Welcome Bloggers! Today I am focusing on the character Victor Frankenstein and his traits and actions towards others. Victor is very focused on his scientific work but how does he react towards others? What is the characterization of Victor Frankenstein?
In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley one of the first characters we are introduced to is Victor Frankenstein. Victor was raised well in a good family with good parents. Wouldn’t that make you think that he would be caring towards other because that’s how he was raised?
Victor is portrayed as selfish; all he is worried about is his scientific creation. Is your job worth losing the people who care about you? He gets so caught up in his work that he forgets the importance of family. He shows harsh actions and ends up abandoning his family for his work. Which is ironic because he was raised with good parents that kept showing how important family is. The quote “No human being could have passed a happier childhood then myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence.” proves that Victor was raised in a positive and healthy environment therefore he should raise the monster in a positive and healthy environment (Shelly 36). He is too busy worrying about himself to even care about other people.
Victor is immature and didn’t think his creation through very well. Ethical concerns were not taken into consideration during the creation of the creature. Victor had hesitated about creating the monster. If he hesitated about creating the monster it obviously wasn’t thought through and it wasn’t a good idea.
Victor has shown a great amount of irresponsibility; he has created the monster and is unable to handle the consequences. Victor is responsible for the murder that the monster committed. If he was responsible, he would have treated the monster as he would treat a young child. But again, he doesn’t understand the importance of family or understand parenting skills because he is irresponsible.
To wrap things up Victor is selfish, immature, and irresponsible. These are not good traits for someone who is creating and trying to raise a monster. I am excited to see what the next few chapters will bring witch Victor and the creature.
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CohenJan, Jon, et al. “The Specter of Frankenstein Still Haunts Science 200 Years Later.” Science, 31 Aug. 2018, www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/specter-frankenstein-still-haunts-science-200-years-later.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Douglas Clegg. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 2013.
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