During the past chapters we were introduced to the Monster that Mr. Frankenstien had created, the Monster seems a little less zombie like or the stereotypical waddle around aimlessly killing people gig, and more like a child, lost, abandoned and scared to an extent.
We see these qualities throughout the Monsters stay at the forest near the De Lacey residence. The Monster observes them and gets firewood for them instead of attacking them. This leads me to believe that the Monster is not the true Antagonist, but rather Victor and the Monster kind of swap the role once we see what the monster is all about. I think that the Monster is more of a “good guy” and the Monster has proven that he can be good even though he is very, VERY different than anyone around him. Obviously the Monster doesn’t want to be the feared creature he was when he encountered the shepherd, or when he entered the De Lacey residence, but the fear of unknown doesn’t help his case as nobody has seen a horrific creature such as himself. The Monster’s ordeal could easily relate to some sorts of racism, obviously he is hated because he’s different this results in him being physically and emotionally abused. The people hate him, scare him off and don’t care for his well being, even though he is as innocent as a child (until he kills out of rage that stemmed from his treatment) and all he wants in life is to be loved and have someone there to be his friend. All this happened thanks to Victor’s ignorance and incompetence.
Now I’ll talk about Victor, to say my rendition on why I believe he is the true villain. As we all know already Victor abandoned his creation and left it to fend for itself, alone, uneducated and lost. Victors control over life and playing god resulted in the death of his brother, which only made his hate of his creation stronger and his self-centered life continue on. He to me is clearly an ego maniac who over obsesses with his reputation as a “scientist”. He should have thought through with the possible outcomes of his experiment so that premature deaths could’ve been avoided. Victor should’ve kept care of his creation and instead of hiding it, he should’ve wrote papers of his creation. Victor could be easily related to most great minds of his time, though their work advanced sciences and other fields people weren’t always on board with the science, fearful of what might happen or the evil that it was. Victor if he truly is a scientist should’ve told the world of his creation, backed it up with evidence why this research could be used for good things in an attempt to advance the world with his discovery. But alas Victor was to lost in his mind that he lost sight of a happy ending and instead suffered himself through the torment of lying to his family and himself about the monster.
– The Kid With The Cab Drivers Hat
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, et al. Frankenstien, or, The Modern Prometheus. Signet Classics, 2013.