Hey there! Have you ever read a book where you despised the main character? That is what Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is. Victor Frankenstein is a selfish, arrogant man who takes no responsibility for his actions. He created life, he animated a dead body, but shied away in fear of the grotesque look of the being he created. He looked at his creation as a monster, a beast, and fled: “his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips….. but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.”(Shelley 58-59) He then told no one about what he did and didn’t care for the monster who in reality is just a child. This causes the monster to become bitter because Victor abandoned it instead of raising it with love and affection as you would a child. Yet Victor hates it because of it’s mere ugliness, only seeing what’s before his eyes instead of what’s beyond that, the monster doesn’t know what it looks like, it doesn’t know why it’s being neglected.
He keeps the creature a secret in order to save face, because he doesn’t want to face the shame. He’s so concerned about this fact that he lets a young innocent girl die. He then leaves the creature on its own, all alone and confused, and not knowing anything. But for these chapters it’s in Victors perspective and as I keep reading I get more and more disgusted. He speaks of his guilt and unhappiness, the horrible feelings that swallow him, yet none of those feelings would be there if he had spoken up and got help, or not even had the audacity to try and recreate life. I cannot wait until I get to the part where I can read the story from the monster’s perspective. I feel that it will be very interesting to hear the creature’s point of view, and what it’s like having to figure everything out on it’s own. So I will keep fuming about Victor until my next post and by then I will hopefully be on the monsters point of view. I hope you liked this post, see you soon.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.