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  1. Promises vs. the Power of Selfishness

    December 7, 2018 by housjaim904

    In this final blog post of Frankenstein, I will be discussing selfishness, greed, and the affect that those factors have on promises in the novel.

    Throughout the novel we have discovered that Victor is a very selfish, self centered person. He only cares about himself. His work was more important to him than even his family. He wouldn’t write letters back to them. Victor just had to have everything his way. When he found how much of a responsibility the monster was, he just abandoned him for his own convenience. A person was executed because of his egotistical ways. He wouldn’t even tell people he created the thing that murdered because his ego was so high. These events showed how greedy he was but that was just the beginning. This was the starting issues that led to the final, biggest problem.

    The creature asks Victor If he can make him a companion. “You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This alone you can do, I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede” (Shelley 156). At this point is when he finally starts thinking of the consequences.(still thinking about the consequences it would have on only himself), but he had started actually thinking. He first refuses the monster, claiming he won’t put another wicked being like him onto the earth. I feel that Victor owes the monster at least this much for all the suffering he put him through for abandoning him.  Eventually he gives in and promises the creature a female because of the monsters reasonable tone. I feel that this was the absolute right thing to do he deserves someone who will understand him with all he has been through and the fact that he is not accepted. Never mix promises with selfishness.

    Even though Frankenstein was threatened by the monster that he would kill all of the ones he cares for if he doesn’t make the female he promised him, The self absorbed man continues to put it off. His family members are being killed, and what does Victor do? He runs away to save himself. That is the act of only a self centered person. He even married his love: Elizabeth, when he should have known she was to become the number one target of the monster’s murders after the wedding. The reason he married her was because he had to have everything he wanted, not even thinking about the consequences. What he wanted was for Elizabeth to be his, so he made her his. He didn’t even think that the monster would just go and kill her too. How naive could someone be? Now all of Victor’s happiness is completely gone, and misery has consumed him. If he had just made the fiend the companion he was promised and desired, none of this would of ever happened. His family members would be alive and well and, Victor would be happy because the monster was happy. It is completely and utterly Victor’s fault, if it was’t for his greedy way’s he could of still have his family, but nope, he was too cowardly to make the monster a female because he thought it would just make him feel bad like he did when he made the original monster or that they would make offspring.

    In my head I imagined scenarios. Scenarios where Victor didn’t make the mistakes that he did, and how he could have avoided the problems he had all together. The thoughts I had were really very simple solutions, that I feel that if Frankenstein wasn’t the selfish person he is, could of very easily came up with them himself. It all comes down to promises and selfishness. If Victor would have never promised the creature a person, but promised that he would teach him things, maybe give him a name, and treat him as a father for a while, it would of been much less stressful and painless solution, that in the end would of made both the creature and him happy. I think that that this solution would of pleased the creature and made him feel more wanted and human. It is an offer that wouldn’t even take up too, too much of Victor’s time. Or he could of just kept the promise he made. Promises are probably very sacred to the monster and the fact that Frankenstein broke it because of his selfishness an fear just upset him. So if he had just made him the companion he wanted, his life wouldn’t be ruined.  He would still have his love and the people he cared for most. Maybe there would of been people who were scared of them but they wouldn’t harm anyone else. He should of done one of those things.

    Victor was so very greedy and shouldn’t make promises because he is ego is too high to keep them. Promises are a big deal and if you can’t keep them, don’t even make them in the first place. You saw how it turned out for Victor, he lost everything he loved. He was never even capable of keeping a promise in the first place. So that was my final post on the book Frankenstein. I hope you enjoyed my point of view and thoughts on the book. Thank you for reading housjaim Blogs!

    Image result for frankenstein and his bride                                                                              (The female the monster never got.)

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

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  2. Monster Mind

    November 29, 2018 by housjaim904

     

    In this post I will be talking about the chapters in the book where it was about the monster’s point of view, what he was thinking, feeling, and what he wanted out of life.

    The monster in Frankenstein is truly like an innocent child. He knows barely anything about life and was abandoned by his coward of a creator, not given a name or even taught what was right and wrong. He did not ask to be created, he was brought into the world by a self centered scientist whose only care was to figure out how to bring inanimate objects to life. As soon as he did he regretted it because he didn’t think of the consequences and responsibility that would be put upon him, so he abandoned his monster. Victor caused the poor creatures misery.

