I previously started the novel Frankenstein and for the next few blogs will be expressing my opinion on the book. I am currently on chapter 9. So far in the book, I have gotten to know one of the main characters, Victor Frankenstein. Victor’s character, as described in the first 8 chapters, is complicated to me. It begins by sharing how he was an affectionate and loving son and brother towards his family members, but then his obsession of science exposes a completely inhuman side that contradicts his original description.
“She stood to me- more than a sister, since till death she was to be mine only.” (Shelly 34).
This quote was spoken by Victor and he said it to himself. He was talking about his newly adopted sister Elizabeth. Victor’s reaction towards his newest family member was expressed in this quote, revealing his deep love and affection for her. It goes on to tell about the closeness of their relationship, as they were close in age and were inseparable play mates. This portrayed Victor as a caring, loving brother towards his immediate family.
Victor’s character has also shown that he has an obsession with science, which reveals a very inhumane side. Although he does not admit to the obsession, his actions and inner thoughts have proved that he is highly interested in science and has a desire to learn about everything.
“From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of term, became nearly my sole occupation.” (Shelly 50)
This was the spark of desire that lead him to pull away from society and start his idea of creating a human being. After two years of hard work on this project, he achieves his obsession and successfully creates the being! As it came to life though, Victor’s reactions were outstandingly different from that of a loving and affectionate brother. Instead Victor becomes heartless and inhuman by rejecting this new creation that he no longer believes is a human being.
“the miserable monster whom I created” (Shelly 59).
This quote defined what Victor called his creation. He based his feelings about the “monster” off it’s looks. Victor felt so disgusted by his creation he abandoned it and left the room fast. This reaction showed that Victor felt his creation was a failure, and looked at it not as a human being who needed love and guidance, but a scary monster that he didn’t want any part of.
At this point in the novel, I am starting to think that Victor isn’t a kind loving guy as he exposed a cold, cruel side towards this science project that clearly is a living, breathing human being.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.