Frankenstein’s Final Breath

Lots has happened in these final chapters that has really tied up the book nicely, and made the read very interesting and action packed. In this blog post I will be talking about my thoughts/opinions on the final chapters of Frankenstein.

One of the biggest realizations that was actually mentioned by Victor in the book was that he thought that he was the real monster. I couldn’t agree more! he says “I called myself the murderer of William”(191) in chapter 21 after Clerval was murdered. Victor has made so many bad decisions that I didn’t feel the slightest bit sad when he died. HE was the one who created the monster, then turned him away which turned him to murder. This reminds me of a quote from my favourite show The Office, where Pam says “When a child gets behind the wheel of a car and runs into a tree, you don’t blame the child…you blame the 30-year old woman who got in the passenger seat and said “drive kid; I trust you.” In this case, Victor is to blame for the monsters mistakes because he keeps ignoring the monsters needs on purpose even though he knows that if he doesn’t make the monster a mate, terrible events will take place and he could lose the people close to him. I too would probably go a little crazy if absolutely no one  would listen to me and when I go to my creator, they disregard my feelings and leave me alone without anyone to talk to. If I were to make a robot that tried to destroy humanity, you, for sure would blame the robot, but not as much as the person who created it. It’s like parents and their children; they are responsible for looking after them and making sure they don’t go haywire and start destroying stuff. Victor was completely responsible for the monster but abandoned him like the terrible person he is. If he couldn’t handle the responsibility of the monster (which he clearly couldn’t considering the outcome), he shouldn’t have created him.

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This image expresses how Victor is just as much as a monster himself as he is human.

Something else which was fully uncovered in the last few chapters is how selfish and untrustworthy Victor was. He made a promise to the monster that he would make him a mate, which was the only thing that he really wanted. Victor started to, but ended up letting his selfish side get the best of him and abandoned the project. When I first read this I thought “well at least he tried”, but after some more criticism I decided that trying doesn’t cut it. The monster asked for only one thing, but Victor decided that this was less important than his own happenings. Imagine having only one friend to talk to and help you through life, but instead of following through with his promises he does his own thing, leaving you in the dust to fend for yourself. This would definitely piss me off and I completely understand the rage that must have been flowing through the monsters veins in this situation. I too have had people promise me things that ended up never happening or that we started but never finished. This always gets me upset and leaves me feeling that I shouldn’t trust that person anymore. The monster completely lost trust and hope when Victor broke his promise. After all that the monster went through, trying to figure out how to survive, trying to make friends or even have someone who would look at him without running away, he doesn’t deserve what happened to him. After this happened, the monster then went on to seek revenge on Victor, which is completely understandable. Victor, throughout the whole book, was a selfish little brat who didn’t care about what outcomes would happen when he did stuff. Victor brought all of this on himself and has nobody else to blame but himself. Maybe if he didn’t keep the secret of how the monster was really the killer, he wouldn’t have ended up in such a devastating situation.

One little secret let everything in the book turn upside down. Victor had a normal life before creating the monster, but when he created it, he kept it a secret, which in short, led to everyone’s death. He first kept it from his family when Justine was killed earlier in the book, and still kept it when Elizibeth’s life was in danger during their wedding night. Its kind of funny how one little secret can ruin a person’s life by giving them a bad reputation, or in this case, being ignorant of the truth. I have had people keep secrets from me in which the person was trying to protect me, but ended up making the situation worse by leaving me out of the loop. I can’t imagine having someone withhold information from me that could save my life. If I were to find out that someone did do that, I would be more mad that they kept it from me than if they were to tell me when they first had the chance. I could understand if it was small and wouldn’t really matter, but when it comes to life or death, I would get pretty agitated. Because of this, I blame Victor for everything in this book. He had so many opportunities to tell people about the danger they were in, but he chose not to. Because of this “little” secret, everyone had to suffer without knowing what was going on or why it was happening. I’m actually glad that Victor suffered in the end of the book before he died because he one hundred percent deserved it. This was an easily avoidable situation, and was completely unforgivable. Victor chose the wrong way out of his mistakes.

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This photo shows the black and white horror behind secrets.

 

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

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Making a Monster

The monster in Frankenstein is very misunderstood and was practically driven to the point of anger. In this post, I will be talking about some problems that he faced after being created.

People need other people in their life to keep them sane. This is what was wrong with the monster. He was alone. He made several attempts to interact with other humans and feel included, but they all failed miserably. The biggest failure that he faced was with the family in the cabin. After supplying them with lots of firewood so that they had more free time to get their life together, they rejected and hit him once they found him inside of their home. Imagine trying to do a good deed for a poor family who, in return, throws you out of their house when you try to confront them. Looks can be deceiving. Even though someone may “look weird” or “talk funny” doesn’t mean that they aren’t kind, compassionate people who would be willing to help you fight your battle as long as you accept them for who they are. Once you deprive a person of social interaction, they start to go mad and get trapped with their thoughts. The monster just wanted to find some friends that he could talk to and trust, but was turned away every time he tried, which led to his gradual breaking point when he found Victor’s brother and killed him to get back at Victor for abandoning him. I too would feel a degree of anger if my creator abandoned me and left me to fend for myself in a world full of problems and could easily turn to rage if people didn’t accept me because of my appearance. I definitely understand where the monster is coming from with his action, but I don’t think killing someone will make it better, or get rid of the problem. If anything, he has just created a bigger problem.

