Victor, The Real Murderer? And Final Thoughts

In my final blog post, I will be concluding my Frankenstein thoughts on how I believe that Victor was the real murderer not the monster. I will also share about Marxist theories Mary Shelley developed throughout Frankenstein. Lastly, some of the potential themes of the novel.  

Was the monster the real killer of Victor’s friends and family, or could Victor be the one to blame? Throughout the novel, it is very clear that the monster has a hate towards Victor because being his creator, he can’t except him and treat him as a normal being. This makes the monster furious and leads him to killing Victor’s close friends and family, despite getting revenge. The monster threatens Victor yet again and promises to leave him and his family alone if he will make him a significant other. However, Victor fails to do so, and the monster continues his murderous journey. “the wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness, and with a howl of devilish despair and revenge withdrew.” (180)  Victor chose to make the monster unhappy repeatedly, and he knew the consequences he would face. He knew his loved ones would be in danger yet, he excepted the risk. He chose for them to be murdered, he could’ve stopped it. I fully believe Victor was the murderer, he had several chances to stop the monster, though, every time he let it happen. “Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” That quote really symbolizes Victor’s choices he made. He could have stopped the monster from murdering his family, however, he didn’t, and that was his own mistake. Let’s put ourselves in Victors shoes, shall we? If you had already made one monster, how hard would it really be to make another? Especially knowing that you would be protecting a loved one from being murdered. Of course, you would love to make another monster, to not only give your first monster the satisfactory of a real loved one, but to also save your brother, sister, mother, father or wife from being killed. Victor had a choice, although he chose to not comply with the circumstances and therefore suffered the feelings of his family dying because of himself, Victor, the REAL murderer.  

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Mary Shelley develops Marxism in the novel. Marxism “a device for the exploitation of the masses by a dominant class, that class struggle has been the main agency of historical change.” Where I seemed to have found evidence of Marxism in the novel was between Victor and the monster. Victor lived quite the high-class life. They had a big home in Geneva, and Victor was able to go to school with no worries of anything or money shortage. However, the monster lived in poverty, he was alone with only the cloak he found in the woods, and the food he could find in nature. He knew that there were people living better then him, although he made do with what he had and tried living happily. The novel shows both points of view from the Marxism spectrum. The monster to me was more seen as an object that Victor “owned” rather than his own being. The monster had many struggles in life and then on the other side of the fence, Victor lived home free. Living rejected from society is one of the many forms of Marxism which the monster portrays. “I was poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing.” (109) The monster suffered from the time he was brought into the world. He wasn’t privileged like Victor was and really did not have a choice in the way he was brought up. “Food, however, became scarce, and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger.” (111) The monster was what you called the “working class,” he spent countless hours in the woods, making fires to stay warm, and searching for food. He didn’t have a dinner set out for him every night, he worked to survive and strive ahead. Victor displays that he is better than the monster and stands above him in the social and political class aspect. In my eyes the monster symbolizes the lower class and poor point of view of Marxism. He is not treated as a being, rather an object owned by Victor.  

