“Slave… Remember I have power. ” The creature. The way in which the couple abuse their power is similar, Frankenstein denies his responsibilities and runs from his authority and this can be seen as cruel. Similarly, the monster uses his reign for evil, cruelty and malicious murder. Their bad handling of power in a relationship along with the fact they both switch power could be interpreted as a parallel. The creature demonstrates his temper and lack of self control when he murders William.
Revenge and anger grip him “…
Anger returned, a rage of anger, and unable to injure anything human, I turned my fury to inanimate objects” The creature. And his violent tendencies due to lack of good example on what is right and wrong lead to him eventually committing murders. The creature shares his youthful temper with Frankenstein. “My temper was sometimes violent and vehement” Frankenstein Their handling of situations that displease them are parallel, because both are unable to control their anger and momentary irrationality.
This can be seen not only with violence but in every aspect of their personality.
When they have their minds set on something, they continue even if they have had experience that tells them they are wrong. The monster regretted torturing Frankenstein at the end of the novel, and so although he must have realised what he was doing was wrong at the time, he continued. Similarly, Frankenstein failed to recognise that by giving the speech to continue on the mission into the unknown aboard Walton’s ship, he was ignoring everything he had learnt about suppressing dangerous and unknown ambitions.
The creature and Frankenstein are both obsessed by revenge, and in the final chapters of Frankensteins life, we learn how they both are only alive because they have the hope of seeking revenge on eachother. “For this purpose I will live, to execute this dear revenge” Frankenstein The creature vows eternal revenge on Frankenstein after his hardships “to him towards I have sworn eternal revenge! ” The creature.
This similarity is also arguably both Frankenstein and the creature’s downfall, they both thrive of their hatred for each other instead of trying to make amends for the wrongs they have both commited. They both call eachother, and indeed call themselves at various points, wretches throughout. By Shelley associating a particular word with both Frankenstein and the creature, we can see the parallel of their miserable and desperate situations. “You… miserable wretch… ” Frankenstein Frankenstein and the creature are both referred to as spiritual beings.
The creature is referred to as the devil, because the devil started out as an angel, but corruption led him to commit evil acts, just as the creature is born with a loving and pure heart, but malevolence grips him after hardship and pain. “But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes the malicious devil! ” of the creature Similarly, Frankenstein is compared to God, because he created man and in the bible it states that only God can create man. “When thus he is noble and godlike in ruin” of Frankenstein.
Their comparisons to the universal powers are parallel. However, the extreme opposite of to whom they are compared with highlights a final point. The creature and Frankenstein are so very different in many ways. Although they have similar characters, because they are placed in such opposite situations generally, their personalities although similar are projected in a different light. The book highlights the importance of circumstances and environment in growing up and surviving the world as a good and balanced person.