The Role Of Evil In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Often times, in the court of law, and in society, murderers and crime offenders are often viewed as “hateful, malicious, and vicious” by the general public; and honestly, it’s easy to view them as such. You had said so yourself early this week about a certain case that occurred in which you asked, “What would make someone turn so evil?” However, I believe that our society has caused us to highlight and view criminals’ bad nature, rather than looking at the root of what caused them to go awry. At times, their crimes overshadow the fact that they are still human.
I used this thought that we had discussed earlier and applied it to a rather strong central theme that is present within Frankenstein: What caused Frankenstein’s creation to go awry? If Victor is the reason for his creation’s radical hatred towards mankind, who is the real monster in this case? Specifically, one stark passage on page seventy-five clearly delineates the creation’s
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For many nights, Frankenstein’s anxiety and depression caused him to be sleep depraved. He would spend weeks in agony over the thought that he had let a killer, who was superior to humans in every way, out into the world. He says, “No one can conceive the anguish I suffered during the remainder of the night, which I spent, cold and wet, in the open air. But I did not feel the inconvenience of the weather; my imagination was busy in scenes of evil and despair.” (57). Whilst Frankenstein is trying to discover ways in which he could abase his creation’s impending attack on him, in my opinion, he should have been considering how differently this situation would have been if he had showed compassion towards his creation. His creation put his statement in a succinct fashion: “You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing?” Since the creation feels no outward love from mankind, why should he care about

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