Victor Frankenstein’s creature was born benevolent and only becomes malevolent due to the injustices, cruelty, and prejudice inflicted on him from mankind.
One of the first instances of cruelty from mankind towards the creature was his own father abandoned it shortly after he was born. As a young boy, Victor Frankenstein was fascinated with the works of ancient and outdated achlemists. He later went to attend a university where he learns about modern science and becomes obsessed with the “secret of life.” He becomes fixated on discovering a way to create life through artificial means. He devotes himself to study day and night, neglecting his friends and family. After two years of labor in his laboratory, he finally discovers the secret he is searching for. Victor is about to become the creator of a new species. Victor goes to graveyards and selected the most beautiful features for his ...view middle of the document...
Victor goes on to say, “No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endured with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch,” (36) indicating his strong discrimination against the creature he created. After Victor’s initial encounter with the creature, he “sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view” (36). All of these instances of cruelty from mankind the creature faced began the creature’s transformation from being a benevolent soul, to a malevolent one.
After being abandoned by its father the creature is met with more cruelty and prejudice as it flees to a nearby village. The people in the village had never seen anyone that looked like Frankenstein before. He appeared grotesque and alarmingly large to them. People often react with prejudice to someone who appears very different from themselves, especially if they present an abnormal or freighting appearance. Frankenstein entered one of the villagers huts after seeing that they had garden vegetables, milk and cheese inside. The family inside was frightened by the sight of him. Frankenstein said, “…but I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted” (74). Frankenstein had not expected this reaction. The family in the village had preconceived ideas about Frankenstein before he had a chance to say anything to them. This was based on fear and prejudice due to his grotesque appearance. Frankenstein said that, “The whole village was roused, some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel” (74). Frankenstein decided to avoid the village people because he knew that they had no compassion or kindness towards him. They had already pelted him with stones and forced him to retreat to a safe haven. Frankenstein said, “ Here then I retreated, and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man” (74).