Causes Of Villain In Frankenstein

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On the face of this gothic novel is a tale about a terrible creature that committed hideous acts against the society. Most readers believe that the monster is the story’s villain Contrary to this, the hidden but true villain is Victor Frankenstein because the fateful events are the repercussions of his reckless and irresponsible behavior. Victor Frankenstein did not directly kill his lovely family. However, he is the only one to blame and only cause of the deathly catastrophe through the monster’s creation, his lack of responsibility for the monster, his isolation from the world resulting in the creature’s freedom to roam about at its pleasure neglected and unattended. Therefore Victor Frankenstein was the root cause of the ruin of his family, his creation and eventually his very own life.
At first, even before the monster’s creation, Frankenstein’s physical and mental health is already in a poor state because of his infatuation with the experiment. “Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree…sometimes I grew alarmed at the wreck I perceived that I had become (Shelly 42.)” This points to Victor as the sole perpetrator in his pain as he seeks knowledge. His physical and mental condition continue to deteriorate as the story
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The agreement is that if Victor creates the mate then the monster will disappear and stop bothering Frankenstein as well as killing people. Victor begins the process but decides to shun the monster’s desires and refuses to finish the project and instead destroys it. The monster witnesses the destruction of its mate which was meant to be its sole source of happiness and retreats with a howl of devilish revenge and despair. The monster feels that this selfish act is another form of betrayal. He thus goes on to murder Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth and close ally as a way to punish his creator who has sentenced him to a life of solitude and
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