Who Is the Monster in Frankenstein?

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“Frankenstein is a story about what happens when a man tries to have a baby without a woman.”—Anne K. Mellor Who is the monster? In my opinion the monster is Victor Frankenstein who neglected his parental duties and neglected his child. Frankenstein’s egotistical desire to create life was only to prove his supreme power over life and death itself. He created life without considering the ramifications of doing so. He had no loving pre-conception feelings for the child he was bringing into this world. It was always just an experiment. He failed to consider how a being such as he designed would be accepted into society and how someone so grossly disfigured and massively proportioned would fit in with other being. It is his deformity and general appearance that causes his isolation and rejection from society. The creature was naturally a good soul, despite the absence of parenting and guidance until he encountered society. When the creature attempted to befriend anyone or had any contact with society, he was run from or they tried to kill him. Even though he provided firewood to the De Lacey’s and they regarded him as “a good spirit”, when he presented himself to them, they beat him and ran away. He saved the life of a young girl who was drowning and was shot for his efforts. It is his appearance, created by Victor Frankenstein, which alienates him from society and ultimately turns him to revenge against his creator. Frankenstein not only literally created the creature, but his reaction to his “birth” and subsequent neglect and abuse essentially created the psychological monster. From the moment of animation, Frankenstein was disgusted and repulsed by his creation. Rather than accept his child as he created, he abandons his newborn and all of his parental responsibilities. He never questioned where his abandoned child was and he even wished that the creature were dead. He continually refers to him as a “monster”, “fiend”, “demon” in a verbally abusive manner. As...
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