The Monster’s Influence on Frankenstein

Welcome readers to my third and final blog in regard to Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. After recently finishing the entire book I am now able to accurately form my opinion on the book overall. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it very interesting how relevant it is today in 2019 despite the fact that it was written in 1818. In this blog I am going to discuss the influence that the monster had on Victor Frankenstein.

Although Frankenstein had an extremely negative influence on the monster, the monster had an extremely negative influence on Frankenstein and the people he loved as well. The monster manipulates, threatens and brings grief upon Victor to only benefit himself. He doesn’t realize that two wrongs don’t make a right because he is unsocialized and how the threats he makes to Victor will affect the rest of their society forever.

In the last third of this novel, I feel as though the monster realized that he was physically stronger than Victor therefore he could manipulate and threaten Victor into doing what he wanted. If Victor chose not to listen to the monster his family would suffer the consequences. He desperately wanted a companion and the only person capable of fulfilling that dream was Victor. He almost manipulated Victor into creating a female companion for him by making him pity him,

“you must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede.” (Shelley 156).

Victor began creating the companion until he thought through all of the possible repercussions of this very important decision “she might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate and delight for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness” (Shelley 179). If he would have created the female monster and both monsters began to reproduce then they could have sent man-kind into extinction. The monster was extremely violent and impactful on society on his own without the help of a mate.

One of the many prevalent and obvious parts of this story is that Victor will not be happy until the monster is happy. However, the monster will never be happy without a female companion which Victor is unwilling to give him given the very negative impact it will have on society. Our moods affect the people closest to us whether we mean to or not , one article read:

“According to lead author Robert Eyre, a doctoral student at the University of Warwick’s Center for Complexity Science, it’s simply a ‘normal empathetic response that we’re all familiar with, and something we recognize by common sense.’ In other words, our friends’ emotions tend to rub off on us—the negative ones included.” (Nelson).

Another doctor concluded:

“Indeed, it is becoming clear that a whole range of phenomena are transmitted through networks of friends in ways that are not entirely understood: happiness and depression, obesity, drinking and smoking habits, ill-health, the inclination to turn out and vote in elections, a taste for certain music or food, a preference for online privacy, even the tendency to attempt or think about suicide. They ripple through networks ‘like pebbles thrown into a pond’, says Nicholas Christakis, a medical sociologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, who has pioneered much of the new work.”  (Bond).

Therefore, given the relationship between these two characters Victor will never be satisfied with his own life because of the monster’s unhappiness and lack of satisfaction. I feel that since this is the case the monster ruined Victor’s life, there is no possible way they can both be happy without hurting innocent people that were not involved in the creation of the monster whatsoever.

              This is a video explaining how your friend’s moods influence your own

Victor is enslaved by his secret of the monster he created; when he decided not to make a companion for the monster, the monster threatened to see him on his wedding night  exclaiming

“It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding-night” (Shelley 182).

By saying this the monster threatens Victor’s family and not Victor himself. The monster instilled a fear in Victor, so he postponed the wedding but did not alert his family of the dangers. After the monster killed Elizabeth, Victor devoted his life to killing the monster and getting his revenge. With each person the monster killed a piece of Victor died with them, eventually killing Victor in the end while he was in

Similarities Between Frankenstein and the Monster search of the monster.

In my opinion Victor should never have created the monster, nothing good came out of his creation. The monster caused him grief, death, fear and illness and no joy or pride. The monster tried to convince him to do things he didn’t want to do and when Victor did not do what he wanted, he was punished severely. The monster influenced Frankenstein’s mood, emotions, family life, health and hobbies very negatively. This story teaches readers a very important lesson which is always think about the potential outcomes before following through with decisions and consider the negative effects and potential consequences your choices can have on yourself and the many people closest to you.

Sources:

Bond, Michael. “How Your Friends' Friends Can Affect Your Mood.” New Scientist. New Scientist, no date. Web. 14 May 2019. www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126881-600-how-your-friends-friends-can-affect-your-mood/.

