Relationship between the Monster and his Creator

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In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and the monster are connected in a complex relationship. Frankenstein’s monster is submissive to his creator, Victor, who is the only man with the knowledge of creating another of his kind. On the other hand, Frankenstein is passive to his creation, because physically, it is stronger than he and has the capability of murdering his entire circle of family and friends, and it doesn’t take much effort for him to do so. Their relationship is not marked by a “Super-Hero” pattern. After relating the tragedy of being rejected by Felix’s Family, the creature begs Frankenstein to have mercy on him. The monster asks Frankenstein of a favor: “He continued, ‘You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary from my being. This you alone can do” (130). In this instance, the fiend is putting himself in a position of submissiveness. Through these words the creature is admitting to Victor’s singular intelligence and ability. Victor is the only one capable of creating a female companion for him. The monster believes the female companion is absolutely necessary to his being, therefore the monster is requesting a role of submission and reliance upon the graciousness victor will express. It is also very prevalent while at the same time the creature is submissive to his creator, Victor’s fate lies in the hands of his creature as well. The creature forewarns Victor of what could happen if Victors decides not to comply with the monsters demands: “Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth” (131). The creature realizes that he has power and is currently ... ... middle of paper ... ... completely anti-heroes either. They have both perpetrated evil against one another, and both of the characters have suffered so until it is hard not to express sympathy toward them. Victor comes to conclusion near the end that the real enemy is ambition: “Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent, one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. (200). Ambition drives Frankenstein to create the monster in the first place, and without it the tragic ending could have been avoided completely. Had Victor pursued scientific knowledge like the rest of his colleagues, none of his family would have murdered. As Frankenstein lies on his death bead he has come to the realization that an innocent intention can quickly become a disaster. Works Cited Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. 1818. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.
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