May 1, 2011
English IV -8TH
Mary Shelley in her Gothic novel Frankenstein introduces us to the ultimate betrayal between Victor Frankenstein, a mad scientist, and the characters throughout the novel. Shelley exhibits the theme of betrayal throughout the novel to convey the themes of secrecy and betrayal.
The creature, the antagonist throughout Frankenstein, is Victor Frankenstein creation from assembled old body parts and strange chemicals. He enters life extremely tall and strong but with the mind of an infant. He recalls his first moments: “It was dark when I awoke, I felt cold also, and half frightened, as it were finding myself so desolate.” An infant’s first moments are usually spent with its parents and the creature was left abandoned. Meanwhile, Victor keeps the creation of the creature a secret from his family, because he does not meet Europe’s standards. He keeps the creature a secret out of shame and guilt; Therefore, the creature is forced into seclusion because of his grotesque appearance.
In its preface, Frankenstein claims to be a novel that gives a flattering depiction of “domestic affection”, which juxtaposes greatly with the themes of isolation and betrayal throughout the novel. The theme of isolation is exhibited at its best when the creature states “You my creator, abhor me, what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me.” The ultimate betrayal is the one Frankenstein exhibits upon the creature, leaving him alone to face all the realities of the world alone from day one. The creature knows that Frankenstein would gladly murder him, claiming “you would…with a satisfied conscience, destroy your creature.”
Even though the creature was forced to learn things on his own, he is well aware of what a father son relationship should be: “the father doated on the smiles of the infant, and the lively sallies of the older child, how all the...
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