    When the monster was abandoned, he went to live and wander in the woods, having to scavenge for any berries he could find to eat and drink streams for water. He was always cold, left with only one set of clothes that weren’t even sufficient to keep him warm, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch”(Shelley 109). He was just trying to live the best life he could with what he knew, which wasn’t much because of Victor leaving him and teaching him nothing. He had to try and cope with what nature was throwing at him and try to survive with what he could find. one of the only moments of joy that he felt was when he looked at things with beauty. Another thing that gave him joy was when he found the fire he was so overjoyed he found heat he stuck his hands right in and grabbed the embers, he didn’t know better. He didn’t know that things that gave you joy could also give you extreme pain. That is what a young child would do; try and stick his hand into the pretty warm fire, but of course they would be stopped and told not to because of a parent or guardian, something the monster didn’t have. He was suffering because of his lack of a parental figure. At this point in the novel you feel really bad for him, he actually is like a helpless child who needs guidance.

    When the creature walks into the village he came across, people screamed, passed out and, “the whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons”(112). He was probably wondering why this was happening, he had no knowledge as to why he was different and unaccepted by the members of the village until he saw his own reflection. He was absolutely terrified with how he looked, he was “startled back, unable to believe that it was I who was reflected in the mirror”(121). He had admired how the cottagers looked. How graceful, beautiful, and perfect they were. He thought since he wasn’t accepted by these perfect creatures because of his looks, that he had to find another way to be accepted. He started watching and listening his neighbours, and heard that they were communicating through sounds. He was going to become perfect at this way of communication before he tried to encounter the cottagers again. It is so sad that he thinks he has to be perfect in some way in order to be accepted. That is not how it should be at all. People should be accepted no matter what, no matter how different they are.

    I hope this summed up the feelings the monster had and what his thought process was. He was just trying to live a life, and this is the best he could with the knowledge he had. His struggle with being accepted will stay with him the rest of his life so he is trying to be as “normal” as he can. Victor messed up this poor creatures life because of consequences that were not thought of. If you like these blogs stay tuned for more on Frankenstein.

     

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

     

     

     


  3. Time to Stein

    November 26, 2018 by housjaim904

     

    Frankenstein is a novel that was written by an 18 year old girl in 1818, this girl’s name was Mary Shelley. Personally I find it absolutely fascinating that an 18 year old female, 200 years ago, was able to think of this concept, show reasoning, and write novel about a body made of dead, stolen parts that gets brought to life. This shows just how long people have been thinking, planning, and experimenting on “Bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley 52). I had no idea that people back then would even be able to think of such a concept let alone be able to write a book about it.

    Back then, learning about science must have been so interesting and captivating because that is when people were coming up with new theories, and proving them through experiments. Something new was being discovered or thought of almost every day. She probably thought that what she had imagined and had happen in her book would at sometime in the future actually happen. Though a breakthrough like that still hasn’t happened even 200 years later. Imagine living back in the 1800’s and being able to experience all of the new discoveries and be able to think of things that to us now, know that they are either impossible or we still don’t have the technology to do or prove it. They would believe that it was possible.

    Though Shelley says very little about Dr. Frankenstein’s experiments, it leaves it to your imagination. In a way I think it is more fun because it sparks your thoughts and lets you imagine what happens. But some people would definitely find it aggravating that you don’t actually get to find out how Victor brings the monster to life. They want to know exact details and not have to come up with your own conclusions. In the novel it says “I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet”(58). This quote is why I imagined that he somehow hooked him up to wires that got struck by lightening and that brought him to life, “spark of being”(58). the spark is what reminded me of lightening. Though there is countless amounts of other reasons.

    These were my thoughts on the technology aspect of Frankenstein. How crazy it must of been to believe that this could happen with the technology from 200 years ago and how she thought of the concept. Also  how much research Shelley must of put into this book to make it make sense. Keep reading my upcoming blogs to take a deeper look into different aspects of Frankenstein.


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