Who is the True Monster?
Frankenstein’s original character status takes a shift, just as the readers see Frankenstein’s monster shift away from his defining name. Finally hearing the monster’s perspective exposes the irony in this particular name. Comparing the two’s shift shows the author’s, Mary Shelly’s, way of twisting up real life spiritual and personal conflict. Displaying this conflict starts at a young age; as little girls play dress up and young boys “shave” with their dads. From youth, humans struggle with identities even though God, our creator, worked so hard to form us into his masterpieces.
In times of struggle sometimes we feel like God abandoned us just as the creature felt when his creator ran in fear when he realized what he created. The monster’s feeling of abandonment worsens throughout Frankenstein’s captivity, therefore the monster eventually escapes with no knowledge of the outside world.
The monsters feelings after hearing his creator’s wrath parallels to the way we assume God feel about us when we get lost from his path. “Remember, thou hast made me more powerful than thyself; my height is superior to thine, my joints more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself in opposition to thee. I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me. Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous." As the monster clings to Frankenstein for guidance and love he continuously displays romanticism. In addition, the monster humbly looks to Frankenstein...
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