Throughout the story, Victor Frankenstein’s monster terrorizes almost all of the important supporting characters. All except for Ernest. In fact, by the end of the novel, Ernest is the only one who seems to have benefitted. He is now the sole heir to the Frankenstein fortune, literally everything now belongs to him. Best benefit of all? He no longer has to deal with whiney Victor. It seems odd that one character ended up with so much (even though I’s not stated). Makes you wonder, what was so special about Ernest? Unfortunately, this question really doesn’t have an answer, as all we really know about Ernest is his name and what he is to Victor. All we can really do is speculate. The fact that Ernest was never killed, probably hints to the fact that he was independent of the family, and not often around. Perhaps Ernest was ambitious, working to make his way in the world. Maybe he had a personality of gold, and got all the fortune he deserved as a reward. Or there is a more sinister theory. Perhaps maybe, just maybe Ernest was communicating with the monster. It doesn’t really seem possible at first, but the monster knew where his target would be staying every time, this made the kill easy. While the monster can say simply that he just followed Victor, he was a huge creature and body parts sewn together. How would it be possible for him to be both graceful and an excellent tracker? The monster also knew who to kill, to torture Victor slowly over the edge. That is information that could really only come from an inside source. But why would Ernest do this to Victor? The answer is simple. Revenge. Victor left the house when Ernest was still young, leaving all his responsibilities to young Ernest. He probably spent his childhood never feeling like he was good enough compared to Victor. This checks out, in the book there is not a single character that shows Ernest affection or contacts him, meanwhile every other character that is mentioned receives it at one point or another. Perhaps he was an outcast in his family, maybe seen as a disappointment, and maybe that disappointment drove him to show his family exactly what he was capable of.
As we all know, Victor and Elizabeth have been pretty well betrothed since they were children. They grew up as siblings. Elizabeth owed Victor’s family quite a lot, when you consider the fact that she would have lived in poverty, had the Frankenstein’s not taken her in. As a character, Elizabeth was simple and obedient. While it is possible she was simply a good person, it’s unlikely that’s all there was to Elizabeth. My theory is Elizabeth had a secret, which is why she was so nice to the family. It was out of guilt. They wanted Elizabeth to marry Victor, but Victor left her and couldn’t even be bothered to write. No matter how she may have originally felt, feelings do fade. Especially when communication has died and there are better options around. Henry Clerval for example. This option makes the most sense to me, not only because he is a good guy and they have a lot in common, but also because he is another character that goes out of his way for Victor, even though they had long since stopped talking. I think the reason they were both so good to Victor, might have been the guilt of betraying their childhood friend and less to do with selflessness. Face it, they make a better match then Victor and Elizabeth ever could. After everything that Victor did, if Clerval and Elizabeth were never together during their lifetime, I certainly hope they try it out in the afterlife.
Victor Frankenstein. The man mopes constantly and makes it seem as though the entire world is against him. He goes away to school, and can’t even be bothered to write his family for the years that he spends away. Victor is so absorbed in himself that he doesn’t seem to even care about his family at all anymore. In fact, even when he is reunited with the lot of them, he seems fairly underwhelmed in comparison to the other characters. It is all about Victor and that’s the end of the story. Victor is like that grumpy and attention seeking aunt at Christmas. She doesn’t talk to anyone all year, shows up late and then helps herself to a giant made doggy bag as she leaves early. Like this horrible relative, Victor is self- absorbed, in this case, rather than a doggy bag, he takes everyone’s emotional efforts, and eventually his selfishness takes their lives. That’s not all though, once his family is dead he plays it off as though he really cared, but if that was the case, he would have done something to prevent their distress and deaths. Then after 90% of his family was killed (minus Ernest). Victor goes and cries to anyone within earshot about how hard his life is. He still has a brother left, but proves once again that he just wants attention, and doesn’t really care by chasing the monster. Honestly, I feel terribly sorry for Walter. That poor man was just trying to get rich, and ended up listening to Victor whine. Worse still, is Walter found this fascinating. Perhaps Victor reminded him of his annoying aunt back home, and the home sickness was so intense that he found it comforting somehow. One thing I will say is that Ernest was very lucky, at least he no longer had to deal with Victor’s incessant whining and he survived.