‘ In its own narrow being, but aspire. Beyond the fitting medium of desire’
As I have now finished and completed the book Frankenstein, I saw how the author, Mary Shelly focused on the mastery of God as the one and only creator of life and the world around it. As I said in the last blog, the creature’s terrifying appearance lead to the abandonment by Victor and the rejection by the rest of humankind. This showed how men aren’t capable of matching God’s perfection when creating man. Victor showed his cowardly mistakes throughout the book. He decided to not face his problems that he created and instead chose his selfish desire that lead to the death of his loved ones. I realized he never learned from his mistakes and made the situation worse. Victor is a perfect example of how mankind cannot match God’s ability to create.
At the beginning of the book his negative actions started coming out when he revealed his obsession for science and shut everyone out for two years while he worked on his project; creating the Creature. “I seemed to loss all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit.” (Shelly 55). Victor said this to himself when he withdrew from being with his family and instead focused on his scientific desire to create and complete his creation. This showed that Victor became independent and didn’t need affection from his loved ones who missed him. This imperfection was the first fail to meeting requirements of God’s perfection as God is known for putting others’ feelings and love before his own, where Victor blocked out his family and had only a desire to finish his project.
After Victor put so much time and effort into his creation; a living and breathing being, he became very upset with the outcome and abandoned his Creature as he claimed it was ‘hideous’ and ‘terrifying.’ Although this was a cruel and mean thing to do, Victor couldn’t bear to tell anyone as he was so ashamed of the creature he had created. Keeping it a secret was selfish and was a poor choice as his family was unaware of this Creature and it’s potential danger towards humankind. Keeping the Creature a secret, caused Victor to pull himself further and further away from society. The Creature followed Victor as he wanted companionship. Eventually the Creature convinced Victor to create another being like the Creature. The Creature promised Victor that he and its companion would go far away, leaving Victor alone and not harming human beings. Victor promised the Creature he would do this. This is where Victor should have followed through with his promise, as he should have recognized that the Creature was dangerous and capable of killing. Instead Victor did not want to ‘sell his soul’ and break his promise even though the Creature threatened to kill Victor’s loved ones. “It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding night.” (Shelly 182). This was spoken by the Creature directed at Victor, warning him that he will pay the price of breaking a promise on his special night. Once again, Victor did not listen and just wanted to be happy, so he decided to marry Elizabeth. The Creature showed up and killed Elizabeth and Victor’s father, leaving Victor more alone than ever.
Victor showed his bad decisions and mistakes from the beginning to the end of the book and they all resulted in a negative way. First Victor blocked out his family and science became his only desire. Then he abandoned his creation because of it’s appearance and he kept this dangerous living being a secret to his family; unwilling to the tell the truth. Lastly, he abandoned his promise and decided to get married but did not think the Creature would ‘follow through’ with his warning. In the end of the book Victor was more alone than ever with his loved ones murdered by his neglected creation. Victor’s poor and risky actions showed me that mankind will never match the perfection of the one and only creator; God. A question that remains in my head after reading this book was in the end, after all the destruction, did he second guess his actions and behaviours? What or did he ever learn from these outcomes?
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.