Hello, and good afternoon this blog I will be talking about chapters 17-24 and the point of views and characters of the book.
In the concluding chapters of the book we readers see the aftermath of Victor’s actions. In these chapters Victor decides that he is not going to bring another monster into the world to torment and make more damage of his life. In making this decision he angers the creature and the creature makes sure that he makes Victors life hell just like the creatures life has been. For example, “I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats: but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest” (Shelley 147). As of this point Victor is realizing what his actions have brought and will bring in the future if he creates another monster. If Frankenstein had taken responsibility sooner and actually loved the creature then none of this would’ve happened. Shelley makes this ending to show that when you don’t take responsibility for your actions they come around to hurt you because in the end the creature kills Victors entire family, all because he wasn’t loved and needed a companion. In the end we see Walton again, and we finally understand why Walton comes into play. He is like another Victor, so Victor wants to make sure that Walton doesn’t make the same mistakes he’s made. Overall this book has expressed the concept that when you continue to ignore your bad actions, they continue to build up until there’s nothing left.
Individuals can change society through responsible scientific advancements and decisions. In chapter 20 Victor comes to the conclusion that making a mate for his creature would be a bad idea. Victor states “she, who in all probability was to become a thinking and reasoning animal…she also might turn in disgust from him…she might quit him, and he be again alone (Shelley147).” This quote shows Victor thinking about the consequences that may arise from his actions. Unlike when creating the first monster, Victor is now taking society and other human life into consideration. Knowing what it is like to lose people you love, we can see a transformation in the way Victor thinks. Victor is saving lives of future generations but while doing this, he is also breaking his promise to his creature. The consequences that Victor faces for breaking his promise is that now he is living the same life the creature is living, he is alone and miserable. This is proven when Victor states “I lost sensation, and chains and darkness were the only objects that pressed upon me…found myself in a dungeon… I gained clear conception of my miseries and situation…that he called me mad (Shelley 157).” On top of all that is happening, his biggest fear came to life, people were calling him mad for his actions. I believe Victor’s decision was very well thought through and his ending was already destined for him when he decided to create the first monster. If he had created a mate for his creature, I do believe more destruction who have occurred, so I guess you can say he took one for the team.
Overall I thought this book was a very foreseeable and Victor got what he dissevered so if you disagree or have comments on my opinion please leave a comment. Thanks!!
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