Comparing Frankenstein And The Creator In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Humanity thinks of itself as the superior race, above all other forms of life. However, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein takes this feeling of supremacy a step further and creates a monster out of deceased human corpses that he stole from local graveyards. However, this “monster” does not outline his creator’s expectations of mindlessness or humanity, but it embodies a sentient creature with some human-like characteristics. Despite the seemingly monstrous appearance and ignorance of Frankenstein’s creature, striking similarities appear between the creator and the created. In fact, throughout Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and his creation grow to share similar qualities of loneliness, regret, and love of nature. …show more content…
Frankenstein conducted the experiment that led to the creation of the creature because he craved new advancements and research; basically, he felt lonely without discovery. To satisfy his thirst for advancement, the scientist successfully revived the amalgam of corpses, but did not realize it. Thinking he failed, the scientist left his lab and the monster, leaving the hapless creation to join the world alone. Upon witnessing the monster’s horrid appearance, Frankenstein rejects his own creation and allows it to run off into the loneliness of the wilderness. Experiencing total social and cultural isolation in nature, the monster despaired and yearned for interaction. As a result of this desperation, the walking corpse eventually finds William Frankenstein, who the monster murders out of loneliness. Then, the monster finds Henry Clerval, Frankenstein’s friend, and ends his life as well. The death of his family member and his friend rattled Frankenstein, and he began to feel forsaken. The chain of loneliness between the two only expands, until it eventually reaches its height when Frankenstein confronts his creation. The creature asks his creator for a companion to satisfy his craving for interaction, but the scientist, afraid of what another monster would lead to, decides to eventually deny the monster his request. This causes to monster to vengefully slaughter his creator’s only happiness: his soon-to-be wife, Elizabeth Frankenstein. This leaves both Frankenstein and his monster forsaken; Frankenstein loses his sanity and the monster takes its own life out of loneliness. The two shared an unfortunate

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