Betrayal to Avoid Consequences
Has someone ever shown a lack of responsibility in an action and then committed betrayal to avoid consequences for their action? Ethical appeals have been used in stories since their existence and have often depicted betrayal and responsibility. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the movie The Incredibles directed by Brad Bird, and director Doug Liman’s Mr. And Mrs. Smith, betrayal is depicted as the best choice of certain characters for their problems. These works illustrate that people betray others to avoid consequences or a negative outcome from an action. In the novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein betrays his creation’s wishes out of fear of a negative outcome and more destruction. After the creation asks for a companion, one whom might understand him, Frankenstein agrees. He builds trust by saying, “I consent to your demand, on your solemn oath to quit Europe forever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of man…” (Shelley 136). In a response to Victor he cries out “I Swear” (Shelley 136). After this decision and acting upon the request, Frankenstein has second thoughts. He feels that the new creation might disagree with the fiend and not want to be secluded. Even more prevalent on his mind is his fear that they might create children, or that “a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth that might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.” (Shelley 153). This would be turning everything he once worked for with pride into a dream of terror and horror that would affect his life, love, and work. The feelings of the fiend are prevalent when he says, “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.” (Shelley197). The creation speaks of how Victor Frankenstein treated him and how he was betrayed once again so Frankenstein could avoid the suffering of consequences. Using imagery of...
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