The Creator and the Creation: One Identity
In the dark, gothic novel Frankenstein a young Victor Frankenstein, out of a desire for knowledge, creates a monster out of a combination of corpses out of his years of work. The people who encounter the creation hate him and are disgusted by him. Victor’s desire for knowledge, his emotions, and ideas are manifested and reflected in the monster.
The monster is created with no understanding of basic things like light or noise. He says, “A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt, at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses.”(Shelley 92) The creation begins his journey out into the world quickly learning and adapting. He first discovers fire and then civilization in a small village. The monster is drawn in by the life of the village, but the villages attack him and drive the monster away. Victor’s creation wanders through the wilderness trying to find a home. The creation finds an old shed behind a quaint cabin. He acquires a fondness for the family inside, the De Lacy’s, and watches them through a hole in the shed. The creation says, “What chiefly struck me was the gentle manners of these people; and I longed to join them, but I dared not.” (Shelley 99) The monster slowly learns to talk, to write, geography, history, and just like his creator, natural philosophy. The creation finds a bag containing the novels Paradise Lost, a volume of Plutarch's Lives, the Sorrows of Werter. He soaks up everything from the books, further extending his knowledge, conscience, and understanding. The monster begins to understand what an abomination he is, and his hatred toward himself and creator for giving him this burden of a conscious existence. His knowledge drives him to hate, just as Victor had done before.
Also, Victor Frankenstein gives not just life to his creation, but he gives emotions as well. The...
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