Predator and Prey

In the court room when a trial is taking place most of the time there is Victim that comes out of that certain case, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein it can be hard to tell if Victor or the Monster is the victim. After reading this book I can point out ways how both of them could be either the victim or the monster. It can be easy throughout the book to see how Victor can be the real monster. The first way he shows this is by the way he ignores his family when focusing on his studies, just think how you would feel if your sibling shut you out of their life for science. Victor takes no time to think about how his family could be feeling after not hearing from him for so long and continues to make them feel worse as time goes on. Another way Victor shows the reader he could be the real monster is when he creates the actual monster. Victor creates this monster with no advice from anyone and tries to hide him from the world, and then to make matters worse he leaves the monster all alone and fend for itself. Victor leaves the monster defenceless from the dangers of nature and the world and the monster is lucky to have survived through all the tough times he had; the monster could not talk or befriend anyone because Victor had made him so ugly and scary everyone was to nervous and scared to interact with him. The last reason why the reader could see Victor as the real monster is when Victor keeps the fact the he created this monster and that it killed William a secret just to keep his image upheld. Victor allegedly keeps the fact that the monster killed William a secret when witnessing Justine’s trial, which could have saved her life, and decides to keep his image upheld instead of saving Justine. Even though Victor did all those bad things and made so many poor decisions, there is still evidence that shows he could have been the victim. One way the reader can see Victor is the victim is when his monster kills his brother William; he had no idea that this going to happen he had just found out the one day and that Justine had been claimed to be the killer. Victor is shown to be the victim multiple times because of the death of his family members, his wife Elizabeth was killed, his father had died from grief and even his best friend Henry Clerval died, so he had everyone taken from him and much grief to live with. So, as you can see, this novel shows that it could be tough to tell if Victor was the victim, or the real monster.

 

“Had I right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations? I had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats; but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.” (Shelley 20.1)

Some readers of this novel think that Frankenstein’s monster is the victim, but there are situations throughout the book that could show that he is the one who is in the wrong. The Monster shows this even though he was left confused and to fend for himself by his creator, he should not have done the things that he did; for example, when he goes out of his way to get back at Victor by killing all of Victors family and friends. Yes, Frankenstein was wrong to leave his creation by himself but instead of taking out his anger and frustration on Victor alone, he takes it out on other people who had nothing to do with what happened to him which was wrong of him. Even though the Monster did these things, I can see why some readers would call him the victim. I saw this when reading all the things that Victor did to his creation; he left him all alone when he needed help adapting to the world and daily life, and lastly, he denied the monster the only thing that would make him happy, a wife. In conclusion, it can be very hard to tell if Victor or his monster are the real victim, but there is evidence to back up both of them.

 

“These thoughts exhilarated me and led me to apply with fresh ardour to the acquiring the art of language. My organs were indeed harsh, but supple; and although my voice was very unlike the soft music of their tones, yet I pronounced such words as I understood with tolerable ease. It was as the ass and the lap-dog; yet surely the gentle ass whose intentions were affectionate, although his manners were rude, deserved better treatment than blows and execration.” (Shelley 12.18)

 

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

 

 

Decisions

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)

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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)

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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

 

 

Relations

When reading any novel or book I try to relate parts throughout, where I can, to my life to gain a further understanding of the meaning of whatever took place or happened. I have noticed that throughout the initial chapters there are a lot of areas and situations that I found are relatable to aspects of my life. I find that people can misunderstand me when I say or do things and take them the wrong way; this relates to Frankenstein’s Monster. He doesn’t mean any harm to people or Victor but he is mistaken for a deadly, disgusting and mean monster and no one will give him a chance just because of the way he looks. Another connection I can make from the book to my life, is that Victor Frankenstein reminds me of my friend Rodrigo. Rodrigo is very hard to persuade when he has his mind set on something, and he is the one to “judge a book by its cover” as victor did to his monster. Relating Victor to Rodrigo really helped me understand and visualize what he’s like in the book and what his motives and thought patterns are. Frankenstein’s Monster also reminds me of grade 9’s on the first day of school; they show up to an unfamiliar place that they have no clue what it is like and get judged and criticized by the seniors, just as Frankenstein’s monster was by the people, and the seniors who want nothing to do with them. “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed. When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was, and gratitude assisted the development of filial love.” (Shelley 2.3) this quote really help me relate to Victor because i felt i had the same amazing childhood with loving parents just as he did. in conclusion I find that this book is very easy to find connections to mine especially, but overall anyone’s everyday life.

 

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.