Christopher Thai Kingstone 15 October, 2010 1616W Frankenstein’s Monstrosity “I’m just a soul whose intents are excellent, Oh lord, please don’t let me be misinterpreted” a verse from the well-known rapper Lil Wayne who judges one’s physical appearance rather the inner qualities that never is seen. Throughout the last century, society has been based on shallow ideas of great or wicked, beautiful or awful, ordinary or abnormal. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature is illustrated as an overwhelming unsightly monster with superhuman strength and the lust to kill his next victim.
Having fun with the elements of God, Dr. Frankenstein’s dream was to bring upon life despite how it was produced. Frankenstein’s production is human in the sense that it holds feelings, a sense of empathy and the yearning to feel liked. All these qualities are that had by humans not beasts. However, through society’s fast judgment and being “misinterpreted” of the animals physical abnormalities, Frankenstein is a beast. The contrast between Dr. Frankenstein and his animal implies that a monster is entirely based of his physical qualities.
Victor Frankenstein is an egotistical scientist who prospers in reanimating life however is disgusted by his creature’s look and thus abandons from him. Who is the genuine beast here? Although Dr. Frankenstein’s animal is represented as a monster in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, the real monster is Victor himself, as Victor’s creation is imbued with Victor’s unfavorable character qualities. There is an invisible worth placed on the existence of inhumane characters in fiction, in comparison to the worth of life of humans.
Mary Shelley appears to have fun with the distinct differences between humanity and monstrosity. Intelligence and emotions, and whether the character in concern is actually alive in the conventional sense, are usually what dictate the morality of the circumstance. The term beast is specified as an unnatural being that doesn’t act in accordance with normal social guidelines. A freak of nature, who does not have compassion and is a harsh inhumane object of society. In the unique Frankenstein, the creature is not that of a total savage, but is revealed to be more of a person.
The creature reveals intelligence, feelings, and the desire to be loved. In contrast, Victor Frankenstein is more of a monster, his display of selfishness and absence of empathy for others has actually been demonstrated through his production. The creature is portrayed as the reverse of love and approval, when in doubt his method to these feelings are not his own, they are a portrayal of Victor’s inhumanity. The production ought to show the personality and emotions of the artist, the genuine monster is Victor, not Frankenstein’s development.
In the start of the novel it is clear that Victor goes to terrific lengths to prevent others, specifically those who care about him. Victor alienates himself from society and disregards his family and friends. Victor belongs of society that belongs to other human beings including his moms and dads and coworkers. However, he isolates himself not from just society but his friends and family by disregarding their sensations. These feelings “which made me disregard the scenes around me triggered me likewise to forget those good friends who were many miles missing, and who I had not seen for so long a time” (Shelley 41).
Victor has actually lost all contact with the world itself and relinquishes himself to the fixation of his work. Victor even catches a serious disease that damages him by months of work. Victors devotion to his work has actually consumed him so much that he does not respond to the need or minds of others. Not just has his solitude to his work created so much pain and distraught to his health but additional showed his role outside society. In contrast to Victor Frankenstein, the animal goes to excellent lengths to befriend others and be accepted in society.
In spite of the animal’s horrific look, the beast was really smart and made every effort to form relationships with others. The creature gains much insight of the world and even teaches himself how to interact and comprehend others. His intelligence and longing to suit society shows his charity. Although the creature seeks to find companionship often times, his efforts are just met with fear and hostility. Frankenstein’s creation can just accept the rejection he deals with from society and react with the exact same mindset his daddy has for society.
By casting away all around him, the creature delights in evil. The creature’s considerably wants to be part of society, “if I can not inspire love, I will cause fear”(Shelley 135); and “if I have no ties and affections, hatred and vice should be my portion”(Shelley 137). The so called monster is only responding to Victor’s indifference and apathy. The animal shows the urgency to feel loved and accepted by society and not indifference. In a manner Victor acts the function of God. Victor usurps the function of God by creating artificial life and presumes that he has full control over his development.
Throughout the whole novel, there are referrals to God and Satan as in connection to Victor and his production. When Victor believes that he has absolute control of his production, he is revitalized by his enthusiasm. Nevertheless, when the beast is born to life, its look is that opposite of his control. The monster disdainfully criticizes Victor “Why did you form a beast so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man lovely and appealing after his own image; however my type is a filthy type of yours, more ghastly” (Shelley 119).
The beast is ugly in nature and Victor does not acknowledge his existence in this world. The beast goes on to oppose his similarity to Satan and his state of being “singular and abhorred.” Victor assumes that he can put in complete impact on his creation, however undermines the attention it is worthy of when it comes to life. Victor is the real monster, since if he has no control over something he annihilate it; filled with vengeance. When taken a look at closely, the monster’s actions are not driven by hatred, but rather a misdirected childhood.
Victor Frankenstein’s is blinded by his ambition to develop the ideal being, that he thinks his beast will be beautiful. He rejects his monster and totally disregards the obligations for his experiment. Victor does not allow himself to be emotionally effected by others. Victors look after his creature can be related to that of his dad when he refuses to contact his daddy in the middle of his work. This shows the complete indifference as commitment of a child. Victors treatment of his creation can be originated from the lack of his existence in his parents lives.
