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'Frankenstein's savage patterns suggest that he not the apparently more civilised creature is the true monster.'

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'Frankenstein's savage patterns suggest that he not the apparently more civilised creature is the true monster.' It is a common misconception of many thousands of children that have been lead to think it is not Victor Frankenstein but it is his creature that is called Frankenstein. This to me is quite ironic as it is my belief that the monster itself was Victor Frankenstein and not his creation. If the two of their names can be mistaken in society then I believe that this also implies that they have rather similar characteristics as well. Frankenstein creates in himself an idol to challenge that of God, he, in effect, kills three if not four people during his time playing this part, although indirectly. In Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is an inspiring scientist that studies the dead. He wants to be the first person to give life to a dead human being. He spends all of his time concentrating on this goal, and gives up his family and friends. Frankenstein is the single most important novel written during the period of Gothicism. It exceeds the normal expectation of a typical Gothic novel by relating to science, politics, family, alienation, psychology, relationships, education and more. Even so, Frankenstein is classed as a classic Gothic novel because if you think about it nothing would say gothic horror like an eight-foot high monster with sewn together body parts made from other deceased humans. I think Frankenstein was written as a Gothic novel because it was written at the time of the Gothic Literary movement and Mary Shelley would have been influenced by the style of the time. ...read more.

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He uses a contrast of beauty against ugliness to describe him. He expects the monster to know everything when he wakes up cool, calm, and collected. But when the monster is awakened, he does not know anything. He sees a world different from what he is used to, which makes him nervous and scared, but it is not his fault. The monster has not removed himself from his environment; Victor has removed him from dead. And the coward that Victor is he leaves it for dead and runs away in self-pity. Instead of facing the consequences, he left out of unjustifiable hate for his creation. He could not destroy the monster because he had actually made the monster better than the human race itself. Instead he was sure that lack of experience in the world would get rid of the monster for him. Here is when I believe Frankenstein moved one step closer to becoming a monster. In my view there are two types of a monster. One of which is the stereotyped: A hideous creature, being around it is terrifying, it is a monster that cannot do anything about what it is or looks like, yet is not necessarily evil or cruel. The second type of monster is hardly recognisable as what he is to people around him, it, or whatever you might call it. He would appear like an ordinary person like you and me, but it is inside where the monstrosity comes in. ...read more.

Conclusion

Frankenstein realised the creature had the opposite of the originally intended effect on himself; his life was ruined, the creature being at fault. The conclusion that you could reach from the all his actions is that the creature deserves no pity. Though these may be completely valid points there are other ways to look at it. The terrible things the monster did were brought on by the neglect and rejection he suffered, and not being allowed to have someone to love and care for. These are all things humans cannot deal with, making us feel more pity because of what he was driven to and the human needs and emotions he shows. The book tells a lot about human nature, that people are not made by their nature but their nurture. 'If people are brutalized, they'll be brutal themselves'- Mary Shelly In the 1800's creating a being was extremely frowned upon and seen as very immoral but in this day and age, even though I still believe it to be immoral, people are more educated about the consequences of doing such things. Today, what seemed like fiction in Mary Shelley's time now sounds more and more like true fact. After considering all the corners of this argument I have come to the conclusion that this man created a monster. Mostly for his selfish cravings for power and fame. Frankenstein had a blank canvas and chose to paint it with evil. A man that can unnaturally create a being then turn it into a monster is surely far from being a saint. Ethically no one should be allowed to play God. ...read more.

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