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Frankenstein: The Significance Of The Creatures Speech

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Frankenstein: The Significance of the Creatures Speech. "Hideous monster! You wish to eat me and tear me to pieces! You are an ogre." Victor Frankenstein has created life. Out of nothing he has constructed a being that can think for itself, make decisions for itself and sustain itself as if it were any of god's creations. When the creature confronts its maker it clearly presents an autobiographical narration of its life, it is this speech that raises several significant issues. These many issues can best be categorised into three broad areas, the development of the creatures basic capabilities and desires, the acquisition of morals and their further development and finally the duties that a creator has to those upon which it bestows life. "A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt heard and smelt, at the same time..." Children rely on the first few years of life to develop their senses and their ability to survive on their own; they are cared for and raised by adults and those that are completely abandoned die. Frankenstein's creation, in many ways similar to a new born child, in its age, lack of education and inexperience in the world, is totally abandoned and survives. ...read more.


"I learned from the social life which it developed, to admire their virtues and depreciate the vices of mankind" Frankenstein's monster, with no parent figure to raise it, is left to discover and acquire morals and concepts of right and wrong almost entirely by itself and through the observation of others. This is a significant issue raised during the creature's speech concerning its early education and development. After only a few days in the hovel beside the cottage the creature begins to aid the occupants with the chores of each morning. He begins to retrieve firewood for Felix as an act of kindness and sympathy for his family. Having never been instructed to do this, this act indicates the creature, was born with a concept of 'what is morally right - helping others.' Another example of this is given when the creature selflessly rescues a girl from the stream 'I endeavoured, by every means in my power to restore animation.' When the creature is found in the De Lacey cottage and Felix attacks him although he quite easily could have he restrains himself from killing his assailant, this action is once again an act of compassion and demonstrates knowledge of 'what is morally wrong - killing a human being.' ...read more.


The creature before, during and after his speech shows Victor a devotion and respect. This devotion, it believes, is what it owes to its maker, regardless for the attempts Victor makes to as recklessly end as it bestowed upon the creature, the gift, or burden, of life. It is well aware of its similarity to the Christian beliefs of Eden and feels its rejection by society (and Victor) is very similar to the expulsion of Adam and Satan from the garden and Heaven respectively. Finally the issue of whether a maker has the right to end the life of those to which he bestows it is addressed. Victor, without consideration, immediately believes it is his irreversible mistake to give the creature life and sets about rectifying this. However, the creature presents a different argument; it implies that it is the actions of Victor since the creature's birth are what drove it to malignantly cause the death of two innocents. In a moment of clarity Victor realises both parties have duties towards each other, a significant point in the creatures speech it can well be likened to the apparent absence of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish 'God.' [MD1]Pathetic fallacy is the attribution of human emotions to nature although the creature is not human, its story and feelings are conveyed in terms of human emotions. ...read more.

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