Frankenstein (The Creator\'s Faults in the Creation)

The Creator\'s Faults in the Creation



Often the actions of children are reflective of the attitudes of those



who raised them. In the novel Frankenstein : Or the Modern Prometheus by



Mary Shelly, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the sole being that can take



responsibility for the creature that he has created, as he is the only one



that had any part in bringing it into being. While the actions of the



creation are the ones that are the illegal and deadly their roots are



traced back to the flaws of Frankenstein as a creator.



 



Many of Frankenstein\'s faults are evident in the appearance of his



creation. It is described as having yellow skin, dark black hair, eyes



sunk into their sockets, and black lips (Shelly 56). Frankenstein, having



chosen the parts for his creature, is the only one possible to blame for



its appearance. Martin Tropp states that the monster is "designed to be



beautiful and loving, it is loathsome and unloved" (64). Clearly it is



Frankenstein\'s lack of foresight in the creation process to allow for a



creature that Frankenstein "had selected his features as beautiful," (56)



to become something which the very sight of causes its creator to say



"breathless horror and disgust filled my heart"(56). He overlooks the



seemingly obvious fact that ugliness is the natural result when something



is made from parts of different corpses and put together. Were he



thinking more clearly he would have noticed monster\'s hideousness.



 



Another physical aspect of the monster which shows a fault in



Frankenstein is its immense size. The reason that Frankenstein gives for



creating so large a creature is his own haste. He states that ,"As the



minuteness of the parts formed a great hinderance to my speed, I resolved,



contrary to my first intention, to make a being gigantic in stature ..."



(52). Had Frankenstein not had been so rushed to complete his project he



would not have had to deal with such a physically intimidating creature.



Tropp however states that ambition may have had a role in the size of the



creation. He says that the creation is "born of Frankenstein\'s



megalomania" (81). This may indeed be true as the inventor states "A new



species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent



natures would owe their being to me" (52). Frankenstein seems obsessed



with being the father of this new race, so he makes the creature large in



order to assure its dominance.



 



The more important defect within Frankenstein is not so much shown in



the appearance that he gave his creation, but the manner in which he



responds to it. The first thing that Frankenstein notices upon the



activation of his creation is one of being appalled (56). Frankenstein



sees the creature\'s physical appearance only, taking no time to attempt to



acknowledge its mental nature. He cannot accept it simply because it looks



too far removed from his view of beautiful (Oates 77). Because of this he



drives the creature away, abandoning it. The creature is "in one sense an



infant-a comically monstrous eight foot baby- whose progenitor rejects him



immediately after creating him..." (Oates 70). It is due to this



abandonment that the monster develops the murderous tendencies displayed



later in the novel. Even when the creature is shown to be naturally good,



its physical form never allows it acceptance. Whenever the creation



attempts to be rational with Frankenstein it is rejected, with in almost



all cases Frankenstein sighting its appearance as one of the reasons.



"Frankenstein\'s response to the \'thing\' he has created is solely in



aesthetic terms..." (Oates 75).



 



Throughout the novel Frankenstein continually insists that "The



tortures of Hell are too mild a vengeance for all [the creature\'s] crimes"



(95). Frankenstein is incorrect, however in assuming that the creature is



inherently evil. Mary Lowe-Evans states that ,"Nothing in Frankenstein is



more unexpected than the Creature\'s sensitivity" (52). His benevolent



nature described in his story is meant to show that he is not the beast



that Frankenstein has made him out to be (Lowe-Evans 52). The creature is



intrigued by the lives of the people that he finds living in a small cabin,



the De Laceys. The creature loves everything about these people and



attempts to aid them by gathering for them much needed firewood. This



action is described by Tropp as, "a last attempt to enter its [Paradise\'s}



gates" (75). He also sympathizes with the plights of other unfortunate



people that he hears of such as the Native Americans (Lowe-Evans 53). It



is only upon being again rejected because of