Parallels Between the Monsters

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Mike Carey once summarized something very profound in one of his novels: “We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves”. This idea, that perhaps one’s biggest fears are simply reflections of themselves, could be applicable to all aspects of life - more specifically, a certain gothic horror novel that was written years ago. The idea of being reflections of one’s own monsters perhaps was first put into words in Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Since the widely-adapted story was written in 1818, there have been constant debates and questions raised about who is protagonist and who is the antagonist in the story, a question Mary Shelley herself may have not been able to answer. Why? The well-educated, put-together scientist Victor Frankenstein and his creature, whose “yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath… (and whose) hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing” are truly mirror images of each other in many instances (Shelley 43). Despite what first impressions may suggest, Frankenstein and his creature are far from polar opposites on the spectrum, and Frankenstein is hardly the usual story of good and evil. Frankenstein and his creature are just as much monsters as one another, and the two share a surprising list of similarities. Throughout the story, both Victor and the creature have a thirst for knowledge - perhaps imprinted upon the creature by Victor. Victor early on in the novel declares that “ was the secrets of heaven and earth that (he) desired to learn”, and he is immediately portrayed as a curious character (Shelley 24). His “...(smite) with the thirst for knowledge” is what provokes him to create the creature in the first place, as he is inspired to... ... middle of paper ... ...their longing for knowledge, family, and vengeance, both of these characters could be argued to be humans or monsters. Around the world, it is widely perceived that that Victor is the creator and the creature his monster (as modern adaptions of the story have made it out to be). However, perhaps the two are not so different. After all, the two both have their hopes and dreams for family and acceptance, and both entertain a dark, sinister side. With the characters so similar that the antagonist and protagonist are practically indistinguishable, the real question is: who is the real monster? Works Cited Carey, Mike, Peter Gross, Chris Chuckry, Jeanne McGee, and Todd Klein. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity. New York: Vertigo, 2010. Print. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Vol. 1. London: Edinburgh, 1831. MSN, 18 Mar. 2010. Web. 9 Mar. 2014.
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