Central Conflict In Frankenstein

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The central conflict of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein centers around the two main characters of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature he creates. Throughout reading the entire novel, the reader may decide to view either Victor or the Creature as more sympathetic based on their environment, decisions, and actions. The crux of the debate usually centers upon whether or not Victor owes more to humans, his own species, or the Creature, essentially his own large child. Victor owes more to the Creature than any human, because his original abandonment and refusal to accept the Creature at any point leaves him as the more guilty party.
Victor is able to admit responsibility about the creature, but at the same time he feels the need to show that he was not guilty of any harm done. Victor is now alongside Walton on the ship in the Arctic, but he is very ill, and he feels reflective of his whole life story as it is coming to an end.
“During these last days I have been occupied in examining my past conduct; nor do I find it blameable. In a fit of enthusiastic madness I created a rational creature, and was bound towards him, to assure, as far as was in my power, his happiness and well-being. This was my duty; but there was another still paramount to that. My duties towards my fellow-creatures had greater claims to my attention, because they included a greater proportion of happiness or misery.” (Shelley, 216)
At one specific instance, Victor mentions how it was his duty to, “assure, as
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