This paper will explain the many ways that the characters lost their innocence throughout the novel. The plot deals with the conflict that is inside Victor Frankenstein, who produces a monstrous creature. Victor is disgusted at the site of the creature he has created. "I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived"(43). After Victor rejects the monster, he meets a family that brings out his sensitive side.
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. Upon deciding this, the Monster decides to go to his hometown and l... ... middle of paper ... ... her beauty but knew that she would reject him as everyone else did, so he went on to frame her anyways. This shows that it was not lack of reflection that caused the Monster to commit this evil act, but the reflection process only served to help him justify why he should go through with the crimes. As he committed the acts, his heart no longer rebelled as it once did and he was overcome with “exultation and hellish triumph” (Shelley, pg. 378).
Later in the story Victor falls ill and is forever haunted by the monster he has brought to life. Victor’s creation led to the mass destruction of his loved ones but as the story plays out, it seems that Victor and his monster are not all that different after all. Victor Frankenstein and his creation are comparable in terms of their loving yet temperamental personalities,
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.
Victor Frankenstein becomes infuriated by the murder of William, causing him to attempt to distance himself from the monster as much as possible. After Frankenstein kills Victor’s bride, Elizabeth, Victor vows for revenge. The question then becomes, who is the villain of the novel? Frankenstein took two innocent lives, but Victor created Frankenstein and seeks to kill him off. The gothic literature principles of hero versus villain as well as suspense become evident throughout Victor and Frankenstein’s power
Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, presents the duality between creation and destruction. The theme of how creation leads to destruction is critical in this book because these two subjects shape the monster in the novel as well as the creator of the monster, Victor Frankenstein. Victor, the main character, creates a wretch in the hope to cure death, which is one of Victor’s biggest fears due to the death of his mother and his strong attachment to her as a child. However, when Victor creates the monster, the monster proceeds to strangle Victor’s youngest brother, best friend, and wife, which also leads to the execution of his family’s servant when the abortion, Victor’s creation, frames her for the homicide of his brother. In this piece,
“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged” -Samuel Johnson. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley , the story is about a Mad scientist who dream was to make dead humans come back to life , after his mother died when he was 17 years old . Consequently , Victor would have not known that his creation of the monster would have been the biggest mistake of his life . The monster starts off being open and understanding but then he soon turns to hate when he is denied by Victor and the De Lacey family .
One part in the novel that displays this is when the monster speaks its true feeling towards victor and talks about how “unfeeling [and] heartless” he was for “[casting] [it] abroad” after giving “It” “perceptions” that the world was a “[passionate]” and understanding place (pg 229). Because of this, the monster went in the world thinking that “it” would be accepted. When he failed to connect to the humans, he automatically blamed Victor for his perils. Like when a parent helps a child with their homework but it ends up being wrong, the child then blames the parent for it. Another example is when the creature murders Victor’s younger brother William.
This shows how his drive for knowledge to be able to create life is damaging his health both mentally and physically. Furthermore, when the monster escapes from Victor’s laboratory it stangles Victor’s brother, William Frankenstein, to death. Victor must now bear the guilt knowing that he is responsible for the death because he created the monster and allowed it to escape. He must also keep the beast a secret from everyone else for fear the he would be held responsible for his brother’s death or they will believe he has gone insane, both of which results in Vict... ... middle of paper ... ...was in the midst of creating the female monster he decided to destroy it which ultimately led to Henry’s, Elizabeth’s, and his own death. Robert Walton also made the decision to continue through the perilous terrain in search of the North Pole and for Victor’s monster.
“Frankenstein” highlights this theme due to the amount of neglect, loneliness, and discrimination the monster faces throughout the book, which ultimately leads to the monster’s killing rampage. The monster desires to not remain an outsider in society. Since the monster remains isolated; he goes on a killing