Negligence is something purely toxic. It took my my first two blog posts to finally come to the fact that negligence is my overall theme of these blogs. I feel that Frankenstein is the the perfect example of the repercussions of negligence and here’s why:
This story is honestly quite tragic and depressing. I can’t really pinpoint the reason it was written but at the same time, it makes so much sense. There’s so many messages and themes in this story that it’s hard to keep track. I have to admit that this story is far ahead of its time. Let’s break it down. There’s Victor, the “antagonist” and his monster the “protagonist.” At the beginning of the book, it was the other way around but at the end of the story, it became quite apparent which was which. Since the beginning, Victor was obsessed with the never ending “pursuit of knowledge” when his monster was just trying to survive and find out why he was here. Both where empty souls looking for a reason to live. At the end , neither where fulfilled. Thus, the monster ends with an overwhelming vendetta to remove from victors life, everything he loves. When Victor returns to the resting place of William, Elizabeth and his father, “The deep grief which this scene had first excited quickly gave way to rage and despair.” (Shelly 193) To this day, Victor still blames the monster and not his unwillingness to watch over it and satisfy it’s desires.
I find it very hard to sympathize with Victors feelings because when it comes down to it, Victor’s the one to blame for everything. Even in the end, he’s too blind to see that with him creating the monster, it’s his responsibility. He had all the power in the world to meet it’s expectations as a father figure and provide for him. He could’ve taught it right from wrong. Victor, being the stubborn, arrogant and egotistical person he is, could never come to the realization that if he didn’t create this abomination, his family would still be alive. I like to think to myself that there’s an alternate edition to this book where Victor creates the monster and somehow integrates it into his life. He has had every opportunity to help his creature. I think that every one of the monsters actions where justified. Starting from his demands, to the consequences that he followed through with. Victor didn’t see a genuine person behind the face of his creature and thus, his family was slaughtered.
I’m going to deconstruct the actions of Frankenstein monster. You can tell that he’s very intelligent. He’s an empathetic being who can learn from his mistakes. He steals food from a poor family but after seeing how that negatively affected them, he decides to collect food, firewood and even does chores to make up for his misdeeds. Eventually, he gets fed up with being called ugly and kills William Frankenstein, Victors brother. This is when the Monsters revenge begins. It’s only natural though. When normal people are bullied for things they cannot change, they tend to act out. In the monsters case, it was a vendetta against his creator. After Victor falls short on his promise and aborts a companion for the monster, the monster swears revenge against everything Victor loves. Personally, I can relate to the monster. I was once in a state where I was heartbroken and wished to remove the possibility of someone to love as well. Thankfully, I found a new outlet. My way of exacting revenge is to project my own feelings of emptiness upon the ones who deserve it. Instead of taking things from people, I give them my dark feelings and force them to empathize me. It’s always how I dealt with people that I didn’t like. Passive aggression as you will.
Overall, I think Frankenstein was an absolutely fantastic read and it’s no wonder why it’s still so popular today. I think everyone should give it a read, no matter what age. I love the messages and underlying themes. Marry Shelly does a fantastic job at painting a dark, yet thoughtful image that really makes the reader think and forces them to relate to the events.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Modern Library, 1999.