This new side arouse from desperation and rejection, he was scared, and he could not stand the loneliness. Victor’s did not create a monster. Victor changed the character of the creature, the creature showed more humanity than his creator and now he act as though he looks, like a
Throughout the history of literature, instances will always occur where themes repeat themselves constantly. One of these instances appears in the classic novel Frankenstein, where two characters, whom one would originally classify as opposites, truly possess many similarities to one another. Victor and the Creature share and oddly large amount of similarities between them. One of which being their drive to obtain knowledge, no matter the topic. With Victor, he typically is driven to discover things no one else has. The Creature however, constantly tries to find out how the world works and to find his place in society. Another similarity found in the novel would be the two characters isolation throughout the novel, self-inflicted or forced. For Victor, he always kept to himself,
The characterization of Victor’s creature, the monster, in the movie although somewhat dramatically different from Mary Shelley’s portrayal in the novel Frankenstein also had its similarities. Shelley’s views of the monster were to make him seem like a human being, while the movie made the monster out to be a hideous creation. The creature’s appearance and personality are two aspects that differ between the novel and movie while his intellectual and tender sides were portrayed the same.
In the novel, Victor is raised up by two happy parents in caring and indulgence. He receives a sister, an education, affection, and a wife from his family. However, unlike Victor, the Monster does not have any maternal or paternal figure to care and teach him values. When the Monster first escapes from Victor’s apartment and enters into the forest, he lives like an animal. He eats berries, drinks water from the streams when he gets thirsty, and sleeps in anywhere. These actions illustrate the Monster’s natural impulse for needs of food and shelters.
The monster, enraged by the fact that Victor destroyed his female companion, kills Henry and Elizabeth. These deaths causes Victor to fall deeply into despair; his hatred for the monster and his deep grief grows until it completely controls his personality. Victor’s id took hold of his decisions in the form of revenge. Victor states that, “revenge kept me alive; I dared not die and leave my adversary in being.”(171). His id made the decision that Victor should hunt down the monster and kill him at all costs. Without thinking rationally or about the dangers he rushed after the monster into a land of ice and snow. As he chased after the monster he didn’t think rationally or use his superego and ego. His id had overpowered his two other psychic zones and this caused his personality to be unhealthy and unbalanced.Watson was with Victor on his deathbed and he wrote, “His voice became fainter as he spoke; and at length, exhausted by his efforts he sunk into silence...he pressed my hand feebly, and his eyes closed for ever.”(182). Victor unhealthy psychic zones and the stress he put on his body during his chase lead to his
The creature resembles Victor, “but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance.” Although the monster’s personalities are similar to his, people don’t judge Victor because of his human appearance. The creature is judged because no one looks like him. The creature is a realistic version of Victor, revealing his true identity. Both of them have similar personalities, because of course, Victor wanted his creation similar to him. At the beginning of the novel, they both react to problems the same way. They both have the same perspective of death. “My life will flow quietly away, and in my dying moments, I shall not curse my maker.” They both understand that life is sacred, but the creature specifically knows that he shall not condemn his
My duties towards the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention, because they included a greater proportion of happiness or misery“ ( passage #1, lines, 24-27). Victor, even when he dedicated so much of his life to this, when it succeeds, he leaves it for trash, neglects it. “ When I run over the frightful catalogue of my sins, I cannot believe that I am the same creature whose thoughts were once filled with sublime and transcendent visions of the beauty and the majesty of goodness” ( passage #2, lines 13-16). This shows that the creature sees himself in a different life from when he was mindless and a “monster”. You should care about the similarities and differences between the creature and Victor, because they are so close to the same person. Victor strived for a passion after his mother’s death to cure death. The creatures passion was for love and affection to fall onto him. Both wanted it and didn’t get it. Victor sadly is the bigger monster, because he keep denying the creatures request for a female companion. Victor almost finished the female creature then came to the self realization, that this is bad, even though the creature would leave Victor alone, forever. Therefore, I believe Victor is the true monster of this story,
Andrew McCulloch suggests that Victor “has risen to the physical challenge he set himself, but he is woefully ill equipped to cope with the much greater emotional and spiritual challenges that lie ahead” (#). Because he was so self-centered, Victor failed to relate to the emotions and feelings of other people. He was not prepared for the impacts of creating the monster and showed no responsibility for taking care of the needs of his creation.
Victor feels more threatened and begins to see the monster differently instead of being closer to him like a son, The Monster becomes more of a arch enemy or a villain that is always watching Victor’s work. The Monster felt abandoned and betrayed at first but he later on finds himself to be angry and spiteful. He feels that Victor is intentionally trying to ruin his attempt at happiness by destroying the progress he made with recreating a female monster for The Monster to live with “You have destroyed the work which you began” said The Monster (Shelly
If Victor had stayed around and showed the monster the real world, he might have not have went on to perform violent actions. This portrays Victor as a selfish character and gives more of an insight on his personal life. As a child, Victor is only interested in furthering his own knowledge and not worried about anyone else. He spent much of his time “drawing the picture of [his] early days... when [he] would account to [himself] for the birth of that passion which afterwards ruled [his] destiny” (Shelley 34), or otherwise a magnificent creation that would change his future. When constructing the Monster, he put all of his relatives in the back of his mind, and only focused on his own success and victory. This further explains the theme of being selfless and only doing certain things that will benefit
In the story Frankenstein, both Victor and his creation slowly become very similar in a multitude of ways. Victor begins to become more and more like the creature as they both have a thirst for knowledge that would ultimately cause them both despair, they both had a desire to be around and connect with a family, and they both gain a desire for revenge.
Both Victor and the monster suffer tremendously both physically and emotionally throughout their life. Victor’s physical suffering was brought on by his inability to cope with his tremendous guilt and secret. The monsters physical suffering was due to the abuse inflicted upon him by society’s fear of him. Both also suffered emotionally; they were both alone, Victor due to his secret that caused isolation and his inability to admit and disclose what he had done. The monster suffered emotionally because of his creator’s rejection and society’s inability to get past his grotesque looks and accept him for who he was.
One of these ways is that they are both isolated from society. The monster is isolated because of his physical features. Because he is ugly he is a social outcast. Victor isolates himself twice in the novel, when he is creating his two monsters. The first time he isolates himself because he wanted to create his monster. The second time Victor is isolated he does it willingly, but not for him, to protect his family from the original monster he has created. Wether it is of there own will or not, there is no denying that the monster and Victor are related because they are both isolated from society.