Creator vs. Creation
Victor Frankenstein creates one of the most horrible creatures known to man; it was also the most human. Sometimes a creation can be more “real” than the creator. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the main character, Victor, creates a beast that is argued to be more human than the creator. Human characteristics show that Victor’s creature is more human than the creator himself because he thinks of others and feels betrayed.
Victor Frankenstein has a mighty ego while his creature feels for himself and others. The creature soon talks to Victor and tells him of his feelings and thoughts. The creature describes himself as “alone and miserable” and is heartbroken because “man will not associate” with him (213). Victor’s monster is ashamed of his loneliness and is sad that no one cares for ...view middle of the document...
Victor cares for himself when there is danger and his beast feels the rage of revenge when he gets angry and the loneliness of fear when he is afraid. The creature recites his journey to find a home for himself. He tells Victor that he “lay down happy” in his new home which shelter him “from the barbarity of man”(215). The monster tells Victor how happy he is to find a place of his own in the mountains. The monster hates man and wishes to be away from them. The monster does many horrible things to Victor’s family because Victor betrays him. After Victor destroys his female creature the monster says, “it is well” but remember “[he will be with him on his wedding night]”(147). The monster swears revenge on Victor by telling him he will be with him on his wedding night. Because he is enraged, the creature feels angry and threatens Victor. While Victor ponders the monster’s plane, he automatically thinks it has to with himself and the creature in a fight to the death. When he hears his wife scream Victor realizes “the whole truth” and his “blood trickles in his veins” when he finds Elizabeth’s body (173). Victor realizes that the monster wanted to kill Elizabeth and not him. He always thinks of himself and when he finally realizes the truth it is to late. Victor is only concerned for himself, and even though he feels rage, the monster, still cares for others.
Furthermore human characteristics show that Victor’s monster is more human than himself. Victor Frankenstein did create the most horrible creature known to man but it was also the most human. Because he feels for others, the monster has more heart than Victor has for human beings while Victor cares only for himself and nobody else.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam, 1981.