Dr. Ted Billy
24 February 2015
The Creature’s Humanity and Victor’s Inhumanity
Who is the real monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? It seems obvious to many that the real monster would be the creature forged by Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is a scientist with the extreme goal to reanimate the deceased. He is passionate in his work. So passionate that he distances himself from the ones he loves. Fully enveloped in his quest, Victor successfully brings a creature into being. In the process of creating the creature, Victor Frankenstein himself becomes the monster. When the creature is first awakened, he has no concepts of good and evil. He knows nothing. The creature can be likened to a newly born baby, although babies aren’t usually created out of a mad pursuit of knowledge by a scientist. The birth of the creature was unnatural. Constructed from body parts by the hands of Victor Frankenstein. When Victor Frankenstein first lays eyes on his creature, he is absolutely terrified. Victor is full of regret and leaves. Victor abandons the creature he put so much effort into building. The creature is then left with no one to care for it, no one to teach him about living, and no one to love him. The creature is gentle and does not mean harm to anyone, but the creature is rejected for his hideous looks everywhere he goes. Seeking out love and attention, the creature is ultimately denied by everyone. The creature is lonely. The creature learns how to read and talk during his time spent in the woods. The creature learns speech by observing the De Lacey family from their window. He becomes intelligent. When the creature decides that he wants finally meet the family, they are repulsed by him and shoo him away. The creature shows compassion when he rescues a young woman from drowning, but he is not in any way rewarded with kindness for his good deeds. After reading the notes left by Frankenstein in his pocket, the creature sets...
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