The Nature Of Evilness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The argument of whether the monster was evil or not is very controversial. Taken into consideration of the neglectment that was bound to the monster, he is often found villainous without being given the chance to prove otherwise. The monster was abandoned so therefore he had no ethical guidance. He also had a moment of self-realization when he was able to distinguish his own moral compass. The monster's desire for companionship brought out his malicious intents. These reasons of acts of evilness are represented in the novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley makes this clear in her writing by expressing the emotions that the monster is going through from the beginning of his life until he takes his life on a new journey and by showing how the monster treated and reacted towards his own personal problems. The creature was an evil being as his murderous nature and extreme…show more content…
This emotional trauma that the monster endured brought bitterness into his life, so naturally he reacted violently from the lack of ethical guidance. The monster did not know how to deal with his anguish when he approached William. The monster had no intention of hurting William until the moment the child revealed that he was related to Frankenstein's, “Hideous monster! let me go. My papa is a Syndic-he is M. Frankenstein-he will punish you” (122). The monster became triggered because of the recognition of the connection of William and Frankenstein. This caused the monster to react impulsively and irrationally, killing William by strangling him. His initial thought after realizing the crime he had just committed was invigorating and he had lack of remorse. The monster exclaimed, “I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph: clapping my hands…” (122). Without an authority figure in his life, his sense of morality is lessened, progressing towards his now pre-determined instinct of being

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