English 2 Honors
October 27, 2017
Man is the True Monster
Science is a broad field which covers many aspects of everyday life and existence. Some areas of science include the study of the universe, the environment, dinosaurs, animals, and insects. Another popular science is the study of people and how they function. In the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is an aspiring scientist who studies the dead. His one goal in life was to be the first man to give life to a dead human being. After working months in isolation, he achieved his goal. However, upon looking at his creation, he abandoned it. The monster, now not having any sort of guidance, aimlessly walks around and tries to learn for himself how to survive. As a result of Victor abandoning his parenting role, the monster was shunned by humanity, and grew a deep hatred for them, especially Victor. Through his selfishness, ambition, and pursuit of knowledge, Victor makes it clear that he is the one responsible for all the bad actions that occur throughout the novel.
Victor is driven by selfish purposes. He does not wish to create the monster in any way to help people, or for the purposes of medical research, but for the purpose of glory and fame. Victor was so driven in his quest for glory, that he thought by bringing someone back from the dead, “…[he]would pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Shelly 53). However, upon laying eyes on his creation for the first time, Victor felt that his dream of glory “…vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart” (Shelly 60). Victor was so obsessed in his quest to become a god amongst men, (foresight) that he completely abandoned his creation, because he felt that his dreams had now been crushed upon its hideousness. Due to his selfish actions on that day, he brought chaos and suffering upon himself and all who he cared about.
Countless times throughout the novel, Victor shows that he is a coward, and does not take responsibility for his actions. A prime example of when this is displayed is the trial of Justine, a friend of Elizabeth who is being framed by the monster for the murder of his brother, William. Victor knows that the monster has committed this crime, but does not speak a word throughout the entire ordeal. Justine gave her defense to the court, but the jury and the judge were not convinced, and when Victor “…heard the popular voice…had already condemned [his] unhappy victim, I rushed out of the court in agony” (Shelly 81). Victor decided to run out of the court, and let Justine suffer rather than tell the court who he really thought was responsible for the murder. He abandoned Justine just as he did his creation that night in November, and because of Victor’s cowardice, the innocent Justine was executed. Victor even acknowledges the...