Heroes, Litmos. YouTube, YouTube, 20 Jan. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_BY0mntzXs.

Nelson, Brooke. “The Scientific Reason Why Your Friends Can Affect Your Mood.” Reader's Digest. Reader's Digest, 27 Sept. 2017. Web. 14 May 2019. www.rd.com/advice/relationships/friends-affect-mood/.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft., and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.



Frankenstein’s Influence on the Monster

Welcome Back Readers!

I have just finished reading the first 16 chapters of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein and would like to share my personal opinion on Victor Frankenstein’s influence on the monster he created.

The influence that Victor Frankenstein had on the monster was a very negative one. Frankenstein created the monster because he was looking for companionship without completely thinking about and considering all of the consequences that could possibly come out of a very important decision like that. The monster was very impressionable when he was first created because he was unsocialized and didn’t understand what was right and wrong.

Frankenstein was the first person the monster met which had a huge impact on his behaviour. Although the monster was much larger than the average male adult he could be compared to a child because of his need for guidance, supervision and parental figures. Frankenstein was extremely rude and short-tempered with the monster calling him names like “the wretch”, “the devil” or “vile insect”. As a result of Frankenstein speaking to the monster this way when he was first created and extremely impressionable, the monsters self-confidence was destroyed and he didn’t think very highly of himself in any area of his life moving forward.

“Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?” (Shelley 140).

Since Frankenstein viewed the monster as hideous that is then how he viewed himself, in turn creating a horrific cycle.

The monster was well-aware of how Frankenstein felt about him and since Frankenstein was the first person he knew, the monster assumed that the the rest of the world thought of him in the same way. I believe this is what made him aggressive in certain situations. A study done by the University of North Carolina concluded that

“Children who are neglected before their second birthday display higher levels of aggressive behaviour between ages 4 and 8, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, published in the journal Pediatrics.” (Science Daily).

Even though the monster is truly not a child and Frankenstein truly isn’t his father but only his creator, proper parenting or someone in a similar role is crucial in the first few years of life. If the monster would’ve known what compassion or love felt like he probably wouldn’t have developed into being as aggressive or vicious as he was, or murder all of those people.

As a result of the hatred that Frankenstein had towards the monster, the monster began to hate him. This hatred for Frankenstein continued to grow and grow until the monster developed the urge to kill Frankensteins family and the people closest to him. The creature displayed heartless tendencies towards innocent people, clearly evident in this excerpt from the novel:

” ‘Hideous monster! Let me go. My papa is a syndic- he is M. Frankenstein- he will punish you. You dare not keep me.’  ‘You belong to my enemy- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.’ ” (Shelley 153).

Frankensteins son did nothing wrong to the monster; one cannot control who their parents are and how their parents treat people especially at such a young age. But the monster wasn’t aware of these situations and didn’t understand that it was not the young child’s fault and that he should not harm him. Frankenstein didn’t teach the monster how to act therefore the monster acted purely on his emotions which was for the most part hatred and mainly for Frankenstein.

The monster felt as though he was being used, which he was in the grand scheme of things because Frankenstein only created him to strengthen his ego. He learned very quickly of how Frankenstein felt about him as he explained

“From you only could I hope for succour, although towards you I felt no sentiment but that of hatred. Unfeeling, heartless creator! You had endowed me with perceptions and passions and then cast me abroad an object for the scorn and horror of mankind.” (Shelley 150).

He quickly realized Frankenstein’s true personality, why he was created, and how mankind viewed him. His eyes were opened to Frankenstein’s selfish act of creating him and how he will be treated by almost everyone for the rest of his life. Knowing that people dislike you can cause some people to act out in hurtful and aggressive ways, which is why in my opinion the monster committed such malicious and vicious acts so far in the book.

