The Real Monster Behind Frankenstein


Perspective: A Particular Way of Considering Something

“Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.” Sterling K. Brown

What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you hear Frankenstein… Monster? Scientist? and the eerie atmosphere that Mary Shelley’s writing embodies? As I began to deeply immerse myself in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, my attention was captured by the concept of perspective. I was immensely intrigued in the idea that an individuals perspective has a direct connection to their actions. Victor’s creature is perceived as a monstrous, evil presence by almost everyone that he encounters. As a result of this, people experience a flight or flight response, tending to flee from his presence or throw objects such as stones at him (Shelley 112). The only person who exhibited an ounce of kindness towards him was a blind man. I found it interesting that Shelley included this interaction, and that the man didn’t have an extreme negative reaction, all due to his perspective.

More than that, I was captivated by the perspective Shelley gave to me as a reader. Her writing enabled both the perspective of the monster and his creator to co-exist within the same frightening confines of her story. I was torn between the idea of the creature being the monster the world understood him to be and my own opinion, that the term “monster” belonged to his creator instead. This lead me to the question that has continued to press on me: what makes someone a monster and how does perspective play into it? From what I interpreted from the story, I am more likely to argue that Victor is the monster. How can it be seen that a man who’s selfish actions justify abandoning an unaware creation to face the world be thought as good? Not to mention his unwillingness to feel for anyone’s circumstances other than his own, especially his creature’s. One outside quote I found that represents the relationship between the characters is “We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves.” ― Mike Carey. For me, the monster gave me a better understanding on Victor’s many personality flaws and thoughts.

The progression of the story brought on some unforeseen reflection on myself and my knowledge about a “monster”. I was not expecting to feel a deep empathy for the creature. Shelley’s writing depicted an being who profoundly craved affection. In reading through the viewpoint of the creature, I understood the abandonment and hatred that he expressed toward Victor. I found Shelley’s use of perceptive remarkably clever as she perfectly sets up the backdrop and drive for vengeance that the creature asserts. The pivotal moment that altered my views on the previous characterization of both Creature and Creator was that story the creature told. I struggled to see a monster from his desire to included in a family like the De Lacey’s saying “but where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother blessed me with smiles and caresses…” (Shelley 129). This helped me realize the creature was only seen as monster because of his circumstances and lack of experiences. Overall, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein includes a remarkable insight into perspective and how we view individuals. I anxiously await the conclusion of this acclaimed novel and the story that comes with it.

Works Cited

kimmeridge. Frankenstein – Key Quotes. YouTube, 26 May 2011,, 4 May 2018.

Perspective Quotes. BrainyQuote. Xplore., 4 May 2018

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.

University, Cambridge. Cambridge Dictonary. 2018.


Sathre-Vogel, Nancy. “It’s All About Perspective.” Family on Bikes, 12 Mar. 2012,                    

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  1. Ashley Michaud May 11, 2018 - 4:55 pm Reply

    I love the prespecive you brought to this book for me. I found it hard to push through it due to the language and lack of understanding at some points however, when the story line is descibed this way I find it intriguing. Had I thought about the book this way throughout reading it I believe I would of been more modtivated to get through it.

    I agree with your point that Victor is the true monster. Throughout the novel I felt a sense of sadness and sympathy towards the monster for the way he had been treated. I believe that another lesson we can learn from the novel is the way you treat people can have more of an effect on them than we realize. The character of the creation truly speaks to the outcasts in society that are discluded due to their appearnce. By looking at the character’s personality and what he demands from Victor we see his true feelings of dispair and lonliness.
    I hope you enjoyed the novel!

  2. Seth Walsh May 11, 2018 - 5:02 pm Reply

    I am in total agreement on this the monster is not but a child faced with the torment of public isolation, whilst the scientist created life only to discard it as if it had no value. the title monster belongs to none other than victor as if he were to of treated the creature as a child or friend or even just not created a life that he could not support then none of the horrific events would have occurred. Victor was warned not to proceed into reanimation but he didn’t take the warnings or think of the consequences and the end result is a discarded being who just wants somebody to love him. Frankenstein’s “Monster” reacted in a human way while even though it was irrational to be so violent, many people who are traumatized lash out in this way. In conclusion The monster is indeed Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

  3. Chloe Tonelli-David May 11, 2018 - 5:19 pm Reply

    The monster to me was actually Dr. Victor Frankenstein and not the creature. I believe this because of many reasons while I was reading the novel. Firstly, Victor is seen as the intelligent yet slightly crazy student who wants to continue his teacher Mr Waldman’s theories. After creating the creature, Victor is frightened by what he has made and abandons it. This proves that he wants nothing to do with the creature he has made and that he will let the creature die off on his own. The creature only wanted to be loved and treated like a human being, because even though he resembles a monster, he is made up of human body parts which technically makes him a human as well. The creature starts to behave in an angrily way because nobody will accept him for what he looks like. I agree with you that this could be connected to our world today with racism. In my opinion, the creature killing people has to do with nobody giving him a chance and most importantly for Victor’s disappearance after creating the creature. In the novel, Victor is clearly the monster.

  4. Zack May 11, 2018 - 5:24 pm Reply

    Fantastic job explaining who the real monster is! I find it weird that people are calling Frankenstein’s creation a monster. From birth the creature was yearning for attention, and gets ignored and beaten down. Like a child with poor up-bringing it will act out till they get what they want. The creature torments and tortures Victor until he gives in. As soon as Frankenstein revoked his promise the creature lashed out in the worse way possible because he was not shown how to deal with his problems. I do believe that the creature had potential to better society, if it had the proper up bringing. In the end Victor died and the monster showed sadness, he is capable of feeling emotions. Just he was never showed how to deal with them.

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