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The novel shows many different themes, I am going to further explain a few that appeared to me. First let’s look at revenge. Already talked about in this post was how the monster used revenge against Victor when he didn’t make him another monster, so he killed his wife. The monster wasn’t excepted by the humans, his feelings turned to rage and despair. Therefore, since Victor was the cause of his nonacceptance he turned evil and revenge was his solution on his creator. “revenge remains revenge… I may die but first you… It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding-night.” (182) However, the monster wasn’t the only one who used revenge. Victors choice of not creating another monster for his first monster to be happy seemed to me like this was his way of getting revenge. “begone! I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity, and wickedness.” (181) Since the monster had already murdered Victor’s brother William and friend Henry Clerval, Victor broke his promise and decided not to create another. Both characters showed a great deal of revenge throughout the novel, also some payback of revenge on Victor’s behalf. Another theme that stuck out to me was isolation. Both Victor and the monster suffered from isolation, loneliness, and being stuck in remote places. “Two years passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva.” (51) Victor was so caught up in making his monster and attending school, that he never paid a visit home for two whole years. “winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labors; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves.” (56) Victor spent three whole seasons indoors, isolated and lonely. Creating a monster in his apartment, away from all civilization. Wouldn’t you go crazy being alone for that long? It would be a dark and depressing time for me, especially if I wasn’t able to watch any of the seasons change. “I was free now… I took the boat and passed many hours on the water…I was tempted to plunge into the silent lake, that the waters might close over me and my calamities forever.” (95) Both Victor and the monster often turned to nature when times fell hard, in which I don’t blame them. When I have a bad day or need to get away for a while a walk somewhere is always a good way to clear the mind. On the other hand, when they turn to isolation all the time, and spend countless hours, days or months alone, you know that they’re suffering. The monster additionally suffered from isolation, well for his whole life. From being abandoned on his first look at life, shamed for being ugly and different by the villagers, he ran away to nature and lived alone in a cave for many months. “shall each man, find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone?” (182) The monster strives to be happy and find himself a wife, however, his needs could not be meet. Both Victor and his monster suffered isolation, living very different lives, yet being lonely in the same ways.  

Citations:  

“Marxism.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/marxism. 

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

Ditkoff, Mitch. “50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 29 Sept. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/mitch-ditkoff/50-awesome-quotes-on-risk_b_2078573.html. 

http://www.freeimages.co.uk/galleries/sports/moods_emotions/slides/misty_mountain_cabinP1011623.htm 

https://academic.mu.edu/meissnerd/depression.htm

“Elements 14-26.” Frankenstein Website – Home, frankensteinthework.weebly.com/elements-14-26.html.

My Thoughts on Frankenstein so far

In this blog post, I am going introduce my thoughts on Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, so far. I will also talk about Frankenstein and the monster’s relationship, and the monster’s current understanding of the world.

Before I started reading Frankenstein, I imagined the monster to be a flat character who doesn’t get well developed and is only seen as a bad influence. As I started reading, I realized the monster is a round character with many good traits. He was however very misunderstood until he could express himself and create his own life. In my eyes, I see the monster as an exceptionally loyal and compassionate character. The monster moves into a cave after being abandoned by his creator Victor, who he later finds, and Victor starts to trust him and see that he doesn’t mean any harm. On the monster’s move, he decides that he needs to be secluded, although he finds a family living in a cabin nearby to his cave. The monster stole the family’s food and then realized they were sad and living in poverty, so to repay them he left fire wood at there door every night. At first the family seen him as a threat and beat him, after a while of getting to know him they seen him more as a human being than a monster. The monster found a sense of love and compassion, sure he looked scary, but he meant no harm to anyone. He learnt the basics of English and some history from the family, he tried very hard to turn his life around and change his overall morals that everyone seen him as. This taught me that looks are deceiving and some of the scariest looking people may mean the best in life and to others. It doesn’t matter how you live or how you look, all that maters at the end of the day is what defines you as a person and that comes straight from the heart.

Now progressed, Frankenstein and his monster have started to have contact with each other. In my eyes Frankenstein seems leery about the monster yet again, and he doesn’t seem to have much faith and trust in him. “Yet you my creator detest and spurn me…” (104) In a real-life situation, I’ve been in the position where someone hasn’t trusted me, and it hurts a lot inside and makes you feel worthless knowing you have nothing to hide but that person can’t believe in you. I think this is how the monster is feeling because it must be hard knowing that the person who created you and brought you to life is threatened by you and doesn’t want to get to truly know you. Trust is something all successful relationships run on and if you can’t have trust then you can’t have a stable and equally happy relationship. The monster finds Frankenstein in the mountains and brings him back to his cave to tell his tale. The monster explains how he’s living in isolation because everyone is afraid of him but all he wants is a female companion. He wants to find another creature who can see him for who he is and not just a scary image. In my opinion the monster pulls at Frankenstein’s heart strings, therefore he agrees to help him in finding (creating) a significant other. Overall, when Frankenstein agrees to helping his monster, that shows friendship because you wouldn’t help someone out if you didn’t care about them. Frankenstein might not physically show his help and love towards his creation; however, you can infer that he does care if he is willing to help him out in making him happy.

