Essay on The True Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Like most horror stories, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has a wretched monster who terrorizes and kills his victims with ease. However, the story is not as simple as it seems. One increasingly popular view of the true nature of the creature is one of understanding. This sympathetic view is often strengthened by looking at the upbringing of the creature in the harsh world in which he matures much as a child would. With no friends or even a true father, the creature can be said to be a product of society and its negative views and constant rejections of him. Although this popular view serves to lessen the severity of his crimes in most people’s eyes, the fact remains that the creature is in fact a cold-hearted wretch whose vindictive nature …show more content…
I have strangled the innocent as they slept, and grasped to death his throat who never injured me or any other living thing"(155). By eliminating Victor’s friends and family, the monster completes this plan of turning Victor’s life into one similar to his own. Depriving one of their family and friends, something which is done by both Victor and the monster, is a truly horrible deed which makes Victor’s creation a true "monster".

Although the plan itself is truly evil, the way in which the monster carries out this elimination of Victor’s friends and family is also a despicable deed which justifies the name, "monster". Instead of just killing Victor immediately, the monster kills Victor’s friends and family in a calculated way, one which serves to torture Victor. In the true sense of torturing an individual, the subject is kept alive as long as possible in order to experience the maximum amount of pain. Like a torture victim, Victor is kept alive to feel this anguish of having lost his friends and family. This gruesome act is carried out both directly and indirectly by the monster. Besides the simple act of not killing Victor until the end, the monster even goes so far as to feed Victor to keep him alive to experience this maximum amount of pain; "Often, when all was dry, the heavens cloudless, and I was parched by thirst, a slight cloud would bedim the sky,…