The Arrogance of Victor’s Mind and Self

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.

 

Radford, Benjamin. “Chupacabra: Facts about the Mysterious Vampire Beast.” LiveScience, Purch, 16 Oct. 2012, www.livescience.com/24036-chupacabra-facts.html. Information about Chupacabra.

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.

The Mental Conversation

In the past few chapters I have been able to develop a better insight of how Victor and his relationship with the monster works and it has helped me put the pieces together and develop my understanding of the book as well.

The monster as I have come to understand is really just a reflection of Victor, of another side of him that he doesn’t show nor does he comprehend he has it. The monster is a symbol of his other self that runs from society because he feels they wont except him for his work or what he is trying to accomplish. For example in chapters 11 and 12 when the monster explains how he had been living since he left Victor’s lab. he explains how confused he was when people screamed at his appearance and ran from him when he had not done anything. he does not comprehend why the people are scared until he sees himself in a pool of water. then he hides himself away in fear of being seen again. in these chapters what the monster tells Victor reflects on his own life, where he was studying all the sciences he could one of his professors(M. Krempe) was not particularly fond of his choice and in time Victor hid himself away from most people that would judge or defy him but he still wanted to improve society as did the monster. in the monster’s story he had been stealing food from a family in order to survive, but when he realized what he was doing to them he felt guilty and gathered all the supplies he could and left them at the families doorstep in the night, so the monster was really reflecting on how Victor was deciding to live his life. “…I had been accustomed in the night, to steal a part of their store for my own consumption, but when I found that in doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied myself with berries, nuts, and roots…” P.G 118.

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“Chupacabra” “Haunted Mario Haunted Peach.” Haunted Mario Haunted Peach, hauntedmario.com/. This is where the Chupacabra picture is from

When we see or hear ‘monster’ we think of for example Chupacabra, a menacing beast indeed. We don’t ever consider any other type of the word. In fact we could consider ourselves monsters, what with destroying animal natural habitats and imprisoning them in cages for the purpose of entertainment. We call it a zoo where as the animals may consider it differently, but we don’t think of the other side of things sometimes because we can’t comprehend any other opinion than our own. Continuing on the Chupacabra example we see it as a terrifying beast when if it did exist it would probably see itself as trying to survive in the cruel world. The same thing with Victor and the monster, and even anyone else. Everyone has a side of them that they hide from the world because it may be a part of them but others may not appreciate or may even be afraid of that side of you. The monster is like the ugly, embarrassing, unpresentable side of Victor that doesn’t understand what goes on between social interactions and has to learn throughout the book how to adapt and develop to modern society.

The monster could actually be the representation of Victors mental illness, and to make Victor understand his illness he creates a persona of himself but without any of his other traits, only the traits of his illness, maybe in order to find out whether he can adapt from the illness or not. This would make sense considering he is a scientist and likes to take an experimental angle on everything. This would also explain why the monster has to learn many social and mental traits, why he cannot talk, and why he is so ugly. People with a mental illness often think they are the ugliest people in the world. Including the fact that Victor didn’t see himself as the bad guy and the monster always saw through his arrogance and confronted him about this when they talked about his life after he left the lab, eventually the monster decided the only way to make him truly suffer was to slaughter his family one by one until Victor gave him another creature or otherwise a purpose. I believe that the monster truly was an extension of himself and when it the monster tried to teach Victor he ran from himself and hid himself away from basically his consciousness until he told his story and died.

book citation:

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

 

the torturous demons of Victor Frankenstein

During my reading of Frankenstein, I noticed that Victor drove himself mad quite rapidly while away from his family and grew more depressed the longer he was away, this caught my interest because of how quickly it took over not only him but also his family back home.

It seemed to drive him into a workaholic state and as he explained it, it was as though a form of inner demon was possessing and changing him, taking over his mind and conquering his inner and outer self(chapter 5 paragraph 1-2). I wonder if this was due to being away from home for so long or if it was caused by his work consuming his life? It also caught my attention because when he returned home for the death of his brother(chapter 7 paragraph 2 of the letter) he seemed to have completely eradicated all of his former evils and depression which could be understandable but is also confusing because I would think it would have driven him to worse ways from the devastation but in a way he seemed numb from all emotion and turned to dedicating himself to finding the murderer of his dear brother.

His actions and emotional state even show signs of bipolar or extreme anxiety seeming like he used it to fuel his drive to study the sciences until it started taking over and then he became a victim to it. He did the same thing when his brother was murdered, he seemed to use his mental instability to push all of his focus towards something else in order to ignore his sickness. Elizabeth even told him that he was or at least seemed ill in her letter she sent him in chapter 5 in the very first line of the letter. What intrigues me is how misleading Victor is throughout the book because even while feeling this way he could flip at any moment and hold himself in the highest esteem and rank himself above anyone else almost alienating everyone else because they are not like him. He seems imprisoned by his demons forever letting them take control and in the end creates a monster that he cant control, much like the demons within him that as I said he controlled until they controlled him.

Victor seems to survive and live off of a constant power struggle between his sane self and the mad scientist he contains. The lesson being that everything can be good until a bad purpose is presented, with Frankenstein it happens between Victor and his ‘illness’, as well as he and the monster. The monster was supposed to revolutionize society in his eyes but it ended up being a danger to humanity turning out to be a semi failed experiment because technically Victor did succeed in bringing it to life but it did not go as planned. Also as stated before Victor seemed to have used his illness to focus on specific tasks but in turn it began to drive him almost insane, showing a constant back and forth battle between multiple personalities as though he may even have multiple personality disorder, but all of his personalities are aware of what’s happening at all times.