Final Paper on Frankenstein In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, one main character, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster. Both characters, Frankenstein and the monster become isolated as a result of this event. Isolation can have outcomes or an impact for the future events in the story. Frankenstein's monster is alienated from the "human" society because of his appearance, and that his creator doesn't want him, which leads the monster to go on a killing spree. Frankenstein's monster is alienated because of his hideous looks which affected others reactions towards him.
Victor’s loneliness leaves him devoid of purpose and determination, a shell of a human whose essence has been entirely obliterated. Even so, if Victor had not created this unnecessary monster, his family and friends would not have been strangled by his creation. By creating this wretched being, Victor fabricates his own downfall and forces his own seclusion in Frankenstein. To conclude, in Frankenstein, the theme of creation and destruction is portrayed and shapes both Victor and the monster. Due to Victor’s and humanity’s hatred and abandonment of the being, the creation strangles Victor’s brother, best friend, and wife.
Loss of Innocence in Frankenstein In the novel "Frankenstein," Victor Frankenstein is the creator of a "monster." Because of his thirst for knowledge, he goes too far and creates a huge monster, which he immediately rejects. This rejection plays a major part in the monster's hatred for humans. The author, Mary Shelley, supports the theme, loss of innocence, through plot, setting and characterization. This paper will explain the many ways that the characters lost their innocence throughout the novel.
As a result, the monster can be described as the epitome of the fact that isolation from family and society leads to a pathway of evil and hatred. The catalyst to evil and hatred is isolation from family and society. Shelley successfully proves this in many instances with different characters. With Walton, she showed how his emotional isolation was letting his excessive ambition get the better of him, which ultimately would have resulted in evil and hatred. She evidently proved with Frankenstein that isolation leads to a terrible fate; that being his monster destroyed his family which resulting in him falling onto the roads of evil and hatred by dedicating his last days to seek revenge against the monster.
Their relationship is a tumultuous one, mainly due to the fact that Frankenstein created the Monster out of a wish to be some sort of god and be able to play with the balance of life and death. Afterwards, he comes to deeply regret his action and abandons the Monster by throwing him out into the world without any education or guidance. Because of this, throughout the book, the Monster harbors resentment towards Frankenstein and dedicates his life to make Frankenstein’s a living hell. Out of the many horrible things that the Monster did to achieve this goal, the main evil action I will be focusing on is the murder of William, Frankenstein’s younger brother and the framing of his nanny for the murder. After being continually rejected by not only his creator, but countless other humans based only on his gruesome appearance, the Monster decides to exact revenge on humankind and especially on Frankenstein for giving life to such a horrible creature as himself.
"A grin was on the force of the monster, he seemed to jeer, as with his fiendish finger pointed towards the corpse of my wife" (Shelley 204). Victor’s life was made miserable after creature killed every person he loved. Creature was also seen as an outsider with a lack of self-identity, which can explain many of his actions. This archetype is shown through the monster because every person rejected him. The monster was excluded because of his appearance and was banished from every place.
Despite their similar circumstances, the monster and Pinkie have differing feelings about companionship and express different levels of guilt, attitudes which reveal that the monster is more pitiable than Pinkie. Tragic family backgrounds propel the monster and Pinkie toward their future evil actions. Because the monster was created from human corpses, his creator views him with disgust. The monster’s deformities “forever barred” him from experiencing the sensations a normal man would enjoy (Shelley 217). This isolation renders the monster incapable of developing proper relationships with man, leaving the monster “miserable” (144).
Although the monster is constructed out of human parts, he is disfigured, “unnaturally hideous,” and deemed society’s “chief object of horror” (Shelley 112). He is instantly labeled as an evil and destructive creature, overshadowing any sort of goodness he may possess. However, the monster is vulnerable and highly sensitive similar to a human baby, but physically continues to be humanity's “chief object of horror.” While the monster reads the journal written by his creator, he is horrified by what he reads: “‘Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. `Accursed creator!
The creature was upset that everyone in the world had rejected him and he wanted Victor to feel the same way so he went on a killing streak and killed off Victor’s family. “The monster came out of his hiding place and put his arms around the child. The boy screamed in terror” (Harris 91). The murder of William gets blamed on Justine, and she later gets hung for it. Victor knows it was the monster, so he feels guilty and decides he must stop the monster’s killing.
This hatred caused the monster to feel awful and run away in despair. Victor Frankenstein felt that he was justified to give up on his creation because it was ugly. This is completely unfair to the Monster because it has not done anything wrong, yet Victor Frankenstein feels he has the right to immediately turn his back on his creation. This is something that is frowned upon in society, but is sometimes the case. If this betrayal had not have happened, the Monsters nature could have been completely different.