In the story whenever Victor feels like he needs to find himself and gain control of himself he goes out into the nature to find motivation inside himself. Victor has a knack for using the nature to his advantage, he uses it to find himself while in the wild, but he also uses it to create the creature. His drive for success became so great that he went to make a creature that would make him very influential in the scientific world once he proved that he could create life with his bare hands. Victor was successful in creating the creature, but once he had created the creature he was disgusted with his creation and all his work became an eminent failure. He then proceeded to abandon the creature because of how hideous it appeared.
He treated it as a monster and by doing so, made it into one. The lack of love and compassion shown for the creature gave it no heart and the willingness to do anything for revenge. It began by killing those close to Victor, his family had been torn apart and he was left with next to nothing. Victor’s anger began to surface and it was evident. Victor thought, “When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation. I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I when there have precipitated him to their base” (Shelley 79). His anger had reached an all time high and he was prepared to do everything in his power to stop and kill his creation. At this moment he had become mortal enemies with his own creation. Victor’s anger and rage had become the emotions of the monster as well. Everything he did, his creation copied. He was the only thing influencing the monster and his influence made the actions of his creation his responsibility. Victor’s emotions were one with the monster and his anger was easily defined. Again, Victor thought, “All was again silent, but his words rang in my ears. I burned with rage to pursue the murderer of my peace and precipitate him into the ocean. I walked up and down my room hastily and perturbed, while my imagination conjured up a thousand images to torment and sting me. Why had I not followed him and closed with him in
This shows Victor even more about the creature and does nothing but make him want to destroy and hate the creature more and more. Victor has a hatred as seen in the novel for the creature from the beginning. One might ask why he is making this creation. He states that his purpose for making the creature is because he wants to make a new race of people. His desire for a new race is not in the right mind though, he is in search of gratitude by making this race. He is craving this sense of thankfulness where he wants people to thank him for making such a great race of creatures. Although, he does not receive this gratitude, he actually recives quite the opposite as people are disgusted by his creature. Throughout the story people such as Victor 's father and his professor go to him and provide him with suggestions and try and help him. Although Victor blatantly brushes them off and acts as he pleases.
He felt betrayed to see the one person he has a connection or relationship with to run in terror. Eventually Victor became sick due to the fear and disgust at the abomination he created. The creature however, left Victors home and came across a village in which he was chased out of. Consistently being chased away or fled from added to the creatures ever-growing rage and hatred. With the monsters inability to communicate and pattern of being fled from, this built up anger causing his destructive behaviour towards others is again rooted to Victor. Yet the years of abandonment are inconceivable to this young, pure-hearted monster.
Due to Victor’s unwillingness to accept him, the creature was unable to conform to societal norms. From the creature’s very first moments, he is feared by others - the instant his eyes open, his creator cries out in terror and runs to his quarters. If only Victor had stayed and attempted to nurture his creation, instead of having “turned from [him] in disgust” (93), the creature may have enjoyed a gentle, upbringing in which he
Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, contains two different, but remarkably similar characters. Victor Frankenstein was a man who desired family and knowledge. He adored science so profoundly that he created a creature out of parts that he gathered from charnel houses and graveyards. The creature and Victor both share the same desires and other similarities. As the novel goes on, the two show just how similar they truly are.
Victor is foolish, as he dedicated half of his life working to create the being, and the second half trying to destroy it. The creature causes Victor’s death, although it was not by the creature’s own hands. The creature drives him to desperation, and it is the creature’s fault that he has nothing and no one to live for in the world. Near the end of his life, Victor gives Walton some final words of advice saying, “Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries" (162). Victor realizes his life has been ruined because of his scientific ambition, and he also acknowledges that the sins of his past will continue to haunt him. In the end, the creature causes Victor’s death just as the creature killed his family and friends; therefore, Victor neglects his health and travels to harsh environments to catch the monster ending in his own demise.
The enormous difference in the way Victor views the creature before and after its completion shows that he has an altered state of mind while he works on it. As a result of Victor’s secrecy about his creation, he sacrifices his health and happiness to make a creature that disgusts him.
