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October 31, 2010

Victor Frankenstein, Monster.

Filed under: Uncategorized — E. A. @ 1:06 pm

Frankenstein, through scientific dedication and study, becomes the creator of life in the novel. Beforehand there were no referenced to God, but soon into the text the reader can see the similarities in Frankenstein and ideas of God, but rather as an unjust and as an imperfect creator. Though he is the maker of the monster Frankenstein is not happy with his creation and thus attempts to forget about its existence until he learns that the monster killed his brother. This is when Frankenstein wishes for the death of the monster and goes about to succeed in it.

However, the monster is a factor that is not looked at directly. He did not ask to be created but he exists, and of all the creatures on the planet he can find no companion. His existence has no meaning because he has no companion and his creator wants nothing to do with him. Created from need and discarded because of fear, the monster exposes Frankenstein’s real identity; that of true monster: a giver and taker of life, one who with the frightening meeting with his creation condemns it to a life of loneliness. Frankenstein becomes an unjust God.

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2 Comments to “Victor Frankenstein, Monster.”
  1. jennifer_b_c says:

    “He did not ask to be created but he exists, and of all the creatures on the planet he can find no companion.”

    I find it curious that you consider him a creature when it seems that he is a machine (technology, no?). He was created by a man (not a woman–I make this distinction because women can give birth, and given the right diet and weight training they can be stronger than men. So in reality women can do more than men, but I digress)and he has no mate, so no way to produce offspring so he isn’t really an organism. I don’t see the connection to God, but see this fear of Frankenstein’s monster as a way of Shelly to use fantasy to voice a society’s fear of technology, technophobia as your blog title so eloquently is named.

  2. E. A. says:

    Are not most creatures given to reason? Does not the monster find immense pain in knowing that his creator thought him ugly and damned? Does not the monster understand the reasons his creator has for these feelings, but also, contrarily, is angered to magnificent thoughts [not violence] on how unfair the world is and humans are for their biased perceptions of beauty? In a fit of pain he yells at Frankenstein and asks,
    “Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turn from me in disgust? God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of your’s, more horrid from its very resemblance” (pg 88).
    I find this a perfect example of the monster’s capabilities as a reasonable creature. You say that the monster is a machine because he was created by a man; does that not make humankind machines because they were created by a God? Why should the monster be held to a different expectation and under a different label? His coming into being is just as miraculous as the creation of man and thus throws the title of creator on to Frankenstein, no? And in damning his creation to the sympathies, or lack thereof, of man is not Frankenstein an unjust god? These trials that the monster goes through to find peace in his life only to be swallowed up by more loneliness and resentment are feelings that an actual human can experience when they feel that they have been forsaken by their creator, the one being they turn to in their greatest hour of need. This entire novel is a retelling of the creation myth, in my opinion. It is shrouded in darkness and pulled forward by loss and lamentations. There is no room for life and no opportunity for a fall because the monster is damned from its very beginning.

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