Victor Frankenstein truly didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he created the monster, but he could’ve done a wide variety of things to ensure himself success and the best possible outcome. If he would have been more like a father to the monster, teaching him important life skills and teaching him what it feels like to be loved the monster could have became a fully functioning adult. There was a possibility that the monster could have gotten a job, made friends and had a home to himself if Frankenstein wouldn’t of had such a negative impact and influence on him.

Science Daily. “Early Neglect Predicts Aggressive Behavior In Children, Study Shows.” Science Daily, Science Daily, 7 Apr. 2008. Web. 4 May. 2019. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407074531.htm.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft., and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.


 

 

 

Family Influences on Frankenstein

A person is influenced by a wide variety of different factors at all stages of life, whether they’re a newborn baby, a teenager or even a fully developed adult. One of the very first influences on a person is their family and close friends. The members of your immediate family, both parents and siblings are the first people you bond with as a baby and young child. They influence your behaviour, personality, religious beliefs and overall perspective on different aspects of life. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein’s family influenced his values and outlook on life itself in a couple of very different ways. Without the influence his family had on him I feel as though he would have turned out much different.

Frankenstein’s mother Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein was a very generous, loving and caring person. Her and her husband Alphonse were very passionate towards their charity work all throughout Frankenstein’s childhood. I strongly believe that this had a positive influence on Frankenstein as well as Elizabeth and his younger brother William. Adopting Elizabeth from a poor family most likely saved her life as they couldn’t provide the necessities she needed to survive, most people would walk away in that situation and forget about the little girl forever. I think that Frankenstein realized his parent’s generosity and their charity work which made him as family oriented as he is. He spends a lot of time studying and working but he is always there for his family and closest friends when they need help.

As an adult Frankenstein was very grateful for his parents and the way they raised him, which was very evident when he said

“it may be imagined that while during every hour of my infant life I received a lesson of patience, of charity, and of self-control, I was so guided by a silken cord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment to me.” (Shelley 32).

They taught him very important life lessons and skills which made him the man he turned out to be in the first eight chapters of the book. For example, if he did not have the patience that his parents taught him he probably never would have succeeded in making the monster as it took a great deal of trial and error.

Both of Frankenstein’s parents had an extremely hard work ethic and a large amount of self-control. Frankenstein knew this and was quite proud of them, even saying “I am by birth Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic.” (Shelley 29). He always wanted to make his parents proud because he was always so proud of their work growing up. He took their criticism sometimes using it to better himself and other times brushing it aside as he had his own goals in mind. Without the strong work ethic that his parents taught him he wouldn’t have been nearly as successful in Ingolstadt as he has been so far in the book.

Frankenstein was a very smart and academically successful man. Most children whose parents value education and spend time helping their children in their studies become more successful at school. However, this is not always the case one-hundred percent of the time, but it is proven that

“When parents provide an environment in which children can learn and thrive, it promotes an opportunity for kids to excel in academics and/or other activities that rely on the child’s cognitive abilities.” (Sledge).

Frankenstein’s parents provided and promoted a positive home for their children which allowed them to spend time focusing on their studies which wasn’t always common in the era when this book was written. The support provided by Frankenstein’s parents combined with his work ethic allowed him to accomplish the creation of the monster.

In the end, the relationship you have with your family members and their style of parenting influences you in almost everything you do. Children are very impressionable and pick up what everyone around them is doing very quickly. In my opinion the positive relationship that Victor Frankenstein had with his parents and siblings really benefitted him. They shaped the type of character I believe he is after reading the first eight chapters of the book. They taught him life skills and attributes that are evident in the way he acts numerous times through-out the story.

Sources:

Lafortune, Alison. “What Is the Family Impact on Early Childhood Development?” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, No date. Web. 24 April. 2019. www.livestrong.com/article/267910-what-is-the-family-impact-on-early-childhood-development/.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft., and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.

Sledge, Bria. “Why the Role of a Parent Is So Important to a Child's Development.” NC State, No date. Web. 28 April. 2019. www.bevip.org/uncategorized/why-the-role-of-a-parent-is-so-important-to-a-childs-development/.