The audience can assume that Victor runs to his knowledge and education as his form of a friend. Victor works tirelessly to not only build, but perfect his creature to his liking for two long years. Believing that he has the solution to betterment of humankind, he loses sleep and cuts off all contact with family we see the effects of his madness while building his creation has not only affected him emotionally, but also physically as clearly stated: “Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever,
The monster believed that Victor would accept him, but after he realized that not only did Victor not want to assume his position in the monster’s life, but society also rejected him, it became a transitory thought, and instead became replaced with his bloodthirst towards Victor and his loved ones, which he knew would hurt way worse than just killing him; making him lonely like himself. Both Victor and the monster partook in horrid acts, in which held horrendous actions; the main one being Victor creating the monster in the first place which in result caused the both of them heartbreak, loneliness, and pain. If Victor wouldn’t have created the monster, then his life would not be filled with so much grief and emptiness; Victor is the true monster, although they are both the primal protagonists as much as they are the antagonists because of the display of the emotions they both portray as lamenting humans/monsters, and the power they give to nature in order to destroy one another. Victor used nature to his advantage, although it was wrong; Victor used nature to create and destroy the monster; he used the
Overall, most of Victor’s grievances and difficulties stem from him being unable to recognize that he is the root cause of them and he must be the one to stop them. Throughout the course of this tale many of Victor’s friends, relatives, and loved ones perish either at the hands of the monster or, in one case, due to the monster framing them. Here we can see the second part of the Prometheus legend shining through, because of his insolence Victor was punished for the rest of his days, knowing that the blood of all of his loved ones was on his hands (My Hideous Progeny). Although these deaths can be attributed to the monster, they are still a result of Victor’s selfish and narcissistic actions of trying to play God. Although he begins to recognize that he is at fault, he still does nothing to rectify this, and more people die. When William, Victor’s younger brother, is murdered, Justine is blamed for his death. Although the evidence is circumstantial at best, and victor could have taken responsibility for his creation and told everyone, preventing the death of
The realization of loneliness gave the creature the craving for attention. Which he felt that the only way he could get the attention from Victor, was by killing the one’s that was close to Victor. Since Victor isolation was brought on by himself, he was able to rejoin society. After receiving a letter from his love Elizabeth he return home. Even though Victor faced emotional distress, he was able to return home, unlike the creature who had no one to love and couldn’t be accepted by any humans, and not having no way of escaping from his isolation. The creature need for attention led him of murdering the one’s closet to victor. “ Will revenge my injuries: if I cannot inspired love, I will cause feared, and cheifly towards you my archenemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred”. Murder is the creature way to seek attention from Victor. Eventually, he had killed everyone that was
The monster knows his master and knows that Victor wishes he hadn’t created him and this makes the monster feel terrible about himself. He also knows that Victor feels like he played a hand in every person that his creation murders and the Monster learns to use this to his advantage. He does what he know will hurt his master the most, be kills Victor's friends one by one. This twists Victor and sours his very being. It turns him into a completely different person and killing his creation becomes his goal in life. He went from an energetic and curious young scientists to a old, licentious man bent on killing. The monster felt that he was getting back at his master but probably didn’t fully understand what he was doing by killing. He never had anyone teach him how twisted and evil taking a life is and as a result it was relatively easy for him to nullify a human being. Society had shunning him because of his horrific appearance from the first time they saw him and never looked back. He stands at an intimidating eight feet and is crafted of mangled human corpses, not exactly a common looking being. While he might at looked strange or scary, he had the mind of a very young child what needed guidance. Because of Victor’s guilt, he never gave the monster the teaching that it really needed. This feeds into the cycle and really makes the problem that ends up killing several people and twisting Victor into someone no reasonable person would strive to
He was brought into the world with no one to give him knowledge, support, and guidance. He was completely deserted by his creator. When he tried to make friends, everyone either ran away from him or tried to kill him. Calridge states, “At the time of his first violent act, he is merely seeking fellowship with another human, and he assumes little William, the “beautiful child” so unlike himself, to be too young to have formed prejudices based on appearance. Enraged to the point of murder…” This statement shows how everything the creature feels or does stems back to Victor. If Victor had just accepted and loved his creature for what he was, then he wouldn’t have killed little William or any of Victor’s other loved ones. His rejection and misfortune was not caused by his actions, but rather his appearance, a physical trait that Victor had created and the creature could not change. The creature's problem was that he was “ugly” and “deformed”, but he did not choose to be physically deformed. Victor created him that way. Thus, Victor is ultimately responsible for the creature's rejection.