As the monster is abused by Victor is loses its compassion, and only seeks revenge. Victor, who never had any compassion for his monster, wants to get vengeance for the people who his monster killed. The monster has compassion at first, but the more Frankenstein tries to seek revenge on him, the less compassion he has. Frankenstein was shown compassion all his life because of his loving parents and their money so he does not have any compassion. Both the monster and Victor try to get revenge on each other, but neither succeeds. Overall, Mary Shelley is trying to prove that vengeance can take the place of compassion, but vengeance is pointless.
After being chased out of the cottagers’ house, he is overcome with fury at humanity and his creator. The creature exclaims his desires: “All, save I, were at rest or in enjoyment: I, like the archfiend, bore a hell within me, and finding myself unsympathised with, wished to tear up the trees, spread havoc and destruction around me, and then to have sat down and enjoyed the ruin” (Shelley 138). This demonstrates the creature’s monstrosity because he desires to destroy the joyful lives of others so they must experience the same pain and emptiness humanity has made him feel. The creature first seeks revenge against the De Lacey family by burning their cottage down after the family attacked the creature and fled in fear of him. After this act, the creature turns his vengeance on his creator. The creature displays his hatred toward Frankenstein for leaving him immediately and not providing guidance and protection in this harsh, new world by murdering his family and friends. While seeking his creator, the creature first murders Victor Frankenstein’s youngest brother William and exclaims, “I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him” (Shelley 144). The creature wishes for Victor Frankenstein to suffer taking his own companions away, forcing him to be miserable as well by destroying his personal relationships with others by murdering loved
On his search for Victor he came across the little brother of his creator and kills him. “‘Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy—to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim’…and in a moment he lay dead at my feet” (Shelley, 131). He killed the little boy to force Victor to feel all of the pain that he had felt. He did not show anymore compassion because all he wanted was revenge from Victor and to make him feel the same way that he had felt. The desire for revenge only strengthened as he approached
In Volume 2 of Frankenstein, the Creature’s repeated experiences of rejection unleash the “monster” in him and lead to the destruction of the De Laceys cottage. Through the portrayal of the “monster” inside the Creature, Shelley argues that loneliness caused by lack of human relationships will drive an individual to do harmful actions. Throughout volume 2, the Creature had been secretly living alongside the De Lacey family. He grew attached to them the more he spied. The creature finally decides to reveal himself to the De Laceys. As he does that, the family runs away in fear. After all that happens the creature says “My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time, the feeling of revenge
The Creature is hurt by the family's fear of him and got angry. Then, for revenge, he burned down the house that they used to live in. When the Creature discovers that Victor Frankenstein created and abandoned him, he is also hurt. The pain soon turns to anger and the Creature decides to look for Frankenstein for vengeance. He travels to Scotland to find Frankenstein, but comes upon the young boy first. When the boy tells him that his father is Mr. Frankenstein, but fails to mention that Mr. Frankenstein is not Victor, the creature tells him "Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy--to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim." He then strangles the child. When he enters Frankenstein's family's barn and sees the young woman sick in bed, he decides a great way to cause Frankenstein further grief is to cause this woman to die for his crime. He would do anything to hurt Frankenstein
A villain is truly just a victim whose story has not been told. This is clearly shown in The Creature in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” When the story states, “My organs were indeed harsh, but supple; and although my voice was very unlike the soft music of their tones, yet I pronounced such words as I understood with tolerable ease. It was as the ass and the lap-dog; yet surely the gentle ass whose intentions were affectionate, although his manners were rude, deserved better treatment than blows and execration.” (Shelley, 134). The monster feels that people should judge him on his personality and emotions inside instead of his appearance on the outside. Frankenstein’s creature is truly just a victim of circumstance. No individual is born evil,
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature is portrayed as the antagonist of the story; a murderous scientific experiment gone wrong. At the moment of his creation, he does not posses any negative personality traits, it is only the hideousness of the creature that causes Victor Frankenstein to abandon him. Frankenstein is unable to accept the creature as it is different from himself. The abandonment of the creature by Victor Frankenstein causes the creature to venture out into the world without any knowledge or nurturing to protect him and set him on a righteous path. Frankenstein’s monster encounters many unpleasant and emotionally damaging interactions with society which harden him. The creature craved love and acceptance from a creature
