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To what extent are Frankenstein and his creature evil?

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Introduction

To what extent are Frankenstein and his creature evil? In his younger days, Frankenstein was brought up in Geneva, Switzerland. He came into a loving, caring, well-disciplined family. The family adored him 'I was their play thing and their idol'. He is portrayed as the ideal child in his parent's eyes. The childhood they gave him, was a happy one 'My mothers caresses and fathers smiles... are my first recollections'. He was closer to his mother more so than his father as his mother did the up bringing. When he was five years old, the family adopted a young peasant girl. Frankenstein was instantly smitten. He became obsessed 'A heaven being sent' and took it upon himself to protect, love and cherish her. He was incredibly inquisitive as he was growing up; he had an eager desire to learn. A desire to discover the unknown. This is a reference to Dr Jekyll, as he also wanted to discover the unknown. Frankenstein's father, not being scientific, left him to his own devices - his books of science. He took in every word the text said and became the book's discipline. Again, like Dr Jekyll, he has high ideals - he wishes to banish disease from the human frame but is sad that he can't do anything about violent deaths. ...read more.

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Frankenstein was oblivious to the creatures needs, obviously not realising that this creature is like a new baby - needs special attention and care, lets it roam free through a town. I feel at this point in the story, Frankenstein is being a very selfish man. He created a human, wanted to play God, now he has, he doesn't want to know. Just because his creation didn't turn out quite how he had imagined, he turns his back on him. As the creature is out and alone, he has to fend for himself. He was very vulnerable, like a baby 'I felt cold also, and half frightened.' 'I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch.' He lacked knowledge, so he put his hand straight into a fire but soon realised that it wasn't a good thing to do. 'I quickly collected branches but they were wet and wouldn't burn.' He didn't know how to make a fire. The creature was reduced to eating acorns because all of the food near the fire had been eaten. So he moved away from the fire and finds open country. There are a series of events, which lead to the creature becoming increasingly resentful and violent. One of those things is when he meets some cottagers, whom he wishes to befriend. He overhears a conversation between the landlord and cottager talking about their life being in danger. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the story, the creature disappears. Frankenstein follows him to the Arctic where they encounter Capt. Walton. Frankenstein tells him the story of the creature. He does not like the creature at all and wants him dead. 'He, my enemy and persecutor, may still be in being.' He does not blame himself. 'I have been occupied in examining my past conduct; nor do I find it blameable.' His duty towards the creature was selfish and self-righteous. He paid more attention to his friends and family than to his creation. The creature wants to be forgiven because he has killed Frankenstein through torment. He admits that he was selfish towards Victor and others; he has suffered more than anyone. The creature tells Walton that he wanted to be loved and to do the right thing. In retrospect, the creature realises that he has done wrong and that he worse than an animal. People were prejudiced towards him, so he blames them for his sins. He loathes himself more than anyone could. I don't think the end of the story portrays them as evil. Victor was intelligent but when he thought of creating life his brain seemed to vanish. He wasn't evil, just somebody who wanted to play God. The creature wasn't evil either. Really, he was just a child. He was copying his 'father' just as children do when they are growing up. BY HEATHER NANGLE 2/9/01 ...read more.

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