Frankenstein


Captain Robert Walton serves as a bridge for Victor Frankenstein, since both are adventurers, overreachers without boundaries. "Learn from me . . . how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Curiosity gives their lives meaning, knowledge is their enemy. Victor conquerors nature through the pursuit of knowledge and ignores any morals and people, he has come to know. Borne of science, Victor defies religion and nature, and the creature must therefore take on a more spiritual or mythical aspect. The creature is a great epitome of man, since his body reflects ours, it’s potential is great yet it’s appearance is disgusting. However we urn for our weaknesses to be accepted by our community, in doing so the community benefits from our strength.


Men are deceived by how a others can be so unattractive. Ever since we recognized disease, we associate it with evil, and instantly look upon it with disgust. In the bible any disability was believed to be the work of daemons. Instantly man relates ugliness with evil.


We see that the monster, at birth, isn’t monstrous in heart at all. Frankenstein creates living from the dead, seeming to give life to an ugly, yet angelic creature. Later this creature falls to darkness, through frustration which leads to anger and revenge. Why does the monster become an evil being?


Man is an adaptive species, and does what is needed in order for survival. Since the monster was born of man, than he must be equally, or more greatly adaptive. Every man, who can see the monster shows violence and incompetence towards him, (when he’s chased out of towns.) The monster had the ability to slaughter these people, he chose to leave. This proves the monster is a noble being, not evil.


The monster searches for peace among man. The monster helps a family and expresses his intentions of peace to an old blind man. This proves that the monster is a good man who wishes only serenity in his life, and his only flaw is his appearance. Before the monster has a chance to make peace with the old man he is savagely attacked by his step son Felix. The monster is deeply saddened and loses what little faith he had left in living at peace with man.


The monster, outcast by the hate of ugliness by man, becomes miserable. The moon is his only comfort. After the instance with the family, he attempts to reason with Victor Frankenstein. Since the dawn of man we have expressed 2 different actions when provoked, fight or flight. The monster fleas to his father, asking him for comfort. When the monster confronts Victor we see that a mate and a peaceful life is all the monster would still like.


Victor is to create a female companion for the monster, in fear for his family and friends (the monster threatens to kill them if Frankenstein does not comply). When Frankenstein is overcome by horror of the monster reproducing and having monsters harass all of man kind. "There was non among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No: from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery." Frankenstein destroys his work and with it any chance for the monsters ataraxia.


Because the monster is not excepted in this world he is not even pitied enough by any man to be given a secluded life with a mate. The monster has failed to flea to a paradise, or even peace. His life is filled with hate, this angers him. He is provoked by man and decides to fight Victor, hitting him where he can only be hurt in his heart (since Victor wishes death upon himself for creating "a wretched fiend"). The monster kills Frankenstein’s family and friends.


The monster is like those kids in school who get picked on, then take a shotgun to school and kill anybody