Finally, the doctor incited his own downfall by not assuming any sort of custody over his monster. Through this, he would have been able to escort the creature and alert people not to be aroused. Again, this would have nurtured not only a sense of belonging in the monster's mind, but also allow him to be taught of the world and its workings. Instead, the monster questions his existence, and asks, "Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish he spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?"
Eventually, Victor realizes this self-destructive trait, but he is not able to save himself stating, "I have lost everything, and cannot begin life anew"(Shelley, 16). Although everything in his life that is dear has been lost, Victor is able to convince one in his same position--Robert Walton--to not "lead [his crew] unwillingly to danger"(Shelley, 151). While addressing the concept of characteristic and self-discovery, it is possible to realize that the monster also possesses the characteristics held by both Victor and Walton; except in his learning, the monster is driven to continue to cause destruction. Most important about the thirst for knowledge is that, as a form of human characteristic or downfall, it leads to large, critical pieces of self-discovery. In obtaining these critical pieces, Frankenstein finds satisfaction in j... ... middle of paper ... ...s Frankenstein.
Neither Victor nor his monster have the intention to hurt people, all they are looking for is a companion and someone to appreciate them. Creating this monster that is only looking for love, education, and appreciation is rejected as an equal from society which causes the detrimental effects to Victor’s family. The monster only lashes out because society told him he is inferior for looking different.
It suggests that the whole of Victor Frankenstein, past, present and future, is completely immoral and there are no means of changing this. People are not only of one point of view the whole time; they react differently in different situations and also change with time. People can be regretful one time, then completely fine the next, I think this is what Victor Frankenstein is like throughout the book. If Frankenstein was morally reprehensive as the title suggests, his crime would not be creating the monster as he could have taught him to do great things with his strength and intelligence. I think the crime would be neglecting the creature when he needed him the most.
What is interesting about the way Shelley writes, is the fact that she glazes over the actual birth of the monster. Bringing the character to life was not the goal of the story. How society and how the main character handles the monster is the focus. ENotes assesses Frankenstein in their Critical Evaluation showing how although the monster “develops language skills, emotion, and consciousness, he appears as a grotesque being and is spurned by society because he does not fit any ideal” (eNotes 3). The monster is curious as is the townspeople, but simple inquiry isn’t enough to stop the people from rallying against Frankenstein’s Monster.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein portrays the creature’s motivation to broaden his education in order to be accepted by society. Despite the creature’s good intentions to broaden his education, his physical appearance disallows him to obtain an education, and therefore the only residual is to seek revenge on his creator. Naturally the creature believes that if he is well educated, people will look beyond his hideous appearance and accept him. Through the inspiration the De Laceys give, “ The creature comes to view the De Laceys as superior beings, who would be the arbiters of [his] future destiny” (Shelley 90). Consequently the creature comes to the realization that the De Laceys are the only people who might be able to broaden his education.
Also, his social individualism from the outside world caused him to have no sense of how to treat the creature. The poor treatment that the monster received is the sole reason that he was caused to act the way he did. He says to Victor, "… but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satisfied with the blood of your remaining friends" (Shelley 97). This is a representation of not only the capabilities that the monster had, but what an accomplishment that it was for Victor to create this beast. If the monster were treated properly, it
Frankenstein played God, causing society to view his creature as a monster and as a risk to the public, but Frankenstein did not intend to create the monster as dangerous in nature; society nurtured him to act as a beast. Victor Frankenstein, the main character in Mary Shelley’s novel, is the creator of the monster. When Victor created the monster, he believed he created the monster for the betterment of humankind, but he actually created the monster because he desired to prove to the world that an average human can do Godly acts. The desire to create the monster goes back to Victor’s childhood. As a young kid, Victor’s passions always lied in science and chemistry and in college; he became obsessed with the idea of creating life out of inanimate objects.
Victor became so carried away with his with his experiments that he did not consider that it would be evil to try to play God. “I had deprived myself of rest and health” (51, Shelley). It can be seen here that Victor what very involved In his studies of the reanimation of life, he does not think of the moral issues that might arise from his experiments. It is Victor that controls the technology and knowledge of life, but he insists on creating the monster. Shelley uses public prejudice showing the evil that society creates through the ever changing personality of the monster.
Because he sees his creation as a failure and refuses to accept responsibility for his actions, the monster turns destructive, killing people close to Frankenstein. Although both Rifkin and Shelley's writings stress similar concerns, they differ in certain aspects. One difference between Rifkin and Shelley, is that Rifkin looks at science as being partly a positive contribution to society, involving huge amounts of money (246). He also believes that scientists can continue to use science for a more positive way, if and when... ... middle of paper ... ... Dolly."