After the first blog post I made, I continued to read the book through chapters 8-16. As the book progresses, my theory has been given more ideas to prove it is true.
Beginning in chapter eight, the blame of Williams murder is put on Justine. If it truly was victor who murdered William, my thought is that victor had to cover it up somehow to save himself, to make sure his dark side was not known to the rest of civilization. Victor must have set Justine up, hence why he did not speak up when he could have saved her. Victor is filled with guilt after Justine confesses to the crime and is soon then executed, allowing me to believe that it was victor, again saving himself so his evil side is not discovered.
In chapter nine, victors guilt begins to eat him alive. I find a line from the book particularly interesting. “I wandered like an evil spirit, for I had committed deeds of mischief beyond description” (Shelley, 101). The part about the evil spirit stands out to me, as if victor refers to his dark side as an “evil spirit”. I also think that a deed of mischief beyond description better characterizes a murder than a cover up don’t you think?
A Battle With Himself
In chapter ten, victor is alone in the mountains. All the problems and contradictions victor was faced with were, “subdued and tranquillized” (Shelley, 199). The setting and the feeling of loneliness could affect a person’s mood. “All of soul- inspiriting fled with sleep, and dark melancholy clouded every thought. The rain was pouring in torrents, and thick mists hid the summits of the mountains.” (shelley, 200). This shows when victor awoke, all his problems were back, and then he comes filled with rage and encounters his evil side, face to face. I believe that the setting may have affected victor’s mindset, allowing him to reach the point of insanity bouncing back and forth with his dark side and normal side to make him believe he is talking to the monster. The line “advancing towards me with superhuman speed.” (pg 112). shows how quickly he is maneuvering through his sides as if he is trapped in-between him. I find this whole conversation a way of victor attempting to rid of his evil side and explain how it has ruined his life. it is almost as if victor is confronting it. Another line I find important is “’Begone! I will not hear you. There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies. Begone, or let us try our strength in a fight, in which one must fall.’” (Shelley 114). In the book it is said the monster says these lines but I think it is better explained as that victor has two sides. An evil side and a good side. Victor is in a battle with his evil side but there can be only one winner.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Classic Books, 2000.