After hearing the monsters perspective, I feel kind of bad for him and would be devastated to be in his situation. I dislike being alone, and being in the monsters shoes would terrify me. Having people around me or even listening to people talk while I’m doing my homework comforts me and brings me a sense of security. Without that security, I tend to feel uncomfortable and know that something is missing. The monster definitely feels as though he has a hole in his life because he says in the book “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me” (155). Something else that uneased me was how Victor abandoned the monster. He hated everything about the monster when HE was the one who created it, and as soon as he brought it to life and saw it look around, he abandoned the poor innocent creation left to figure everything out for himself in a desolate world. I have been ditched before by friends on a ski trip in a city that I wasn’t familiar with so I understand how the monster would feel in such a confusing situation. Imagine waking up in some strange room with no comprehension of what anything is, where anything is, and what you’re supposed to do. You would be terrified, wouldn’t you? I certainly would, and feel empathy for the monster even though he made some bad decisions.

Something that the monster and the family in the cabin had in common was that they were both outsiders secluded from society, which has taken away the confidence of the monster. The people that the monster has encountered have all been petrified of him and thought that he was some evil villain trying to destroy all of humanity, but in reality, he just wanted to make some friends who could guide him through life like Victor was supposed to do. Lets pause this thought and look at the person who created all of this madness. Victor Frankenstein. If he were to have stayed with the monster, looked after it, and taught it how to function normally, Victor’s brother would still be alive, and Justine, the servant, wouldn’t have been accused then killed for a murder that she didn’t commit and that could have easily been avoided if Victor would have looked after his responsibility (the monster). In conclusion, I feel bad for the monster and the poor decisions that he made but he didn’t know any better than to try to interact with people who found him revolting, but I am kind of disappointed that he turned to a violent solution to his problem instead of a calm, collective solution.

These are my thoughts on the second part of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Deeper Look Into The Grave

This blog is dedicated to my thoughts and opinions on the novel “Frankenstein” by Marry Shelley. I will be discussing different relationships between characters, picking out important characters and explaining their significance, and much more.

The first thing that really jumped out at me while reading the book was the solid family and friend relationships there are between Victor and his family. Alphonse (Victor’s dad) wrote letters to him while he was away in Ingolstadt quite frequently then fell ill when Victor was sick and didn’t return his messages. My parents also start to worry if I go somewhere and don’t text to say that I have arrived safely, but this is just a parental instinct. Most parents want to know that their kids are safe and start to panic and turn themselves ill when they are left without validation that they are alright. Another thing that I noticed in the book is that victor’s friend Clerval dedicates months of his life to tend to Victor who fell ill. That takes a strong friendship and a lot of dedication to look after a friend. I have a few close friends that I hang out with very often but I would not take months out of my own life to take care of them and nurse them back to health. At this point, I would have to quit my job, shut out my family, sell my vehicle for food money, and focus on keeping my friend on track for a full recovery. Because of this, I have a lot of respect for Clerval and can tell that he is a very good friend, and a selfless person.

One person that we should be recognizing as a hero is Victor’s mom Caroline. Not only did she rescue Elizabeth from poverty , she also sacrificed her life to take care of her when she got scarlet fever. I don’t think I could just go out into another country, find some kid living in unsavory conditions, then bring them back to my home and into my family especially in a time where adopting a child was usually kept a secret. I don’t mind helping people with small tasks but taking care of a kid who has a deadly illness is a whole other ballgame. It even says in the book “many arguments had been urged to persuade my mother to refrain from attending upon her”(42). This shows that she was warned about the consequences that could take place if she didn’t leave Elizabeth alone, but she disregarded these orders and ended up ultimately killing herself. This shows the amount of love that Caroline had for Elizabeth and that she would literally risk her life to protect her illigetiment daughter.

The first thing I haven’t liked about the book so far is that this so called “novel of tense and steadily mounting horror”  hasn’t had any real descriptive horror language that has caught my attention or given me chills YET. I really hope that it gets better throughout the book since descriptive horror language literally makes the book a horror novel. Another thing that I found confusing at first were the letters at the beginning of the book that came before the main story. I have since made the connection that the first person that the crew on the boat had seen was the monster and that the half dead guy brought aboard was Victor, but you really have to be into the book and be able to make connections to understand this style of writing. Lastly, I dislike the quick brush overs on important events in the book so far. For example, when Elizabeth gets scarlet fever, then passes it to his mom where she then dies from it, was all covered on the same page and wasn’t explained as thoroughly as I expected. The book has a good storyline, but I do expect a little more detail, and more descriptive language from this book.

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