October 18 2010
Date Due: October 20 2010
Choose a complex and important character in Frankenstein who might on the basis of the character’s actions alone could be considered evil or immoral. In a well-organized essay, explain both how and why the full presentation of the character makes us react more sympathetically than we otherwise might. Avoid plot summary.
“If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.” Frankenstein, upon confronting his ...view middle of the document...
Frankenstein also reveals to his creation that “I gazed on my victim, with exultation and hellish triumph … I exclaimed, I too can create desolation.” His devilish action did not cause him to regret but instead, he felt triumph and accomplishment. The creature also adds that “My enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall destroy him.” Frankenstein wanted to do everything in his power to destroy his negligent creator. After the lessons learned from the De Lacey family about “the views of social life,” it can be inferred that he knew that murdering Victor’s brother would hurt him very much. Frankenstein wanted Victor to feel the same hurt he felt when he was rejected by others.
Even after the murdering William, Frankenstein did not end his evil deeds; he went ahead to frame Justine up as the murderer. When he stumbles across Justine asleep in the barn, he admires her beauty; but when he thinks about her reaction towards him when she wakes up, he decides to cause her misery before she can do the same to him.
Usually, thinking about consequences and end results before doing a wrong deed will cause you to refrain from doing it. On the contrary, after realizing how his actions may later affect him negatively, he puts the portrait he found on William in Justine’s pocket so that she would be the culprit after the investigation of William’s death which shows how malevolent he is. The creature even reveals that “the murder I have committed because I am forever robbed of all that she could give me, she shall atone.” This implies that Frankenstein wants to frame her because she has everything he wants but cannot receive. Once again, he wants other people to understand his loneliness and misery therefore he shares his misery with each and everybody he meets.
Not only does Frankenstein do repulsive things, he says offensive things about himself and verbally wishes harm against his creator. The creature refers to himself as a “fiend,” a “creature,” and a devil while narrating his story to his creator. His experiences with mankind have given him such a negative view of life that he doesn’t see anything good about himself; he only points out the bad and monstrous creature everybody sees. When Frankenstein confronts his...