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Unlike Victor Frankenstein, God is the perfect creator. God created humans to conceive other humans, have emotion, and obtain the capability to communicate with one another. On the other hand Victor’s main purpose in attempting to create the Monster is solely a science experiment. Victor creates the Monster who cannot conceive another monster and has to learn on his own how to communicate. He also has to teach himself to be social. Mary Shelley parallels God as the perfect creator with Victor Frankenstein who is a flawed creator.
Victor Frankenstein is encouraged by his college professor to go in a more depth study of Chemistry and Diane Telgen says, “He pursues his studies in the chemistry lab and dissecting rooms and morgues, gathering the material for his experiment to make a creature from discarded corpses, perhaps one “like himself” (182). He spends countless hours imagining and working on the Monster. His thoughts begin with “I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man” (Mary Shelley 40).
During the time he takes to work on his creation, he isolates himself from all others in his life. Telgen then adds on, “Cut off from contact with others, ignoring letters from friends and family, he exhausts himself” (182). Victor exhausts himself so much he becomes sick and unable to take care of himself.
Henry Clerval, “Victor’s closest friend and companion, who balances his emotional and rational pursuits,” nurses Victor back to health.
After Victor wakes up, he finds the Monster staring at him and “flees in horror at what he has done” (Telgen 182). Victor abandons the Monster shortly after he realizes the damages and flaws he has given his creation, even after working countless hours attempting to perfect the Monster. Telgen writes about the Monster and says, “Like a newborn baby reaching out to his mother, the [Monster] reaches out to Victor when he is transformed from an inanimate to an animate being” (185). Yet, through Shelley’s writing it is shown that Victor leaves him in the dust.
On the other hand, God, creator of the universe and all that is in it, does not abandon nor does He turn away from His creations, even with flaws. His love for his creations is incomprehensible. Though humans may turn away, reject, and give up on God, He never gives up on them. He cares for his precious creations. Humans see the brokenness in the lives God has provided them with, just as God sees it, but even through the brokenness He still loves his creations. He knows all of the imperfections each individual has and never walks away from them.
Victor Frankenstein, on the other hand, abandons the Monster shortly after he realizes how damaged and flawed his creation is, even after working countless hours attempting to perfect the Monster. Victor’s purpose in creating the Monster is to become more like God. He wants to bring this Monster to life because he thinks it will better humankind. Paul writes in Romans, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips” (King James Version 3:10-13). In this scripture, it can be understood that God is the only perfect person in the world. Nothing any individual does is perfect, nor can it be compared to the things God does and has done for humans. He sees his creations as perfect, even though God creates humans to communicate and mingle with other humans. Also, God makes humans to have emotions. Through watching and learning from others as individuals grow and build brain cells, relational and social skills are developed. Humans are born with this capability; it is not a learned skillset.
The Monster is assembled by Victor from old body parts. Although the body parts given to the Monster are not original and are used, he still has the capability to think and learn. The monster learns how to speak on his own after being abandoned by his creator, unlike God would ever do. The Monster comes across cottagers and studies their language. Eventually, after studying the cottagers he learns of human law, government and so much more, but just as he learns of all the good things “… he learns of his own lonely deformity” (Telgen 183). Being alone for a while, he ventures out and comes across a blind man and tells him his story until other people come along and the Monster horrifies them. He has been alone for a long time and the first human interaction he comes across is so negative he then proceeds to burn down the cottagers’ cottage. Being alone for so long and not knowing entirely how the world works lead him to confusion and he comes to the point to making bad decisions out of the spur of the moment because he has no idea what else he can do. As a result to Victors poor choice in leaving the Monster on his own, the Monster relies on what he thinks is right. He doesn’t understand and needs a creator to be there and help him figure things out.
Victor Frankenstein can never be compared to God. Mary Shelley portrays Victor as a creator, while God is the creator of all and above all gave Victor the ability to create. God gives Victor the capability to think, make, and become a creator. Though Victor is created by God and in the image of God, just as all other humans are, Victor is still imperfect. The flaws Victor maintains are without number, just like any other human. Being an imperfect creator, Victor cannot be equated to the flawlessness of God.
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