Frankenstein questions him to “where were my friends and relations? No dad had seen my infant days, no mom had blessed me with smiles and touches […] a blind vacancy in which I identified absolutely nothing” (Shelley 109). The creature has actually been living a life without a household or proper guidance. Victor feels that his parents are a lack in his life, just as his creature feels the exact same way. He feels abandoned, hurt and upset that he hasn’t been offered the guidance he is worthy of. The egotistical views and stubbornness is among many character characteristics that shows Victor Frankenstein is a beast.
In the beginning when he claims to obtain the essence of creating life, he does not inform anyone about it. He considers that “this discovery quickly provided lace to pleasure and rapture, what had actually been the research study and desire of the best guys because the development of the world has now within my grasp” (Shelley 38). His excessive pride and self-glory only illustrates his neglect for others around him. In addition to Victor’s self-centered mindset, Victor refuses to give attention nor concern to other individuals concern including his close friends and family.
Dr. Frankenstein is also socially careless in relevance to his severe actions throughout the novel. From the very first encounter with Victor Frankenstein, we get a hint of his character when he asks Robert Walton, “Do you share my madness?” He is so consumed by his work, he does not sleep for days, nor go outdoors and consume meals, or write to his family as he utilized to. “For this I had actually deprived myself of rest and health” (Shelley 47). Victor’s share of insanity and irresponsibility eventually drove to his own death.
In addition, Victor is driven so much by his actions that they indirectly led to the deaths of his family members and buddies. Unlike Victor, the monster is socially responsible by taking care of the DeLacey’s. The animal shows his commitment to engaging with the DeLacey’s by observing Felix and Agatha while in the village. No matter not challenging the De Lacey household, his expression of happiness is translucented his continuous attention to them. The animal even reveals his commitment by helping out the family in supplying them with firewood and aids with the household tasks.
His empathy to help others is more displayed when he spares Felix’s life and saves the little lady from drowning in the river. The animal’s issue for human life shows simply how gentle he truly is. Although, Victor’s development has dedicates criminal offenses, they are to honor revenge on Victor, not sadism. Furious by the absence of compassion he deserved from his daddy, the animal kills everyone close to Frankenstein out of vengeance. His initial rejection by his daddy leads him to look for friendship of the villagers. However, after being abandoned and outcaste, the peasants sustained the rage of his horrible birth into this world.
The creature quickly recognizes that he is a poor, defenseless, and unpleasant miscreant that people misconstrue him because he is ugly. While the monster shows guilty feelings for his crimes, Victor instead feels anger towards his production and does not take any responsibility nor demonstrate regret for the death of his liked ones. Victor is blinded by vengeance for his beast, that he refuses to accept blame. “My revenge is of no moment to you; while I permit it to be a vice, I admit that it is the feasting on and just enthusiasm […] I devote myself, either in my life or death to his damage” (Shelley 191).
It is ironic how Victor’s feelings overwhelm him at the mercy of his unfavorable feelings. Victors defects lie within him not able to recognize that his beast will react to his own personality and have feelings of his own. Not all beasts have monstrous qualities. It is evident that society has developed such misunderstandings based on unusual looks. These distortions are incorrectly misguided, and can cause various anticipations. Lots of fictional and ancient beasts have these misunderstandings that they are basically evil.
Unlike many movie analyses of beasts that represent fire breathing dragons, blood sucking vampires, and magical satanic forces, there are periodic beasts or creatures that in spite of appearances are quite human-like. Periodically these monsters can be seen as friendly or misunderstood creatures. Frankenstein is a prime example of a misunderstood beast, in movies such as Van Hellsing and Monster Team. There are lots of other monsters illustrated in this way such as the Hulk, Chewbacca, Shrek and even Elmo who are all significant examples of friendly beasts.
This is plainly seen in Mary Shelley’s unique Frankenstein, where judgment is put on the Victor Frankenstein and his animal. Victor Frankenstein is one that lacks empathy and bares no responsibility for his actions. In contrast, his creature is thoughtful in every way and wishes for the attention and love from the human beings that fear him. Victor Frankenstein’s abnormal behavior postures the real role of what a beast is. Shelley’s development of Frankenstein was not to develop a senseless savage imposed as a beast but rather a divine being to explore the limits of the mankind.
Victor Frankenstein’s creature was the embodiment of immortality, having fun with life and death. Throughout the whole book, Victor Frankenstein imposed the impression of God. This power of development relates to a bigger theme. Victor had the chances and control over his creation. On the other hand, God has actually developed us in his own image with the same control and opportunity. God seemed to believe in his developments (us) and provided the necessary arrangements such as friendship, food, shelter, and love. God doesn’t udge elements or kill his developments. His ability to look beyond our abnormalities or imperfections is what separates God and Victor’s illusion of being God. Victor Frankenstein’s beast has different characteristics; God like qualities that Victor does not have. These qualities can only be gotten with the appropriate compassion and devotion to others. Shelley’s reference to God and his development show Victor’s monstrosity. “What Measure is Non Human.” Television Tropes: What Step is Non Human Being. Imaginative Commons Wiki, n. d. Web. 16 Nov 2010.