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Who is the REAL monster in Frankenstein?

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Who is the real monster in Mary Shelley's, "Frankenstein"? Frankenstein is set in the 18th Century. A scientist called Victor Frankenstein was always interested in natural philosophy and the way in which the human body worked from a young age. Eventually, he started toying with the idea that using electricity and various scientific knowledge of his, he could bring a body (cut up via himself using various corpses' body parts) to life. Eventually he does this but it goes horribly wrong as Victor realises what he has done. He pushes The Creature out of his life, and out of his mind - until The Creature demands that his creator should love him as a father should his son. Victor refuses, and The Creature ends up killing Victor's brother and a good friend of Victors - Justine. In the end Victor dies due to old age and tiredness. As soon as The Creature sees him he disappears. All he wanted was for Victor to be a father to him. The author of the novel, 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley, was influenced by Romantic ideas and idealistic views of her parents, and because of these ideas, she felt that no matter what was on the outside, love, came from the inside. However, she was also aware of the social injustice of life at the time in society, and felt that she should address this issue in the book, 'Frankenstein'. ...read more.


fault that The Creature was brought to life in the first place. Victor said, 'Come on then, that I might extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed,' which tells us that Victor doesn't want to listen, or help The Creature in any way. All he wants to do is kill him. His creation, his work, his, 'child.' It might have not, in fact, been The Creatures fault for his occasional monstrosity. Seeing as he had to learn everything from scratch as he had no mother or father to teach him anything - he most certainly never learnt right from wrong. The Creature shows his humane side many times throughout the book - especially when he starts to learn the concepts of this world. He stated, 'I was delighted when I first discovered that pleasant sound, which often saluted my ears, proceeded from the throats of the little winged animals...' this suggests that even the sound of a bird singing made The Creature happy, like most humans would feel. Also, he hears the young girl in the cottage play music and said, 'It was a lovely sight, even to me, poor wretch! Who never before beheld aught beautiful before.' A monster wouldn't care about music in the way that The Creature did. ...read more.


I believe that The Creature should not have been made in the first place if it was to be treated in the way it was originally. Frankenstein spent months trying to create The Creature in order to kill him again! There was definitely no point in putting The Creature through that much trauma and pain, so therefore he should not have been created to endure so much for nothing. In conclusion, I believe that both The Creature and Frankenstein had certain inhumane traits about them. However, I believe that Frankenstein is the real monster in all of this. It is true that The Creature murdered in cold blood. Yet it was justified. His creator had created him only in order to abandon him and put him through pain and misery throughout the whole of his life! The Creature had grown up only to face hate and discrimination - he knew only greed and monstrosity. He didn't know right from wrong seeing as Frankenstein hadn't even bothered to stick around. The Creature was never a complete monster, as he did show his capacity for love and kindness. Moreover, if he had been brought up properly with Frankenstein as his, "father," then The Creature would have had a totally different life and lifestyle. He wouldn't have felt neglected, and more importantly, he wouldn't have needed to have his revenge on his creator. After all, it wasn't the creatures fault. He hadn't asked to be made! ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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