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
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.