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Who more evil Frankenstein or his creation?

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Frankenstein Course work Acts of evil are seen in many different ways from different points of view: some people judge the evil acts by how they where influenced others judge the acts for what they are. Evil is defined in the dictionary as 'morally objectionable behaviour' For the purposes of this essay I will be focusing on the novel Frankenstein. The question that I will work on is "who more evil Frankenstein or his creation." Throughout the novel of "Frankenstein," neither Victor Frankenstein nor his monster acts more irresponsibly than the other does. Sometimes the circumstances of their actions contradict their intentions, but neither of them is more morally at fault for their actions. The question, who is more evil Frankenstein or his creation, I believe can only be answered as neither of them are more evil then the other. This can be proven by the stages that both of them grow morally. ...read more.


Also, it is proven when the monster says, "I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his fellow, or even why there were laws and governments" Being that both characters were of an innocent spirit, neither of them is more to blame than the other. The change from innocence was fuelled the greatness and the desire for human companionship. Victor's aspirations of greatness are to go down in the history of natural science by creating a man. This demonstrates Frankenstein's irrational feelings and break from innocence: "Winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labours; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves-sights which before always yielded me supreme delight-so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation." Also, humans corrupted the mind of Victor. Before Victor becomes familiar with human beings, his only interest is natural science. "My temper was sometimes violent, and my passions vehement; but by some law in my temperature they were turned, not towards childish pursuits, but to an eager desire to learn" ...read more.


Therefore, Frankenstein and the monster's moral irresponsibility can both be blamed on society's concern with power and glory. Since their movement away from ignorance can be blamed on the same thing, neither of them is more reprehensible for their actions. Furthermore, since Frankenstein and his monster both share the same fate, they are equally wrongful in their actions. Victor's creation of a man is a hideous failure, and the monster's desire to benefit society is also a failure. Their guilty consciences, the greatest compass of morality in "Frankenstein", both lead them to their own self-destruction. The fates deal their judgment in equal quantities, because both men are equal in their moral responsibility. In conclusion, the circumstances present themselves differently to Frankenstein and the monster, giving the illusion that one of them is more wrongful. But since their moral growth is parallel, the consequences of their moral irresponsibility are therefore parallel. The tragic flaws of Victor and his creation, aspirations to power and desire for fellowship among men, bring about the same fate and moral repercussions, so that none of them can be blamed more so than the other. Joseph Maher ...read more.

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