The Downfall and Portrayal of Frankenstein's Monster

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Frankenstein’s monster demands that Frankenstein creates him a female companion. Frankenstein agrees to this in the hopes that he will be left in peace. However during creation of the female, and the monster watching him work, it dawns on him the reality of the hideous act he is embarking upon. Overcome by the image of the monster and the idea of creating another like him, Frankenstein destroys his work. The monster is distraught over Frankenstein’s actions and explains the misery he has been through whilst perusing him - he explains that he will make Victor pay if he refuses to create him his female mate.

The passage begins with the sentence “The hour of my weakness is past and the period of your power has arrived.” This is an example of the gothic genre and also an example of how Mary Shelley manages to steer away from the classical form of gothic writing, instead placing fear in the human mind via the human psyche.

One feels as though Frankenstein is acting as a slave to the monster in creating him a female. However, he comes to his senses and decides that this had been an ‘hour of weakness’ that must end in juxtaposition with the monster’s power. As the reader one is aware that the monster is capable of murder, and are fearful of Frankenstein’s fate in refusing to continue with the creation of the female companion. Stating that the monster cannot persuade him to create ‘wickedness’, infers that the female companion is something inhuman or unearthly, reinforcing the idea of the unnatural nature of his creation. However on reflection and realisation of the monster’s wickedness Frankenstein ceases the creation and instead to the monsters horror destroys it.

The above passage is an example of embedded narrative. It is in this passage that Victor is speaking in the first person to Walton.

Victor says “should I in cold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon, whose delight is in death and wretchedness”. The words cold blood, daemon, death and wretchedness are all examples of gothic imagery used to illustrate the appearance and nature of female monster. There appears to be an analogy drawn between the description of the monster and of a daemon. It is here that an allegory of the daemon in Milton’s paradise lost is used when referring to Frankenstein’s own created monster. Initially we are lead to believe that the monster is Adam, while the hubris is manifested in the role of Victor. However, the monster also fits and takes the role of the Daemon, assuming the role of Satan, a fallen archangel who engineers the fall of Adam bringing Sin and Death into the world. This was an act carried out by the monster who, abandoned by Frankenstein, was left to fend for himself, as well as to contend with feelings of isolation and neglect. The nemesis of Frankenstein’s actions, in the pursuit of dangerous knowledge, become clear when the monster, hoping to make Frankenstein share his feelings of isolation and abandonment in the world, begins killing those nearest and dearest to him.

Frankenstein, decides that it is due to the feelings of anger associated for the monster killing his brother, that reinforce his firm decision not to create the monster a companion. “Begone!” I am firm and your words will only exasperate my rage.” Using elevated lexis such as the word “begone” illustrate his determination to not listen to what the monster has to say and as though the monster’s actions speak louder than his words. It is also as if Frankenstein is trying to create excuses when denying the monster of a female companion. Femininity is a theme that runs throughout the text, given that Shelly’s mother was a feminist it is not surprising.. The fact that Frankenstein destroyed, and now refuses to create the female figure can be seen as an anti-feminist action. It is as though Victor fears the ability of the female to reproduce, to “create a race of devils” juxtaposed with his fear of the female possibly failing to...
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