Welcome back my curious tadpoles to another froggy bloggy. When you think of the novel Frankenstein, and I say the word monster, you probably would think I’m talking about Victors creation. But is he the real monster? Think about this, a child looks up to their parents to learn how to do life’s simple things, relating to the novel because of how the creature looks up to Victor as his father. A parents actions have a major influence on how the child is going to act, so just think for a minute, wouldn’t Victors actions and behavior towards the creature impact on how he grows to be? Lets talk about it.
Okay, so it all starts when Victors creature came alive, he was shy and happy. But as Victor and the monsters relationship progresses, it almost seems like Victor regrets making the monster. Victor was almost convinced into making the monster a female companion, since all the monster wanted was to start a family. Victor being the person he is, decides to run away after telling the monster he would make him another one repeatedly, leaving the monster alone with no one. Do you like to be lied to? Not only did Victor leave him all alone, he also never thought about the monsters feelings. The monster says “Shall each man find a wife for his bosom, and each beast has his mate, and I be alone?”(Shelley 182). Victor demonstrates very rude behavior as he replies “Begone! I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity and wickedness” (181). This makes me feel sorry for the creature because of how badly victor treats him, since the creature wouldn’t know any other way to act because he never had a good influence to follow.
Imagine, being released into society, being helpless to combat the horrors of life. That’s exactly what the creature went through. Now, the definition of monster typically comes up as a large, ugly frightening imaginary creature, but as many people would say the proper definition is an inhumanly cruel or wicked person. The second one relates to the novel more, because if I had to describe Victor, I feel that inhumanly cruel and wicked would both be good options for describing Victor. Yes, he is just a person who made a bad mistake of making something that would soon grow out of his control, but you have to think about his carelessness towards the monster, and how he did not consider how the creature would feel when Victor would treat him like crap and/or when Victor would leave the monster alone with no one. I feel that the reason why the creature is considered the monster is because of his looks; his yellow toned skin, black hair, and black lips, making all of us judge Victors creation before it had time to show it’s true nature. Perhaps we should have been paying more attention to Victors evil personality before judging his so called “MONSTER”.
The ending of the novel was surprising to me. I didn’t think that the creature would actually seek revenge by killing Victor, but the creatures touching words made be believe that it was the only way the creature would feel happy “My life, as it passed, was indeed hateful to me and it was during sleep alone that I could taste joy” (222). This really pulled at my heartstrings as it shows the true pain the creature had went through. Do you think it was the right thing to do? There is many different ways you could view this and those where just my thoughts about it. As you have reached the end of my froggy bloggy, I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read and consider my thoughts. So, I am leaving you with one last question… what really makes a human “human”?
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.