While reading the book “Frankenstein”, written by Mary Shelly the main character Victor Frankenstein, a mad scientist creates a human being using body parts and makes a creature that comes to life. In the book the creature becomes sad and hates his life which makes him turn evil, he begins killing people trying to get revenge on his maker, Frankenstein. Some thoughts that have crossed my mind while reading is, what made him evil?
When Victor created the creature, he left him behind. The creature was then forced to learn how to live on his own not knowing how to communicate or live around other humans. Other people began to be afraid of him, he was an outcast and viewed as the monster he was. The creature then felt very lonely and realized that no one loved him. The monster turned his sadness into anger and tried to take his life’s misfortunes out on his creator. He wanted Victor to feel the same way that he felt and murdered those that Victor loved the most. Victors guilt over the death of his family all being caused by his selfish desire to create the monster further caused his misery and distance to the creature. “I had cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish, to riot in the excess of my despair. Evil hence forth became my good.” (Shelly) the monster says this and it explains how he had turned everything good inside of him to anger and becomes evil. I think the creature was serving to Victor what he thought justice should be.
The monster wanted was a family or someone to love him. He felt in his life he was totally alone and unloved by everyone and it psychologically proven that people need companionship in life. Even in the time when this book was written there are things we can learn about our mental states. Guilt can physical disable a person and cause sickness until death. So is Victor himself evil by allowing others to suffer because he can’t tell the truth. Victor doesn’t want people to know about the monster because they will think he is mad but in the end Victor I think becomes a bit mad. Victor believes his destiny was something he could not change.
Let’s look at the story from Frankenstein’s monsters’ perspective, being a hideous monster brought to life by someone who fears you and is embarrassed of you, he won’t even tell anyone about his hideous creation. That would be very diminishing to the creature, even his own maker or father figure doesn’t even love him. Imagine if that was you, no one loves you and you were just viewed as a monster even though you just want to love someone, you really aren’t a monster on the inside you’re actually very sensitive and longing for someone but on the outside you are just an ugly monster, and no one sees the real you. They just see what’s on the outside and put a label on you because of what you look like. I think in the monster’s defense that would get quite old after some time and maybe I would want revenge on the person that caused me that long life of loneliness and misery as well.
Victor thought there was noting he could do about the monster, he thought that he was stuck and there was nothing he could do about this life he created for himself. he believed his destiny was to have his life destroyed by his creation. But what he doesn’t know is that your destiny is what you make it. Frankenstein easily could have changed his destiny as well as the monsters but instead he chose to hide and accept his destiny and have is life be destroyed. and Victor created a monster inside of himself as well as his creation.
Now I think we can all learn from the novel Frankenstein. Through the way we view ourselves and how we view others. Mary Shelley does a great job illustrating this throughout the whole book using the monster. He was hideous and even he knew he was, and he was an outcast because of it. He had no one and it caused him to do things he never would have if he was loved by someone. And I think we can take that and use it in our own lives and not judge a book by its cover and think before we say things to people, go out of your way to make others feel better because they could be battling their own internal war with themselves. I think the creature was serving to Victor what he thought justice should be. And another thing we can learn is that our destiny is what we make it and if you sit back and accept your destiny then that’s what you’re going to get from life.