Moral Responsibility In Frankenstein

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When things don’t turn out the way people want them to, they easily blame others for theirs actions. Taking responsibility for one’s doing is easy if the outcome is accepted by others. But if the outcome is bad, they easily pass the responsibility to others. Humans are prone to blame others for mistakes they make. A unchangeable mistake was made when Victor Frankenstein created a monster in Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein. The monster was abandoned at first sight by his creator. Knowing nothing of the outside world, he has to learn how to live on his own. He commits many evil deeds throughout the book. The monster was not accepted by society nor his creator. The responsibility of the monster evil deeds is upon Victor Frankenstein, society, and …show more content…
After being rejected from society and his owner, the monster needed a different type of acceptance in his lonely life. The monster wanted someone that would understand him and be just like him. He desperately pleaded for someone like him, “ 'I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create. '” (Shelley 129). After asking Victor to create someone like himself, Victor denied his request. The monster tells Victor why he is in pain which led to his act of murder. Reader can see that the monster has no innate to harm anyone. His constant rejection from society and lack of companionship led him to respond violently to other. Human companionship is one of the most basic needs of humans that can be seen in the Creation story. It is tricky for any human to find the perfect companion especially if one is one of a kind. K.M. Banham Bridges can agree that the lack of companionship or feeling of loneliness can lead to crime. His study shows many factors which contribute to juvenile Delinquency. He states:
“He is also deprived of socially acceptable means of expression for such strong instincts as curiosity and ad- venture, rivalry, sex, or self-display. As a result he will be compelled to , find some outlet for these pent-up tendencies, and it may not be a socially acceptable one.
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The monster in Frankenstein did commit various violent acts. Although, he is not the one to blame for his violent acts. He was created by Victor Frankenstein who is to blame for abandoning him on his first day of being alive. If Victor did not abandon him he might have turned out to be less violent. Victors desire for the unknown is also responsible for the creation of the monster in the first place. Society is to blame for neglecting him and not accepting him for his appearance. Society played a huge role of responsibility for the monster acts. The monster did not fit into their “norm.” Lastly the lack of companionship also led the monster to behave the way he does. The monster had no one on his side. Victory and everyone else was not accepting towards him. The monster felt lonely and needed someone like him. if society and his created accepted the monster they might have seen the monster through a new perspective. The monster is not to blame for his vicious acts. The people in his environment are the one’s who should be

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