Many of Victor’s close family and friends experience the direct hatred of Victor’s creature, because they are the only ones that Victor feels any relationship with, but Victor is “unnatural” in his relationships with them. Victor only has one friend, Henry Cherval. Victor seems to have a hard time acquiring close relations with others. Frankenstein marries his step-sister/cousin, Elizabeth, yet his relationship with her seems to be one based on his possession of her versus one of great feelings or love, for Victor envisions that “[Elizabeth] was only to be mine" (Shelley 44).
Victor views Elizabeth as a prize and something to be owned, for Victor “promised [himself] that from [his] detested toils it was the prospect of that day when [he] might claim Elizabeth,” that kept him going (Shelley 130). Victor does not perceive the aspects of a mutual relationship, for all of his relations are based off of his own selfishness.
Frankenstein is also “unnatural” in his quest to become Godlike. 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; “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).
Victor wants to achieve Godlike status, and in doing so he creates a creature that will never know love. "After days and nights of incredible labor and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter,” and yet after so much time spent on this discovery, Victor cannot stomach what he has done, and he cruelly rejects his creation the moment it is animated (Shelley 51).
Example of a Critical essay on Frankenstein about:
frankenstein / mary shelley / monster / victim / moral values
The revelation of the truth about who is the “real monster” of Mary W. Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.
Why does Viktor Frankenstein consider his creation to be a brutal monster?
Can the creature be honestly evaluated like a monster despite its physical appearance?
Why is Viktor Frankenstein the real monster of the tragic novel?
Mary Shelley throughout her novel and characters tells a story of the monster who is a victim and the creator who is a monster.
Introduction: Mary Shelley analyzes vital issues in her novel in terms of being able to use science and knowledge for the good of people and not for the satisfaction of personal ambitions without even being able to take responsibility for that. It is also the novel of social rejection based on external looks and inability to accept. The real monster in the novel is not the creature but the creator himself who dared to undermine the laws of nature and “play God”.
As the novel goes, the reader realizes that the real monstrous actions are made by Viktor Frankenstein: first he rejects his own creation, then he simply fees to forget what has happened, than he brother dies as the revenge of the monster and he lets an innocent girl die taking responsibility for this death. Eventually, he loses his best friend and his wife and dies himself. Viktor realizes the moral side of his actions only when he starts working to create a female companion for the monster. At the same time a female companion is the only chance for the monster to be happy. The loss of this hope makes the creature revengeful. Though the creature looks likea monter in the outside, inside he simply wants to be happy just like everybody else and have somebody to share everything with. One the other hand Viktor Frankenstein looks like a man in his external but his internal being is a real selfish monster.
Conclusion: Mary Shelley seems to call the reader not to forget about the spiritual development in the thirst for scientific discoveries. In between the lines she tells the reader that moral values should never be forgotten and the dead should remain dead. Mary Shelley implies that fact that every action has a consequence and a true man must be ready to take full responsibility for his actions and their possible consequences not only for him but for his family and the society. The creature is simply a victim of Viktor’s scientific ambitions and these ambitions have converted Viktor himself into the “real monster”.