The monster is actually the one who is majorly betrayed, he may look like a hideous dangerous monster on the outside but, not one within himself. From the beginning of the novel, Victor betrays the monster, and this betrayal is seen on many levels throughout the novel. The tragic figure in Mary Shelley’s
To the society and Victor he was but to the viewer, he was only a helpless creator who lost his way. Victor Frankenstein shows that experimenting with the work of God or nature is immoral and will only end in corruption. No one can play God. The movie shows that a person who chases notoriety for his or her own personal intentions may find the consequences of their actions to be truly demoralizing, causing him to become the monster more than his creation. His faults in his creation lead to his demise.
Their relationship is a tumultuous one, mainly due to the fact that Frankenstein created the Monster out of a wish to be some sort of god and be able to play with the balance of life and death. Afterwards, he comes to deeply regret his action and abandons the Monster by throwing him out into the world without any education or guidance. Because of this, throughout the book, the Monster harbors resentment towards Frankenstein and dedicates his life to make Frankenstein’s a living hell. Out of the many horrible things that the Monster did to achieve this goal, the main evil action I will be focusing on is the murder of William, Frankenstein’s younger brother and the framing of his nanny for the murder. 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.
Frankenstein is a novel that is defined by its distortion of humanity. Mary Shelley’s objective is to expose how horrible humans can be to each other. In her eyes the monster represented the cruelty of mankind. Not all humans in the novel were cruel, but Victor was the creator and the monster was part of him. The parable of Frankenstein is that in seeking to represent himself, he created a monster which is a depiction of how he truly feels about humanity.
The monster did his part to do this but Victor did not. This ultimately led the monster for feeling terrible about what he had done, and he even wanted to makeup for his actions but killing himself. This was basically the monster taking the high road because he did not want to cause anymore pain and felt it was the right thing to
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).
`Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?’” (Shelley 111). The monster is shocked that his sole purpose was to bring glory to Frankenstein, but now his creator considers him to be a regretful mistake. Like being abandoned by a parent, he is filled with rage and dejection after hearing how his creator wishes to have nothing to do with him. After hearing it was a “hateful day” when he “received life,” the monster goes on to question his worth and reason for existing.
He died miserable because of his pride; one could say he is selfish because when creating the creature he did not think of the benefit of others. Victor Frankenstein serves as an instrument of suffering of others and contributes to the tragic vision as a whole in this novel. He hurts those surrounding him by his selfish character and his own creation plots against his master due to the lack of happiness and love. The audience should learn from Frankenstein’s tragic life and character to always remain humble. We should never try to take superiority that is not granted to us because like victor we shall suffer and perish.
Victor’s loneliness leaves him devoid of purpose and determination, a shell of a human whose essence has been entirely obliterated. Even so, if Victor had not created this unnecessary monster, his family and friends would not have been strangled by his creation. By creating this wretched being, Victor fabricates his own downfall and forces his own seclusion in Frankenstein. To conclude, in Frankenstein, the theme of creation and destruction is portrayed and shapes both Victor and the monster. Due to Victor’s and humanity’s hatred and abandonment of the being, the creation strangles Victor’s brother, best friend, and wife.
Victor Frankenstein views his creation as a disgrace to society and believes that it was born evil. Right when the monster was created, Victor couldn’t bare to see his face and what he had made. The evidence of his violence can be seen when he kills William, Henry, and Elizabeth. During his death, the monster says “...this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him” (Shelley 122). The monster is exhibited exploding in a burst of anger and killing an innocent sibling of Victor.