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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; the monster is not Frankenstein’s creation, the so-called monster, but rather Frankenstein the creator. Society views monsters as ugly beasts that are a sigh of destruction and commonly depicted as having no since of judgment and no conscience. However, not all monsters fit this common description. Some monsters can hide beneath seemingly normal physical appearances. In, Frankenstein, it is the creator who is the monster and not the creature. The creature is a reflexion of the creator.
Frankenstein is the monster for many reasons: first, he goes to charnel houses and searches around for body parts to create a perfect monster “Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay, and forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel houses.” (56). He was searching through body remains, he seems unbothered by the dead people that surround him, and in fact he almost is happy “suddenly a light broke upon me brilliant and yet so simple”(56). He’s happy finding the parts for his creation. Once Frankenstein has created his being he is appalled by it, ” I had selected is features as beautiful.
Beautiful! Great God”(60). He seems to finally see what he was creating and have become aware of the vast differences that common man will see in the creature. So, astonished by his creations grotesqueness he abandons it “Unable to endure aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continue the longtime traversing my bedchamber unable to sleep.” (61) Rather then Frankenstein being a normal parent he is monstrous and abandons his creation, he isn’t like human parents that don’t betray their babies they take care and nurture them.
Killing is also trait of monsters. Frankenstein has a dream that he is talking to his father, “I’m not mad, I cried energetically; the sun in the heavens that was viewed my operations, and bear witness of my truth. I’m the assassin of those most innocent victims; they died by machinations.” (160). In Frankenstein’s dream he talks to his father about the killing he’s had to do to rescue the human race the room his own creation. When Justine was being framed for a murder she didn’t compete it was Frankenstein that new the true character. However he didn’t help her and as a result, she was sentenced to death. Frankenstein was a monster for not only abandoning his creature but for also killing, and picking through the remains of people. It is his hideous behavior that doesn’t resemble human nature; only a monster could be as monstrous as Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s creation the “monster” is grotesque looking; he fits the commons monster description in terms of appearance, made up of dead peoples’ remains.
The quote seen here just as Frankenstein created the creation “his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of luscious black, flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxurious only formed more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seamed almost of the same colors the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips.” (60). Later in the story he sees a little girl playing and when she starts to slip he saves her “Her foot slipped, and she fell into the rapid stream. I rushed from my hiding place; and with extreme labor from the force of the current, saved her, and dragged her to shore.” (125)
He tries to save the little girl, however his act of kindness is taken as though he’s trying to kill the girl. And he is even shot at by the girl’s father. Because of this incident the monster becomes enraged that his efforts not only will go on praised but also will be shot out for them. Because his creator has abandoned him, the creature starts to take revenge on all of man, for being so cruel to him. The creation begins to take on more and more behavior that could be interpreted as monstrous, though it is not his fault. Frankenstein’s creation kills Frankenstein’s little brother, however it is not an act of a monster it is an act of a creature that has had no guidance and the fault of his killing belongs to Frankenstein, because he was the creator and should be the teacher in the guide is well.
Frankenstein’s creation though it is called a monster isn’t the monster in Mary Shelley in the book Frankenstein that she was writing about. Frankenstein’s creation is no monster. He knows the difference between right and wrong. We can see this because he feels guilty when he does something that is wrong “No, guilt, no mischief, no malignity, no misery, can be found comparable to mine” (188). The creation also knows the difference between good and bad.
This is seen in his final statements “Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all of human kind sinned against me?”(188) The monster also feels human traits such as hunger, and thirst. Feeling these traits is typically a and aspects of all humans. “Oh, that I have for ever remained in my native would, you’re known nor felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat!” (109). This is no monster, this is a creature created without guidance, which sees his way through books, and the watching of others. While some people would look at the creation and see him has a monster only for his grotesque nature, it is not his fault that he was made from dead corpses, which Frankenstein found at charnel housed and vaults.
The monster is always trying to do well; he does not want to be shunned from society he wants to be accepted. The creature lives in the forest in the woods near a cottage and was resting when, “Her foot slipped, and she fell into the rapid string. I rushed for my hiding place; and, with extreme labor from the force of the current, saved her, and dragged her to shore.” (125) A being that is a monster would never try to save a life. Yet we see here Frankenstein’s creation saving a little girl. He’s no monster, for monsters don’t have the will to save, the will to keep life alive. This is not the only instance where we see the creation trying to help trying to make others happy.
The monster though out the novel feels allot of sorrow and other human emotions, as he learns more he reflex on his own self in comparison to society. “I cannot describe to use the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me I tried to dispel them but sorrow only increased with knowledge blow, that I have for ever remained in my native would, you’re known nor felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat.” (109) Here Frankenstein’s creation is talking to us about sorrow he feels.
He feels the sorrow because he knows he’s not accepted into society. A being that knows the difference between acceptances and non-acceptance cannot be a monster for monsters are hideous creatures that don’t know; they simply do. Frankenstein’s creation never simply does without thinking about the consequence, he feels guilty. “No guilt, no mischief, malignity can be found comparable to mine.” (188)
Frankenstein is the true projection of what a monster is. He continually displays monstrous behavior. Picking though corpses isn’t something that someone who isn’t a monster would do. Frankenstein also abandons life that he creates; this is something that no parent would do. He also kills people; this is a true sigh of a monster. Although his body does not look like that of the typical “monster” he creates a reflexion of his inner monstrous identity though his creation. Frankenstein is thus trying to create the perfect depiction of him, a monster that is so great he will be able to have strength and also brains.