Who is Guiltier?

Reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has made me realize that the plot is full of many tragedies and mistakes; some greater than other. The battle seems to mostly fall between the two main characters: Victor Frankenstein and the Creature; but who is guiltier?

Let’s look at Victor Frankenstein’s side of the story first. He’s an innocent little boy who is raised very well and has a great family life growing up, until his mother passes away. Could this have sparked something in his head? Could this have created a need for passion towards something such as making a creature? As Victor gets older the knowledge he gains is put towards the mistake bringing a creature to life. Shortly following that comes another mistake, abandoning this creature. Did Victor know that it would cause horror for the future? Later throughout the novel, Victor’s brother is murdered and he knows that it isn’t the person who is being accused; Justine. He doesn’t say anything or speak up for her, and this leads to tragedy. Would it have changed if he spoke up? After, Victor meets up with the creature and is begged to bring a female version of the creature to life. Victor accepts the mission but then puts it off, knowing how much trouble it could create. Victor says himself, “I thought of Elizabeth, of my father, and of Clerval- all left behind, on whom the monster might satisfy his sanguinary and merciless passions” (Shelley 186). Victor knows the creature is now coming for his friends and family and does nothing about it. This results in the murder of his best friend Henry and his newly wed Elizabeth. Would telling his friends and family change anything? Could he have not protected them better? In anger, Victor makes it his mission to kill his creature. This leads to his last mistake. During his journey, he gets stranded in the cold but is picked up by a ship. Due to his ill conditions, he dies.  

I feel that Victor’s mother’s death has a large role in Victor’s cling for knowledge. I believe he discovers something he loves to replace his love for his mother. This possibly influences him to create life. However, Victor should’ve realized the terrible (and biggest) mistake he was making. Abandoning his creature created a whole other disturbance. Victor should have realized the damage he was doing when choosing to run away from his problems. His mistakes cost others and their lives. He could have spoke up for Justine and try to prevent her death. He could have told everyone the truth and prevented many deaths. Unfortunately, Victor chose the selfish route and damaged his life, the creature’s life, his friends lives, his loved one’s lives, and many other innocent lives.

On the other hand, the creature had many mistakes of his own. After being abandoned, he lashes out and murders Victor’s brother William. Is it a reasonable thing to do for revenge? Are his actions sparked by something? He then frames an innocent girl, Justine, for murder; who is later killed for being pronounced guilty. Other mistakes are made when the creature lashes out due to the fact Victor destroyed his one wish: to make another creature so he has a companion. With anger, the creature kills Victor’s best friend Henry and his newly wed Elizabeth. Did he have the right to act out like this? He then leads Victor on a chase for months, which ends up getting Victor killed.

I believe that all of the creature’s mistakes were do to his painful life of misery, abandonment, and loneliness. These factors can make people do indescribable things, however the creature still could have made better choices and found other ways to deal with his problems. The creature says, “Do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse? My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of change without torture such as you cannot even imagine!” (Shelley 238).

In conclusion, I think they are both equally guilty. No matter how bad of a place you are in life at the moment, the overall decision of your actions is made by you. There are many ways to deal with your problems, and these ways could have prevented both Victor and the creature from creating mistakes and tragedies.

 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.

The Role of Abandonment

The role of abandonment in Frankenstein plays a HUGE part of the novel. To be lonely is one hard thing to go through, to feel lonely is a whole other level of sadness. When abandoned by his own creator, Victor Frankenstein, how do you think the creature feels?

Abandonment is severely damaging to one’s mind and emotions. It can cause loneliness, anger, the feeling of being undesired, the feeling of being left behind, one to be anti-social, mental health issues, a need for a reaction, a crave of attention and acceptance, a want for someone to tell you that you are important, a flare in revenge, and much more. How would you feel if you were abandoned by your parents, and rejected by the rest of the world? Well, whatever feelings just came across you, that is how Frankenstein’s creature feels constantly.

In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, Victor creates a hideous creature. However, the creature still has feelings that any other human being would have. He experiences all the pain of abandonment. The creature is abandoned right from birth, as if he is a baby left on someone else’s front porch. The difference is, that baby would be found, accepted, and cared for. The creature on the other hand has nobody and every human he comes across screams in terror, as he’s not a normal looking “human”. He faces the biggest challenge that is barely survivable to man kind: to figure out how to live life on his own.

Right from the beginning of his life, the creature has no one. “All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you sport thus with life?” the creature cries with pain (Shelley, 104). His pain and agony reflects and shows in his actions. He tries to have human interaction by confronting villagers in their villages, as he needs attention, acceptance, to be desired and wanted, and to feel important. However, the creature is rejected and abandoned all over again. His sadness slowly turns into anger and a flare of revenge comes upon him. He murders his creators brother William Frankenstein and blames it on Victor’s cousin Justine. When he hunts down Victor, he begs Victor to make another female version of himself, so he no longer has to be in pain from loneliness. The creature says, “If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.” (Shelley, 104). When Victor abandons this mission, the anger floods within the creature and revenge is a MUST. He kills Henry, Victor’s best friend, and Elizabeth, Victor’s wife.

This all proves that the role of abandonment is what creates the emotions of the creature, the actions of the creature, and overall the events in the story. How crazy different would the story be if Victor never abandons his creature? The only positive thing that comes out of the creature’s devastating abandonment is that he learns to be independent and learns to do things on his own, but look how far that gets him…

 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.

Love is Blinding

After reading the first ten chapters of Frankenstein, I have determined a theory for Victor’s lack of socialism, his continuous isolation, and his plenty of bad decisions; you are blinded from the things that you love.

When you hear the saying, Love is Blind, most would assume that it means the lack of attention towards something due to a love for someone, like a girl shutting out her friends because of her insane love towards her boyfriend/girlfriend. Or perhaps a girl who doesn’t notice the faults in the boy/girl because she is so in love with him. People perceive those they love in an extra-positive, but also less realistic, view, which can sometimes lead to disaster.

If you haven’t started making connections already, Victor can relate to this exact idea of love creating blindness. The difference being, is Victor develops a love for something, not someone. He develops a strong love for knowledge, as Victor describes, “I was capable of a more intense application and was more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge,” (Shelley, 35). Victor’s love for knowledge continues when he leaves home for the university of Ingolstadt and puts his love into his passion for natural philosophy and chemistry. This love continues to grow and he becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life. This is when disaster begins to strike.

Victors blindness from love makes him not realize the harm he’s creating. His love and passion causes him to lack being social. At this point, Victor has no friends and shuts himself into his apartment full of his scientific experiments. He isolates himself from his family and the outside world. Victor mentions it himself, “And the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused e also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time,” (Shelley, 55). This is similar to the idea of a girl shutting out her friends because of her insane love towards her boyfriend/girlfriend. Secondly, Victor is so in-love with his work, that he doesn’t see the catastrophe that he is creating. Victor creates a monster, which leads to further consequences such as murder. This relates to a girl not seeing the faults in her boy/girl because she is so in love with him. Not only does Victor’s blind love cause misery for himself, but it causes misery for many others, such as his family; which is truly sad.

Overall, I think this connection between the idea that you are blinded from the things you love and the idea of Victor is blinded from his love for knowledge allows us as readers to easily understand why the events that happen occur. I think it’s interesting that Shelley Mary uses the contradicting idea of love leading to disaster. So please, if you fall in love with someone or something, DO NOT bring a creature to life!

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.

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