So the book is finished, and it ended with even more death because that’s what the book needs more death. But after all is said and done, how reliable is the information that we read in the book. After all we heard the information form 3 point of views deep. The information probably isn’t so reliable as the monsters point of view would have been told through Victors point of view and then through Walton’s. How much of what we read is influenced by the others characters personal opinions and ideals. Unfortunately for us we have now way of telling what has been influenced or changed. We can infer that the monsters point of view would have changed drastically, however it does not seem so because it depicts him as a man not as the beast Victor views him as. That said perhaps victor decides to tell his story unbiased out of respect of Walton or for some other reason. Also another point of worth giving attention to is the future of the monster he said he is to die now but how and why. Sure he has no creator (who never cared about him), no friends, no wife, a pretty garbage life in general, but why die? He could do pretty much anything now. but instead he choses to die. So sad.
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, the monster is always introduced as The Monster, however once victor meets the monster it becomes rather clear that he in fact does have feelings and emotions, even a thought process. Woah. He learns to speak and read, he finds beauty in nature as it becomes spring time despite the depression he feels towards his self. Unfortunately the world doesn’t see him as a man only a monster. This depresses him and he feels more negative feelings, to swear revenge against all humans, especially Victor. In spite of his vow he tries to save a young girl from drowning, and then gets shot by her father. What a nice guy. After that you’d have to be pretty bitter however next time he meets a small child he is once again forgetting his vow, instead he wishes to tutor the boy, which is William, and make him understand that the monster is not a monster. Unfortunately for William, he mentions his father and in turn the monster slaughters William with righteous condemnation for revenge purposes, which kind of makes him a monster.
However, the monster also asks Victor for a wife when they meet which means he longs for someone to share the world with him: “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. my companion must be of the same species and have the same defects.”(Shelly, 155.) maybe not a monster, even thought his wife would also be hated, feared, maybe shot and only ever be able to be with him without choice or the choice would be with me or no one. Ooh a forced relationship, juicy. It would also seem the vow he made means little to him now seeing as Victor is still living and not throttled, or he’ll get his wife and then he’ll kill him.
So is the monster a monster? I guess that’s up for debate, on one hand he’s got feelings and desires, on the other he killed a young boy. He wants to feel love, but he vows to exterminate all human life (not quite, but were going with it). So which is it? It’s up to your personal preference really. And with that the post is concluded. Yay.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, et al. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Signet Classics, 2013.
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