Is Frankenstein’s Monster a Victim or a Villain?

Is Frankenstein’s Monster a Victim or a Villain?

Length: 426 words (1.2 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley and is a gothic horror. It is an important book because it tells us about when scientists and doctors started to experiment with bringing back the dead. I will look at arguments for both sides of the question. This is an important question because there is a strong argument for both sides and in a lot of modern films about him he is portrayed as a villain who like nothing more than killing and lightening.
Mary Shelley wrote ‘Frankenstein’ also known as ‘The Modern Prometheus’ in 1818, when she was seventeen. Shelley was born in 1797 and married Percy Bysshe in 1816. Shelley’s husband died in 1822 aged twenty-nine, Shelley died in 1851 aged fifty-four. Shelly was raised by her father, her mother died when she was just ten days old. Her mother was a famous feminist writer and philosopher, her father was an anarchist philosopher, atheist and journalist. Shelley had an excellent education when she was eleven.
Frankenstein describes all the bad things that he doesn’t like about his creation when it first comes to life, ‘yellow skin scarcely covered the work of his muscles’, ‘watery eyes’ and ‘straight black lips’. These things all explain things that most people would consider ugly and unpleasant in a person or creature. Frankenstein also thinks of his creation as a monster and wonders what, he feels is, a terrible thing he has done, ‘rain pattered dismally’ refers to the awful way Frankenstein felt when the creature came to life, Frankenstein felt as though he had done a terrible thing and that what he had created should be destroyed, ‘the wretch, the miserable monster whom I had created’ also refers to the way Frankenstein felt about his creation and what he sees it as. Frankenstein’s Monsters first experiences of life are confusing to him as his vision is blurry and his senses are not very good, almost like an infant, ‘dark, opaque bodies’, ‘oppressive light’, and ‘tormented by hunger and thirst’ all describe what the creature was going through and tells us that he is like a young child, who can’t get food for themselves and is adverse from bright direct light.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Is Frankenstein’s Monster a Victim or a Villain?." 19 May 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay about Frankenstein's Creature is a Victim, NOT A Villain

- Frankenstein's Creature Is A Victim Not A Villain In this essay I aim to discuss the statement "Frankenstein's creature is a victim not a villain" In 1814 Mary Wollestonecraft met Percy shelly, a poet and writer. They ran away together, to escape Mary's family and Percy's pregnant wife, Harriet. Harriet drowned herself and Mary and percy were married two weeks later. "Frankenstein" was started in 1816 and finally published in 1818. From 1815 to 1819 three of mary Shelly's four children died in infancy, these series of deaths may have encouraged shelly to continue writing "Frankenstein"....   [tags: Argumentative Frankenstein Shelley Essays]

Research Papers
1125 words (3.2 pages)

Essay on Frankenstein - Victor is the Villain not Victim

- I believe Frankenstein is a villain in this book. I believe he promotes the idea of evil which is symbolised through creating the creature. He is described as “a creature causing havoc”. The creature is an unwanted person. He has no belonging in this world. He was created, and because of this, he is an outcast because of Victor Frankenstein. The creature is the victim. He is lonely and rejected. Frankenstein is the cause of this. I believe it is wrong to play god. No man should try and create human beings....   [tags: essays research papers]

Research Papers
1368 words (3.9 pages)

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - A Victim of Society Essay

- Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - A Victim of Society The creature Victor Frankenstein describes in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is far from a villain, at least in the traditional sense. This creature is a victim of circumstance, scarred by society, and scorned by its own creator. Contrary to the Christian belief in original sin, I sympathize with the monster's view on life when he states: "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend" (Shelly 78). I disagree with the idea that all men are born sinners, I feel that all men are born pure and clean....   [tags: Frankenstein Essays]

Research Papers
1963 words (5.6 pages)

