The Victim of Victor Frankenstein's Persistent Curiosity Essay example

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In Victor Frankenstein’s pursuit to discover “the cause of generation and life”, he creates something that becomes the victim of his self-absorption and irrational manner (Segal). Following some insight on the creation of life, scientist Victor Frankenstein decides to take science into his own hands and create a creature out of human cadavers. It is not until the creature comes to life that Victor ponders the perplexing appearance of the creature that is before him. As Victor looks upon the creature he has created, he wonders “Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence” (Shelley 138). With the recognition that the creature truly looks like a monster, Victor abandons the creature and leaves him to the harsh…show more content…
However, the wickedness of the creature does not dismiss him as a victim because, as the creature states, "Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested" (105). Therefore, although the creature commits malicious acts, he is still considered a victim of Frankenstein’s pursuit for knowledge. In addition, it is as a direct result of the creature "finding myself unsympathesized with, wished to tear up the trees, spread havoc and destruction around me" (138). This proves that the abandonment the creature feels sparks a rather violent fuse within him. Frankenstein's decision to go against creating a female partner for the creature confirms the creature's loneliness and thus his need for affection. The creature claims that the creation of a companion of “the same species” and “the same defects” would make his existence much less miserable. The creature declares, "My virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal. I shall feel the affections of a sensitive being, and become linked to the chain of existence and events, from which I am now excluded" (150). This is the creature’s attempt to attain sympathy from Victor Frankenstein for abandoning him. However, since he previously displayed acts of violence, his request is later denied. This tortures the creature: "Shall each

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