At a certain point in time, we all will make mistakes. We take those mistakes, and learn from them, but never avoid them. In the novel Frankenstein, Victor made the big mistake of creating the life of a monster. Instead of owning up to this, what does he do? He shoves it aside and tries to forget what he had done. In my opinion, doing this just made it worse, and only caused trouble for him and more trouble for everyone around him. The monster, now feeling abandoned and unloved, retaliates and threatens Victor. “I shall be with you on your wedding night.”(Shelley 183). The monster tells Victor, meaning if he cant have a mate to love him, Victor can’t marry Elizabeth.
Victor becomes demonized by scientific knowledge. He spends two years away from home to work on his experiment and discovers the secret of life. But knowledge just isn’t enough for Victor. He took this and did the unthinkable. He created life. “But now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.”(Shelley 59). Victor instantly regrets what he had done and, quickly tries to avoid it. The creature, now what once was just an innocent creature, turns into the monster Victor made him out to be. Instantly this backfires on Victor and now his family is in danger. The “monster” threatens victor with the death of his family. “Your hours will pass in dread and misery!”(Shelley 182). So, because Victor was selfish, the monster now promises his family and loved ones deaths, including his own in the end.
So, how far is too far? Well, in my opinion Victor went too far. He decided to try to play god, and instead played the role of a selfish mad scientist whos experiment backfired right back at him. What made his selfishness even worse was, when the monster threatened his family, he still was too stubborn to say anything and continued to keep his creation a secret. To me, this is where Victor went too far. He would rather risk the lives of the ones he loved in order to save his pride.
So, where do you think Victor went too far? Was it when he made his monster or his choices after his experiment? I cant decide for you, but I can influence your decision. Keep up with my blogs so you don’t miss out on all the excitement and shocking facts on the fascinating Frankenstein.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.