With the book finally finished the pieces have come together, with the conclusion of Frankenstein I have finally been able to complete and evaluate my theory about Victor and his relationship with his creature.
When I finished reading the book I was finally able to come to a conclusion with my theory. The monster was never evil, or a way of Victor to express himself, or even a way for Victor to cope with himself, the monster was the consequence for Victors actions, his punishment for his accomplishment, arrogance, self pity, selfishness, and everything else Victor did wrong throughout the book. No matter how many times Victor’s sub conscience try to warn him or remind him of things, he pushed it aside no matter what the consequence was so the monster was created in order to give him the worst punishment available for his actions. “William is dead! That sweet child, whose smiles delighted and warmed my heart, who was so gentle, yet so gay! Victor, he is murdered!”(Shelly 74). Even when he knew that the creature had murdered his own brother he did nothing just to protect his ego and reputation, that’s how selfish he was and he did the same for the rest of his family when they were killed. In his studies never did Victor stop for long enough to consider what may go wrong or what may affect him or his family if he accomplished his goal and no matter how many warnings his sub conscience gave he would not consider that what he was doing may have been wrong so instead of stopping him his sub conscience let him bring the punishment down on himself.
When his creature actually came to life Victor was horrified and it made him for the first time consider the fact that he did something wrong. But when he didn’t stop that is what confused me the most. Instead of making up for his mistake and innovating to make things better, he abandoned the creature and left it to die out in the woods for the rest of its life, or so he thought. He had the chance to right his wrong but he still did nothing, constantly no matter what refused to listen to his sub conscience which ultimately made me lose all faith and made me stop defending Victor. His constant arrogance and selfishness frankly made the book hard to read as I put together his true self. Victor can be compared to a dead beat father at times even when the creature reaches out to him he refuses to make things right in the end. Victor in my opinion could be tied to a post and stoned to death for what he did not only to his monster but to everyone he “loved” in the book.
In my former blog post I talked about the Chupacabra, the menacing beast that could also be seen as something else. If the beast truly is just a monster if it exists, I would highly relate it to Victor. The Chupacabra is said to be a vampire beast that left animal corpses especially goats in its wake. Victor in his lifetime was truly a monster, he thought he had created one but in truth he just like the Chupacabra left corpses in his path, his whole family in fact, he was not a vampire but he sucked the life out of his creature when he abandoned it. He left his foot print behind for Robert Walton to discover like the Chupacabra left its sign behind where it was said to be. Victor is truly relatable to the beast we have made the Chupacabra out to be and he did not stop torturing the lives of many including himself.
Victor Frankenstein in my eyes is deemed a selfish, mentally ill, inconsiderate, arrogant, and ignorant person. Frankenstein was a good read overall that made me consider a lot about some of my own decisions I’ve made during my life. I truly understand after reading this why this story has never died for 200 years. It is very ahead of its time and is able to deal with matters that happen in todays modern society as well as back then. The lessons this book holds will forever be some of the most important things to learn in a lifetime.
Citation: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Modern Library, 1999.