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Revenge: Novel and Creature

By inessa12 Mar 26, 2009 931 Words
Revenge is a strong negative emotion, that some people may feel they need to do in order to lay something to rest. Some people may seek revenge because they might not be able to deal with the situation in another way. Others may want to get revenge because the person may possible deserved it. In some cases, revenge can be justified as a punishment. In a novel “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley, revenge is justified as a punishment. If a person commits a crime, they should be punished as with any justice system. However, in this novel the punishment may have not been

Mary Shelley wrote a novel called “Frankenstein”. In the novel “Frankenstein”, the author wants to get revenge for what has been done to a creature. The retribution accomplished by the creature can be justified as tolerable. Frankenstein is a man who creates a creature. Frankenstein creates the creature because he wants the creature to love, and be caring. However, while Frankenstein is creating the creature he does not think of the effects that might come out of this experiment. The only thought on Frankenstein’s mind is to create a new kind of experiment. Although not all experiments turn out precise, especially those that aren’t properly thought out.

The night that the creature was completely finished he had awaken. Frankenstein became so frightened by his creation that he ran away and hid from the creature. He left the creature all by himself. According to Shelley, “On! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived”. (P.36) Frankenstein may perhaps think the creature is hideous however; its no excuse to run away from something you created. Especially because a person can say that, the creature is Frankenstein’s son. And when the “son” becomes old enough he’s determination to find out why Frankenstein left him will become strong and may even turn dangerous.

After some time passes the creature learns to speak, shelter himself, find food for himself, learns good from bad. The creature learns to become a human. However, when he tries to go to a village people begin to throw rocks at him and scream monster. At one point, the creature tried to save a person although when people saw him they were scarred and chased him out. Due to the abuse the creator received from people, he knew people would not accept him as one of the humans. Therefore, he goes enraged with Frankenstein because Frankenstein created and abandoned the creature to be left all alone.

The creature went mad and decided to kill someone close to Frankenstein and when he accomplished his scheme, he ran into Victor. The creature demanded Victor make another creature and if he refused, he would go on killing everyone close to Victor. According to Shelley, “ Yet it is in your power to recompense me, and deliver them from an evil which it only remains for you to make so great, that not only you and your family, but thousands of others, shall be swallowed up in the whirlwinds of its rage”. (P.69) Victor was not pleased with the idea however; he was not ready to sacrifice his family for the creature. Therefore, he went to work to making another creature.

Some people may say why would the creature threaten and kill someone to make Victor create another creature. The creature was furious with Victor. The creature wanted to seek revenge. After all, Victor created the creature and ran away from his creation. He left the creature all on his own. The creature was abused and tortured. If this happened to anyone, one would want to seek revenge.

In the end, Victor never finished making the woman creature. Therefore, the creature went on a rampage killing all of Victor’s loved ones. The creature seeks strong revenge for the reason that his creator caused pain for him. If Victor was smart, he would of thought wisely before creating the creature. Victor had to be aware of all the possibilities including the society might not accept the creature, the creature feeling lonely and wanting a partner. This revenge was not only a revenge for the creature but it was a punishment done to Victor, which he had deserved.

If Victor thought twice before making such a creature then maybe the creature would not need to seek revenge upon Victor. However, the creature suffered so much pain because of Victor’s actions. The creature suffered more pain then Victor has ever suffered. The creature had to feel pain, grief, threatened all because Victor decided to create the creature and run away from him. A person such as Victor got what he deserved.

While another story, “The Queen of Spade” author Alexander Pushkin goes beyond revenge. This tale is about not only revenge but also what revenge can do to people. Some people will do anything to change their lifestyle. In this tale, a character named Hermann becomes selfish which in the end threatens his life.

Hermann is a man that always watched others play cards, however; he himself never wanted to play.

1) Do the characters actively seek revenge? /yes

2) Do you feel they are justified in their vengeance? Are they right in their punishement , yes 3) Is this punishment just?

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