Oh how has Hollywood changed the story and lost the meanings of Frankenstein, for the themes have been missed by many people that have only seen the movies and not have read the book. One such theme Mary Shelly gives the reader is the power of Fate versus Free Will. Victor is found by Robert Walton in the artic while Victor is trying to capture a monster that he has created. Victor flashes back to his past and tells Robert how he created the monster and how the monster killed off his family. He warns Robert about many things by telling him how he reacted and why he reacted that way. Throughout the entire book, the main character Victor Frankenstein, says that it was his fate to create the monster and to let it rampage around the country. Every character resigns to the power of fate stating that it was up to the power of the heavens expect for the monster. The monster says that Fate does not exist but he can create his own future. Shelly uses the Victor, Justine, and the monster in Frankenstein to show the reader about Fate versus Free Will. In the very beginning of the book, Victor believes that it was his fate to become what he was.
“I thank you,” he replied,” for your sympathy, but it is useless; my fate is nearly fulfilled. I wait but for one event, and then I shall repose in peace.” (letter 4.13)
In this quote, Robert Walton is the point of view the reader is seeing from and he has recently picked up Victor from the artic. Victor was sickened by his chase for the monster and he wants to give his life story to Robert. In this quote, Victor says that whatever he does, this one even will happen, he has no control if it the event. He believes that his fate cannot be changed and he has to go with it until the very end. This submissiveness to Fate seems to indicate that he believes that it was not his fault for creating the monster and it killed off his family. The heavens control all and I have no way to stop anything they want