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To name a villain in Frankenstein, one would be so quick to point a finger at the monster. The monster was the one who carried out the killing of the innocent therefore, is he the ultimate villain of the story?

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To name a villain in "Frankenstein", one would be so quick to point a finger at the monster. The monster was the one who carried out the killing of the innocent therefore, is he the ultimate villain of the story? Is the creation or the creator to blame? Victor Frankenstein's obsession to create another creature blinds him of possible effects it may cause. He is to blame for the monsters desolation. After enduring rejection from the humans, the monster was left lonely and seeking revenge upon his creator. Victor's plans of creating a creature were not selfless actions of expending human knowledge, but only for his own selfish glory. He isolates himself from his family and friends for two years during which he "paid no visit to Geneva" (48), in pursue to accomplish what many scientists dreamed about. He wanted to have god like power to become a leader of a new race as he proclaimed "A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me." (52). Victor was in a hurry to complete his creation, "to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large." ...read more.

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his "heart sunk" (134). The monster realized that he will never be accepted by anyone due to his appearance, and how could anyone accept him when his own creator abandoned him. The monster is all alone. At this point he seeks revenge, revenge upon Victor that "cast him abroad an object for the scorn and horror of mankind" (138) and rightfully so. When the monster saves a girl from drowning, instead of people showing him gratitude he is shot and wounded, his "reward of my benevolence...the miserable pain of a wound" (140). Why should he continue to be kind to humans, when every encounter he had with them were horrific, and all due to his appearance. It is no surprise that the monster turned from good to evil after everything he endured. He adapted to the elements he was surrounded with, not by choice. The monster is an outsider of his abnormality, isolated from society. All he wants is someone to talk to, a friend, and thus, asks Victor to "make him happy" (145) by creating a companion of opposite sex, as "hideous" (145) as he is. Victor agreed to fulfill his wishes but, in the end, he changes his mind and destroys it, leaving the first monster alone, yet again. ...read more.

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Victor never tried to rectify his behavior towards the monster, even after the first death occurred. Victor just took the death as his punishment. He didn't stop the second killing, third nor fourth. It was Victor's sole responsibility to care for the creature. Even if you still argue that the monster was the one committing murders, admitted that was his only sin. The monster had not thought of the meaning of "thou shall not kill". Can you argue that the creator's greed for power was any less deadly of the sin than the one of his creation? Victor's pride which prevented him from accepting the monster was also the reason that instigated his need for monsters creation. All Victor had ever done was for his own prestige and glory that served himself with total disregard of others. With all the killings the monster had committed, you still find sympathy for the poor creature. At least he is regretful and remorseful for his actions. The monster confessed his sins and wept in his self-realization, "even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation, I am alone" (218). We find the sympathy to forgive the unfortunate monster for the fear that perhaps, heaven forbid, one day we would end up alone. ...read more.

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