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Victor’s Deal, Bogus or Valiant?

During the follow up to the “epic finale” of Frankenstein, the Monster strikes a deal with Victor. ” blah blah get me a female and then i’ll leave humanity alone forever”- Scary Monster Guy. This deal involves Victor having to create another monster which would take months in his busy schedule of sulking and whining so that might be put on the lightning powered back burner. But who cares about that stuff because even if Victor would suck it up, is this deal a truly valiant one to go in the books of happily ever afters? or just another lie told by our “favourite” Swiss Necromancer?

To be honest I had a feeling that Victor would betray the deal he made as it just seems like something Victor would do. As he has lied about quite a lot throughout the book, another lie to wrap the whole thing up would make sense. Though this one was by far the most dramatic as Victor could have got rid of the monster forever, and gone back to a normal life at the cost of breaking a ethical boundary again and creating yet another horror to wander the world and strike fear into the hearts of many. But Victor made a promise, a certain agreement which should never be broken yet he did, he constructed the Creature 2.0 but didn’t want to bring it to life and ended up destroying it ruining the monsters chance at true happiness. This is the bogus part of Victors deal, as a result of his actions the monster still threatens Victor and his family by his presence and all Victor had to do was a quick ZAP!! and POOF! about 80% of his problems were gone.

On the brighter side of the deal, Victor did follow a very slim value of ethics and I think he learned from his previous mistake of bringing the first monster to life as he said many times he didn’t want to create another creature and have his name tarnished in history. Victor didn’t want to create another being who might cause harm  (I think)  as he had already lost friends and family to the monster, and I don’t think Victor fully trusts the monster to go to wherever he wanted to go and leave humanity alone forever he might’ve thought that the monster could just be yearning for a ally to cause more terror and spread a plague of fear to ordinary townsfolk. Lastly I think Victor wanted to mend his last mistake by trying to get back on track, as he gets married to Elizabeth and wants her to have the best life, Victor here sounds like quite a valiant hero, the “good guy” (to an extent) wanting to redo his mistakes and learning from his wrong doings as he sounds like he just wants to go forward with a new mindset, and move on. So all in all, Victors deal kind of balances out in the end as he did what he did for different reasons and in the end Victor didn’t win nor lose and the monster lost his only way to happiness.

 

 

 

  Victor

VS.

The Monster

 

 

 

– A 1930’s Paperboy That Got Conscripted Into A Grade 11 English Class

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, et al. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Signet Classics, 2013.

“Mad Scientist Costume.” Halloween Costumes, Halloween Costumes, www.halloweencostumes.com/mad-scientist-costume.html.

“Big Frank Costume.” Halloween Costumes, Halloween Costumes, www.halloweencostumes.com/big-frank-costume.html.

Who’s More Evil? Monster or Maniac?

         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.

A View of Victors Kooky Vitality.

Victor, has been the main character of the story so far, he’s talked about his family , his life in his younger years and all about his schooling. Victor sounds like he grew up rather normally, he lived in a what sounds like a lovely Swiss Manor with his family. His story gets less of Victor living his life, to a speedy decline in his overall health, he seems to slowly go a little loony, as he obsesses over a the Monster as he laughs in a abnormal manner judging by his conversation when Clerval arrived “observed me (Victor) more attentively, he saw a wildness in my eyes for which he couldn’t account, and my loud, unrestrained, heartless laughter frightened and astonished him” (Shelley 62-63). This proves that Victor’s sanity or mental state in general is turning into the stereotypical ‘mad scientist’. This could be accounted for on his past experiences, such as when his ‘sister’ fell ill and shortly after his mother passed away from an illness as well. At this point you can tell Victor is getting worse as he loved his mother Caroline and when she passed away there was an obvious void inside of him. That is until his sister Elizabeth basically replaces Caroline. Even after that Victor goes full ‘mad scientist’ mode and clearly can’t think very straight. Judging by all these things I think Victor is going to only get worse, and all we get to do is watch as our stories main character turns into a monster himself. Though, even after all this I think there will be a happy ending for Victor as I believe he’ll end up getting help and coming out of this odd stage in his life, going back to doing normal schooling and maybe moving back home to Elizabeth and the rest of his old acquaintances. Possibly the way Victor acts could be the way Mary Shelley acted after her many tragedies, possibly instead of thinking about a monster, talking about limbs or other odd descriptions. Perhaps Shelley thought about these types of things but differently, perhaps this influenced all the deaths of friends and family Victor has to face in the story, maybe Victors insanity and stress comes from Shelley’s own personal feelings. She might’ve had bad thoughts about all the passed away people in her life, which is might be why Victor has a obsession with the subject. Victor may want to bring the monster to life, in an attempt to learn how to bring people back to life to prevent more death in his family, which may be what Shelley wanted to do but was to much of fiction to be true. Hopefully the story will reveal more as we progress, to see if more of Shelley’s tragedies will be obvious with Victor.

– David L. Dickhout

 

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