Since my last blog entry I’ve read another 8 chapters, this book is still getting better and better with each page read and continues to pull me in and excite me for what’s to come. The perspective changes during these chapters from Victor to his monster. This switch in perspective is super effective and demonstrates excellent character development for the monster. With this perspective switch it also offers character development for other characters such as Victor which is important for plot development as well. Being roughly two thirds of the way through this book I can already tell it’s one of the better books I’ve read and this could be due to the fact that I can connect some of my personal experiences and real life situations to some of the events in Frankenstein. You may find this odd but the monster reminds me very much of a dog, a dog just wants to be loved by it’s owner and is more or less obsessed with it’s owner. During the story that the monster tells Victor, the monster is basically stalking a family (in a harmless way) and learning from them. After awhile the monster finally went to the house while only a blind man was home and tried to get the family to accept the monster into the family and love him. Just the thought process of the monster reminds me of the a dog. A quote that demonstrates this is in chapter 15, the monster, during his explanation of his entire story, states that “The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures; to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection was the utmost limit of my ambition.” (Shelley, 142) When I read that I immediately thought of my own dog who loves affection from his owners.
I can say that I am very excited to read the last third of this book. I am specifically excited to see Victor’s reaction to his monster’s story. I feel like there is a chance that the monster’s story will convince Victor that the monster isn’t this disgusting creation that Victor thinks he is and if that happens I hope that Victor can realize that the monster isn’t at all what he thinks the monster is and that he’s the real “monster”. Although, if Victor stays his normal, selfish self, then I’m curious as to what his reaction will be. If it’s a bad reaction then I’m also curious as to how the monster will react to Victor if he does have an outburst of some sort.
A topic I wanted to focus on for this blog entry was the fact that the monster asks “Who was I? What was I?” (Shelley, 138) I feel that this shows how far along the monster has come from the start of his existence until now. He started off as this “being” who didn’t know anything and in a fairly short amount of time he’s taught himself how to read/understand words and speak a language. After asking these questions, the monster is becoming so aware that he won’t be accepted into society and that he doesn’t belong anywhere, resulting in the monster questioning life and the reason that he is alive, this is a thought that I’m sure everybody has thought at one point. Why are we here? The monster is asking the same questions as any “normal” human would. I just thought Mary Shelley did a great job with the character development of Victor’s monster. It’s almost like the monster is becoming more human than Victor, Victor being this selfish jerk who doesn’t work on himself as a person, and the monster who is constantly trying to better himself to achieve being able to be labelled “normal”. As I am typing all of this though a little part of me is telling me that I’m completely wrong and that the monster is actually lying and that he’s just going to kill Victor because maybe the monster is angry that things didn’t work out with the De Lacey’s (the family from the cottage).
One more thing about the monster that I wanted to note is towards the end of chapter 15 when the monster states “I could have torn him limb from limb, as the lion rends the antelope.” (Shelley, 145) I wanted to address this because it shows that the monster is completely aware that he can just destroy any normal human. I think this is going to come into play later in the book and that the monster is actually going to start using his strength to kill or maybe to intimidate or enslave someone. I say this because things haven’t worked out for the monster and his interactions with humans so I feel that the monster is smart enough to realize that he can just force people to do what he wants, or they die, which could make for some really good plot development. I will be writing a third blog once I finish the book, by then I hope to talk about character development, some plot development, and to see if I was correct in predicting some events that could potentially occur during the rest of this book.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013