Thursday, Nov 29. 2018
The Real Monster
Before reading the book I always associated the name Frankenstein with the so called “Monster” of the story. When reading it I found out I was intensely inaccurate. Now I sit here wondering who the “Monster” is, because the “Monster” is just a nameless creature marginalized as a monster by his creator, the same as the Jewish in WWII, how the ruler Hitler, never gave the Jewish a chance at life and treated them as if they were below him. Which was the most extreme form of genocide known to man and I think the same would have happened if the Victor’s creature ever reproduced. The difference is the creature murdered several people, but it wasn’t entirely It’s fault. Victor must take a lot of the blame for the Creature’s mistakes due to his arrogance. This is what causes Victor to develop into a monster and indirectly murder his family, because of how the creature was rejected and marginalized all he wanted was his creator’s attention, “The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley,56). Victor saying this really shows how his creature never had a chance from the beginning. This plus never being taught right from wrong turns the creature into a “Monster”.
Victor is the real monster and his character is a complete let down. Victor had so much potential, until his mother died, and everything fell out of place. He achieved one of the most Important scientific discoveries ever, but he never thought about the repercussions of creating life and certainly didn’t care for the life he had created. Victor could even have saved Justine’s life knowing that his creature had murdered his brother but would not speak up because he is so self-centered he wouldn’t even let someone close to him ruin his reputation, so he does the evillest thing imaginable just to protect his ego, he just sits by and lets Justine be executed for his mistakes. His actions make the reader infuriated wishing you could jump in Victors place and fix everything.
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Although Victor should be blamed for most of the tragic events that occur during the creature’s rain of terror, it leaves me with the thought of if we grew up without parents or someone to lead us down the right path how long would it take for us to find that path on our own, or would we ever find it? Would we end up like Victor’s creature who kills just for Victor’s attention and must rob for food. Personally, I don’t know if I would even survive, I don’t think I have the mental strength to live on my own or to handle being shunned by society.
Do we really appreciate the people who guide us in life, the ones making the sacrifices necessary so we have a chance to succeed and so we don’t end up like Frankenstein’s creature? Do we ever take the time out of our days to give back to make an impact on somebody else? Maybe if the creature had someone to give him a boost he wouldn’t end up a murderous monster.
Quote of the day
“We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Freedom is like that. It’s like air. When you have it, you don’t notice it.”
“Boris Yeltsin (Author of Midnight Diaries).” Goodreads, Goodreads. Inc, 2018, www.goodreads.com/author/show/19064.Boris_Yeltsin.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Harold Bloom. Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. Signet, 1983.