Have you ever heard the expression “when it rains it pours”? This statement could not be more true for one of the books main characters, Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein is bombarded with unfortunate events throughout the book and as sad as they are for him, he brought them all upon him self. He could have saved himself so much pain and misery if he would have just made some better choices for himself. For example, if he were to just stay in touch with his family and social life and not close everyone out he could’ve been less miserable during his days at the university. Another way he could’ve saved himself some despair is keeping the monster instead of running away at first sight of it. If Frankenstein were to do this it wouldn’t have cost him the lives of his brother William, and Justine and an even further he could’ve helped the monster develop into society and seen him as a son or a friend instead of an enemy. Another decision he could’ve made better was to speak up in Justine’s trial and prevent her from being claimed guilty, which he had to the power to do so, but instead he tries to save himself from being labeled crazy by society and keeps silent so Justine will be hanged. I know that without these bad decisions there wouldn’t be a very good story but I got a headache sometimes reading the poor decisions that Frankenstein made throughout the book.
“I avoided explanation and maintained a continual silence concerning the wretch I had created. I had a persuasion that I should be supposed mad, and this in itself would forever have chained my tongue. But, besides, I could not bring myself to disclose a secret which would fill my hearer with consternation and make fear and unnatural horror the inmates of his breast. I checked, therefore, my impatient thirst for sympathy and was silent when I would have given the world to have confided the fatal secret. Yet, still, words like those I have recorded would burst uncontrollably from me. I could offer no explanation of them, but their truth in part relieved the burden of my mysterious woe.” (Shelley 201)
The way I see it, Victor Frankenstein and his monster are not that different mentally and in the way they make decisions. Victor and his monster both think alike, they will do whatever it takes to get what they want no matter who or what it will affect in the process. One-way victor shows this trait is when he creates the monster; he goes through with his plan to create life and doesn’t think about any of the negatives that could and do happen to himself and others as a result. Another way Victor shows this is when he wants to keep his reputation upheld, so he keeps the secret of his monster a secret; this decision leads to the death of his younger brother William and Justine. Frankenstein’s monster shows this same trait when he declares revenge on Victor, the monster kills and destroys what is valuable to his creator disregarding all morals and feelings of others that he has affected. In conclusion it seems that Victor created his monster’s mind and thought process to resemble his own.
“I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death.” (Shelley 148)
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.