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The monster has learned a lot and gotten a good understanding of what real-life is. He suffered being alone his first steps of life. He went out in the mountains and found wood, berries and a cloak. He had to learn how to survive all on his own. No guidance nor help. Imagine how hard that would be? Think, if you were young, and you had gotten lost in the forest alone. You would be terrified and wouldn’t have a clue how to get back home or how to stay hydrated and keep yourself warm. “I arrived at a village…The whole village roused; some fled, some attacked me, until grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons., I escaped to the open country…” (112) The monster had nobody there to help him, he was on his own. It is for sure a sad thing to know that the towns people wouldn’t give him a chance just because he looked different from them. He was just trying to get some food, clean clothes, and a shelter. The monster defiantly learnt a lot of lessons while on his travels. Looks are deceiving, and it’s sad to say but the village people were only rude because the monster is well… a MONSTER, and scary looking. What matters most is what’s in the heart. The monster is a loving creature and is trying very hard to survive and figure out the ways of life. He never meant any harm to the towns people. He simply went there for some food and shelter. The monster overall felt abandoned and just wanted to have a relationship with Frankenstein, his creator, so they could go out and conquer life together.

Citations:
Book- Shelly, Mary. Frankenstein. London. Henry Colburn and Richard Bently,1818.
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Living With a Doppelganger

In the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, it is quite obvious that Victor has a doppelganger he created in his own apartment. The monster Victor created now haunts him. “I perceived in the gloom a figure which stole from behind a clump of trees near me… the filthy demon to whom I had given life… the murderer of my brother?” (79) I believe that Victor and his monster  are doppelgangers because Victor created him, which now the monster has that part of  Victor’s life in him. A doppelganger is also known as a double and tends to show supernatural shadows and an evil mirror image to one another. Shelley shows that Victor and the monster both have these evil capabilities. Victor not so obviously evil, but after making his monster he just left and the monster was on his own in the real world with no direction or path to go in. Also, while creating his monster he suffered isolation and loneliness which leads me to believe all he put into his creation was how he was feeling and now he created a psychotic and secluded monster version of himself. On the other hand, the monster followed his creator Victor back to his home in Geneva and murdered his brother. This shows that the monster is Victor’s doppelganger because it is the shadow perspective of him and everything he felt while being alone was what he put into his creation.

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At this point in the novel, i do believe that the monster was the murderer of Victor’s brother. However, I wonder why such monster would kill a loved one of his creator. As stated in the novel once the monster came alive, Victor was scared and left to go back to Geneva. “he might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. I took refuge in the courtyard…”(59) From life experiences and facts when babies are born, they have parents there to hold them and as they grow up there parents teach them how to live and go about life. In this situation, Victor up and  left and the monster had no guidance. Victor created him on all his bad thoughts so all the monster has inside of him is hatred, betrayal and isolation. He didn’t know what to do when he came alive, but he knew Victors family. It makes sense to assume the monster could be a potential suspect to the death of his brother. Had the monster not been alone when he fist came to life and had Victor to guide him I do not think he would have went out and taken the life of his creators family.

From chapters one to eight, Victor and his monster have not yet developed a real relationship. In my opinion, I think in the next few chapters Victor and the monster will have some interaction and start to develop a friendly tie. Besides, they are practically the same person. The only differences they come to show is that they have very different morals. Victor was taught what was wrong and right in life, where as the monster did not have anyone to teach him manners and set the rules which led to him now being framed for a murder. In the future of the novel, I consider thinking that if Victor and the monster spend time together they can see how much they really are alike and build up a positive and valuable bond between each other. In most life situations you become friends with someone who shares the same likes as you and somebody who has the same personality or traits about them. Also, many people go out of there comfort zone, talk to someone who might be a complete stranger and try new things. Victor might be going out of what he’s comfortable with, however, I think it will have a genuine outcome of them getting along.

 

By: Heather

 

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