Essay The Downfall and Portrayal of Frankenstein's Monster

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Frankenstein’s monster demands that Frankenstein creates him a female companion. Frankenstein agrees to this in the hopes that he will be left in peace. However during creation of the female, and the monster watching him work, it dawns on him the reality of the hideous act he is embarking upon. Overcome by the image of the monster and the idea of creating another like him, Frankenstein destroys his work. The monster is distraught over Frankenstein’s actions and explains the misery he has been through whilst perusing him - he explains that he will make Victor pay if he refuses to create him his female mate. The passage begins with the sentence “The hour of my weakness is past and the period of your power has arrived.” This is an example…show more content…
Due to the power that the female monster could potentially possess, Frankenstein inflicts his male power on the female creature, in his decision to abort his creation, by destroying her. Therefore, in similarity with the other female characters in the book, destroying of the female leads to her complete passivity. There is also an analogy drawn between the monster and the devil in hell manifested in “gnashed his teeth in the impotence of anger” The monster is enraged and here takes on a likeness in temperament to the devil. The monster in anger puts forward a plausible and heart felt argument reasoning “shall each man …find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone?” It is here that the theme of isolation can be detected. Isolation is imposed upon him by Frankenstein, who neglectfully abandons him. The sentence makes us aware of the monster’s longing for companionship and a need for love and affection that Frankenstein deprives him of. It could also be argued that the monsters words and action’s of violence are only a subsequent action of his awareness that he may never experience love as a normal human being. This can also be deduced from the words “I am malicious because I am miserable” spoken by the monster earlier on in the book (P. 119). It is in hindsight in his narrative to Walton that Frankenstein says he feels he had “feelings of affection…requited by detestation and scorn”. This seems an ironic statement as it is clear

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