Victor Frankenstein Comparison Essay

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“I, not in deed, but in effect, was the true murder.” words spoken by Victor Frankenstein himself (Shelley 88). Frankenstein was an extremely brilliant man that was constantly amazed by the world of science. His curiosity in turn lead him to the creation of the appalling monster introduced in the tale of Frankenstein. At first glance, Victor is both disgusted and horrified at his work. Later in the story Victor falls ill and is forever haunted by the monster he has brought to life. Victor’s creation led to the mass destruction of his loved ones but as the story plays out, it seems that Victor and his monster are not all that different after all. Victor Frankenstein and his creation are comparable in terms of their loving yet temperamental personalities,…show more content…
Victor was introduced to the later love of his life at a young age, when his mother adopted her into the family. The new member of the family, Elizabeth, was seen as a gift to Victor for him to love and to cherish. Both Elizabeth and Victor’s father showered him with love throughout his childhood, leading to his continued desire for love and family later in life. This need is controlled and fulfilled by Elizabeth as Victor has felt love all of his life, unlike his creation. Victor’s creation was brought up abruptly in a hostile environment as his creator fled in horror at the sight of him. The monster’s first encounter in his life was one of disgust and fear, which is one reason behind his actions later in his life. Frankenstein's monster pointed this out to him, blaming his creator for bringing such a hideous unlovable being to life. The creation told the story of his first encounter as “-but I had hardly placed my foot within the door, before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me…”. (Shelley…show more content…
The monster struggled to obtain love or acceptance from anyone throughout his lifetime, though it is what he craved the most. In response to this disappointment, the monster reverted to threats and brutal behavior. He named Victor as the source of his pain, as he was the creator that brought him into this world only to leave him alone to suffer. In search of his creator for revenge, the monster came across Victor’s younger brother William. After making the connection between the two, the monster first killed William then planted the evidence on Victor’s family friend, Justine; leading to the murder of two of Victor’s close ones. Even after being responsible of two murders, the monster was still suffering and resulted in threatening both the lives of Victor and his soon-to-be wife, Elizabeth. This resulted in the eventual death of Victor’s wife as well. The monster took extreme actions in response to his own difficult upbringing, while Victor took a much less destructive yet cowardly approach. After Victor’s creation of the monster he made a break for the door, running away from his fears and leaving the monster behind. Shelly illustrates this of Victor as she writes “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to
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