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Victor Frankenstein the real monster

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brenna sheridan

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Victor Frankenstein:
the real monster Monstrous Characteristics It seems as if through the character of Frankenstein, Shelley could be hinting at the monster-like attributes that at times can plague the human race. Abandonment "the fact still remains that “a true monster is evil, inhumane, and lacks remorse or caring for things that a normal, emotional human being should care for” - Daniel Chandler Victor is the one that should be labeled as the monster
Shows characteristics of being a monster
Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, composed a list of characteristics that define what a monster is: Victor Frankenstein created his being due to his thirst for alchemy and his unnatural obsession with being like God Victor believes that “a new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. I might in process of time… renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption” (Shelley 52). Selfishness Unnatural Hostility often cruel and “hostile” toward his creation Victor is the monster, for he has deprived a human being of any love and companionship due to his own selfishness Victor Frankenstein modern day... Work cited http://tsfisamess.blogspot.ca/2009/11/cannonball-read-7-frankenstein-or.html Victor falls into a deep depression, he blames his creation for not allowing him any peace
Victor is unable to get past the horrid picture that his creature presents
Victor destroys the only hope his creature has for companionship Events like conflicts, death,abuse, withdrawn of emotions, change in power, and social policies produce feelings of abandonment Victor Frankenstein is the true monster in Mary Shelly's science fiction novel, "Frankenstein", as opposed to the creature that is portrayed in modern day media. All of these characteristics can be found in Victor’s personality Monster characteristics
Modern day relation
Conclusion Frankenstein marries his step-sister/cousin, Elizabeth, yet his relationship with her seems to be based on his possession of her versus one of great love, for Victor envisions that “[Elizabeth] was only to be mine" (Shelley 44). Victor has an incredible drive to find out everything that he can in order to animate a human being and find the answer to immortality Scientists today become monsters when they let science become more important than their accomplishments Victor’s Frankenstein’s chosen isolation and his ignorance for those who care for him as well as his own creation make him the true monster Conclusion “unnatural - aberrations of the nature order… hostile toward others… inspire dread and embody evil…not human even those that look and act like people are not fully human,” alone, angry, isolated, abandoned, revenge seeking Was "abandoned" by his mother as a child Instead of teaching the Creature morals, and helping him adjust to society, he detests him, angering the Creature left unresolved affect our ability to reason, bond, trust, love, communicate, problem-solve, rear our children, respect the rights of all and live with our neighbors in peace. "I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me" (Shelley 80)
metaphorically this can symbolize the distance Victor had created between himself and the creature after all these years
his abandonment erased the creatures understanding of human compassion and deprived him from a close relationship Leaves his family without a letter sent within several years Family Creature In conclusion, the scientist who's goal was to generate life caused a great deal of pain through his abandonment, hostility, selfishness and unnatural behavior, both to himself and others. As a result, these acts caused him to become alienated from his friends and family, and turned him into the monster. Admits to himself that he is responsible for Justine’s death, he thinks he is at fault because he created the Creature, not that he withheld vital information. "I,not in deed, but in effect, was the true monster" (Shelly 75) Victor is admitting to his murderous acts which is an unnatural reaction "...forget those friends...whom I had not seen for so long a time" (Shelly 39 - 40) Victor leaves the creature to fend for itself for years counting, so much time was spent apart that the creature did not recognize the man who once created him "My rage was without bounds, I sprang on him" (Shelley 81)
his first thoughts are to kill this creature When Victor first lays eyes on what he has created, he is horrified, and he abandons his creation, since he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being [he] had created (Shelley 42). Victor’s hostility toward his creature is misplaced “Begone! I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity and wickedness" (Shelley 133). “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world” (Shelley 51). In contrast, the creatures wish to attain to achieve friends and social interactions almost make him more of a human, so far, than Victor Frankenstein. Scientists become their projects "… science might provide society with the facts relevant to making moral decisions, but it steers clear of any ethical debate..." - Bernard E Rollin Projects such as animal testing disregard the morals and ethics of society much like Frankenstein disregarded his moral code.
They become so determined to discover answers that they destroy potential lives of innocence
They create obsessive scientists of themselves, only focusing on their project
Once the answer is found, they abandon those who are involved Victor is, by his own nature, a very selfish person Victor "doesn’t value the life he is to create so much as what the creation will give him " this mindset he creates something that is beyond his mental capability to handle (Lunsford). Abandons his creation because he is horrified that someone will find out what he has done. Withholds knowledge of true murderer of William costing Justine her life “Justine also was a girl of merit and possessed qualities which promised to render her life happy; now all was to be obliterated in an ignominious grave, and I was the cause!”(Shelley 66). Being for the Benifit of Victor Frankenstein. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://8tracks.com/linusbey/being-for-the-benefit-of-victor-frankenstein>. Victor Frankenstein. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://british2.blogspot.ca/2013/02/victor-frankenstein.html>. Alter Ego. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/alter-ego-the-incredible-hulk-topographic-map/>.
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