Essay about Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Monster

- (Celine, I’ll format quotes later) In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor and the monster go through a journey filled with love, betrayal, and ambition. However, there are key differences between the two of them. Victor leads a good life, but has an inner spark within him that leads him to rebel against the normal world and seek glory. The monster starts off with derelict beginnings and simply wishes for the basic needs that every human gets to experience such as love, affection, and friendship....   [tags: The Reader, Love, Emotion, Johnny Arthur]

Research Papers
1635 words (4.7 pages)

Victor is the True Villain of Frankenstein Essay

- At first glance, the monster in Frankenstein is a symbol of evil, whose only desire is to ruin lives. He has been called "A creature that wreaks havoc by destroying innocent lives often without remorse. He can be viewed as the antagonist, the element Victor must overcome to restore balance and tranquility to the world." But after the novel is looked at on different levels, one becomes aware that the creature wasn't responsible for his actions, and was just a victim of circumstance. The real villain of Frankenstein isn't the creature, but rather his creator, Victor....   [tags: Mary Shelley]

Research Papers
1243 words (3.6 pages)

Frankenstein, By Mary Wollstonecraft Essay

- Beginning in the Romantic Period and shifting in popularity across many years until finally finding a place in current times, the supernatural has been a recurring interest among people throughout the ages. As a result, many stories of old have surpassed their contemporary time and reside within the eyes of the people as classics. Such is the case of the story Frankenstein written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In spite of its longevity, it appears many still do not understand the true nature of Frankenstein’s monster—as he is referred throughout the novel....   [tags: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Romanticism]

Research Papers
987 words (2.8 pages)

The Novel ' Frankenstein ' By Mary Shelley Essay

- The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was incredibly fascinating to read as it explored the relationship between the creator Victor Frankenstein and his creature, concepts of guilt and innocence, and of self-awareness. While reading, the audience is able to question whether they should sympathize with Victor Frankenstein, who agonized over self-inflicted guilt, the loss of his family members and friends and acted cruelly to his creation, over the monster that despite all his good intentions was universally hated by everyone he came across and ended up wrongfully taking the life of innocent people....   [tags: Frankenstein, Novel, Science fiction, The Reader]

Research Papers
942 words (2.7 pages)

Essay about Frankenstein, By Mary Shelly

- When the term Frankenstein is said, what comes to mind is the bulky, square headed, green character seen around Halloween. Until watching the array of films and reading the original novel by Mary Shelly, this is all Frankenstein was to me. Reading the origin of this staple character and seeing the film adaptions shows that there is much more to Frankenstein than being a creature for a Holiday. The story of Frankensteins opens many cans of worms in regards to spiritual believes and who the true monster is in this story....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Boris Karloff]

Research Papers
1072 words (3.1 pages)

Essay on Archetypes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

- Virtually all literature contain instinctive trends in the human consciousness to represent certain themes or motifs, these are defined as archetypes. Archetypes can be thought as blueprints or as bundles of psychic energy that influence the manner in which we understand and react to life. There are two different categories of archetypes, the plot archetype and the character archetype. The orphan, martyr, wanderer, warrior, magician, villain, wise child, temptress, rebel, underdog, fool, saint, virgin, wise, old man or woman are all considered to be character archetypes....   [tags: Frankenstein Essays]

Research Papers
1076 words (3.1 pages)

The Real Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Essay

- The Real Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley was born in London on 30 August 1797, the only child of two notable intellects. Her father was the philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was a pioneering feminist, who had died only eight days after Mary's birth. When Shelley wrote the novel Frankenstein, she said that her desire was to 'curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.' This indicates to the reader that the novel should be placed in the gothic genre....   [tags: Papers]

Research Papers
3463 words (9.9 pages)

Frankenstein’s Monster had uneasy first experiences, with people throwing things at him and being chased by an angry mob, for no apparent reason other than being ugly and unpleasant to look at, he is referred to as being a ‘poor, helpless, miserable wretch’ which many people who met him didn’t believe they just assumed that because he looks bad then he is bad.
Return to