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Man, Not Monster?

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.

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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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One thought on “Man, Not Monster?

  1. I agree with the double sided veiw you have in regards to the monster! Infact, your post made me think of the saying “Hurt people, hurt people”. I believe that the monsters actions are at the fault of Victor. He knew that killing people was wrong however his rage toward man made him act this way. All the monster needed was one person to nuture and love him yet no one could. I feel that Victor is the real monster in the story. Not only did he abandon the creature but he left it to be spit on by the rest of people it came across. Overall, I don’t beieve the monster should be held accountable for his actions but Victor.

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