley 36). Up until the creation of the creature, Victor desperately wanted the “glory that would attend the discovery, if [he] could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!” (23). From these intense feelings of wanting to make a mark upon the world by making a huge discovery, springs forth
Both of these characters reveal a passion of discovery and intellect, which Victor has made his past and Walton only his future. Their obsessions of knowledge are mirrored in one another through the journeys they take until their paths cross. Finally, the question of the concluding effect of the conversation between Walton and the creature gives answers to the cause of destruction of the creature. It is human contact that is the secret of life and it was this understanding that caused the monster’s course of action. The most important aspect in Frankenstein’s story given to Walton is the power of knowledge and how potentially dangerous it is.
(Shelley 69) The monster, however, maturely and eloquently urges Victor 's "compassion to be moved" (Shelley69). Because Victor is full of "rage and horror" he wants to destroy his own creation even though victor is playing god in recreation of humanity. They both are to blame due to the fact that Victor created the creature as well as the signs of irresponsibility between the two for the Creature killing people and for Victor trying to recreate
The monster is actually the one who is majorly betrayed, he may look like a hideous dangerous monster on the outside but, not one within himself. From the beginning of the novel, Victor betrays the monster, and this betrayal is seen on many levels throughout the novel. The tragic figure in Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, is truly the instrument of betrayal to his creation of the monster because life should be given naturally not by creation of suffering and horrific which is made by man. The first betrayal of the
He cannot keep his intellect in line with his emotions. The monster, outcast from society, seeks vengeance. "If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear," says the monster to his creator. The monster then promises to work on the destruction of Dr. Frankenstein. In the case, his emotions cloud what is rational.