Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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Is Frankenstein a man, whose ambition led to a disaster; or a monster, which created a life with disregard for the human race? Frankenstein, in my opinion, was the monster not the life that he had created. Frankenstein never admitted to his family what he had done, never admitted responsibility for his actions. He might as well have killed Elizabeth, William, Justine, and Clerval with his own hand. The so called “Monster” only wanted companionship; he did not want to murder those people. The circumstances forced him to commit murder. Frankenstein was the instigator of those circumstances. To me, Frankenstein and the monster are one and the same. While reading this book the thought that kept occurring to me was that Victor had…show more content…
Does Shelley have the same need? Maybe her lack of friendship led to her writing a book about the loss of it. She certainly knows a lot about the lack of love and companionship that every human being needs. “While his creator, Victor Frankenstein, shrouded himself in secrecy to avoid his fellow students, family and friends, the Monster drifted toward civilization to find comfort and fellow feeling. However much he wanted to have and to be a friend, community was unimaginable.”(Finding Virtue in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) Friendship was not possible. Unfortunately, the human race is very shallow. We tend to judge the appearances of others, rather than getting to know the person inside. A person’s appearance is only the shell in which they live, it never reflects the person they are. Frankenstein’s monster wanted a friend, not judgment. Was Frankenstein mentally unstable? I don’t believe that he was. “I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which would give an air of delirium to a tale otherwise so utterly improbable.”(Frankenstein, Mary Shelley) Frankenstein’s “nervous fever” is his own conscience realizing what he had done. He created a monster! His excitement resulted from the total lack of responsibility that he took in making this monster. If he can understand that he had created the mess he was in, then he was not mentally unstable. Victor’s “delirium” was caused by

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