The author has the Creature kill all of those who were close to Frankenstein to reveal the deep seed of revenge in the Creature that was caused by not being loved nor accepted. Once the Creature successfully kills one of Frankenstein’s loved ones, he feels incredibly guilty about it, revealing that he does indeed contain a conscience, even if it has been buried deep inside from his tough past. Every time that he tries to connect with Frankenstein and rectify his actions, Frankenstein pushes him further and further away. This rekindles the Creature’s hate towards Frankenstein, which leads to the death of everyone Frankenstein loves. Still, Shelley reveals that Frankenstein does not understand that the Creature needs love and nurture; he only thinks of himself, leaving the Creature to feel increasingly lonely. The author provides this to be the breaking point for the Creature. The disregard the he feels leads him to a spirit of vengeance. The Creature just wanted to feel loved, and like so many, he never felt it. The abandonment of the Creature formed the Creature into a vengeful
There are more people the creature terminated that was with Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein’s best friend, Henry Clerval was terminated by the creature Victor created. The creature murdered Henry because he was furious at his creator, Victor Frankenstein, for not caring for him. Mr. Frankenstein was avoiding him and neglecting him. The creature tried to talk to him, but that didn't work. The creature tried to warn him, but Victor still didn't listen. Victor is a stubborn, whiny adult who really needs to get over himself; especially when tragic moments happen in life. People get hurt when someone they love dies, but no one wants to feel the excruciating feeling when more than one person they love in their lives dies at once. Three
Beastly, vengeful, and violent - these are the adjectives that often describe evil characters. In Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, Victor’s Creature displays all of these characteristics and yet the reader still sympathizes with Creature and his situation. Through Creature’s violent actions, he manifests his immorality, but some readers are able to justify and forgive his actions because of their emotional involvement in his character. Shelly is successful in humanizing the Creature to readers in a way that makes them sympathetic, despite the fact he commits brutal acts against Victor’s family and innocent people.
creature stood before me, gnarling teeth, sharp enough to slice cleanly through my flesh. Skin, a sickish green, mounted with boils and sores, rough and jagged all over. Claws, double the size of the contorted figure, curled by it's side. The creature hunched over, as it were waiting to pounce any second, or maybe as if I was waiting for it to pounce. Now, I was more curious then frightful. My feet glued to the floor, my heart pounding heavily. I was to be a victim, slaughtered and eaten as the main course yet I still stood. The compelling need, to look the creature in the eye had taken over, and my chin lifted. Our eyes met, and my breath caught in my throat. My stomach churned, not at the sight of the horns that stretched from it's forehead,
In the novel of Frankenstein the creature is considerably looking toward finding something that he feels is missing. Over the course of the creatures journey, it tends to find itself going through the woods in search for something that it feels is needed to be human. As he stumbles upon humans in the forest, he tries to talk to them or communicate with them but fails, and as a result he is hit and bruised do to its different appearance. While it escapes it studies and analysis the way in which humans treat each other, on how they are kind and loving toward one another. The creature is than getting the sense of emotion, feeling the need for someone or attention. This tends to give the creature sense of human characteristic, as it begins to
Revenge is often the motives of either Frankenstein or the monster throughout the novel and is an extremely important driving factor of the plot. Frankenstein seeks vengeance because of the torment inflicted on him when the monster kills his loved ones. This is not only produced by resentment towards the monster, but also love for his family and friends. The monster’s vengeance is based on the isolation he feels. The monster experiences deep sorrow due to his lack of human companionship; he wants to punish Victor for causing him this pain. Despite both character’s actual intentions behind their rage, they mutually seek revenge towards one another, thus making revenge an essential motif in
The monster in Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein is a creature somewhere in between human and non-human being. Through learning and observation, the monster acquires the basic skills to live in the human world. He perceives the world and himself through the view of human, and he develops the emotion and taste similar to human. However, his human identity is constantly rejected by people—even his creator, Doctor Victor Frankenstein refuses to acknowledge him as human and refers to him as “the monster”. Throughout the whole novel, the monster struggles to pursue a human identity yet suffers from the sorrow of failure, which ultimately leads to his hatred and retaliation.
While the monster gains a feeling of hatred and a desire for revenge after he is abandoned and treated pitifully, Frankenstein continuing reinforces the suffering of his creation, and likewise the suffering of himself. Frankenstein is completely to blame for the misery that he endures. Victor creates a being only for his own fulfillment, and afterwards abandons the great responsibility that he bears for it. To make it worse, Frankenstein intentionally ruins the monster 's happiness and gives him the same horrendous treatment that the rest of mankind gives the monster. Victor 's selfish actions cost him his family, bring him to the brink of insanity, and make a terrible creature out of a loving and compassionate being. Victor Frankenstein is a true