Revenge Quotes In Frankenstein

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Did you know that Mary Shelley, the author of one the most studied books in our recent history, was less than twenty years old when she started writing the novel Frankenstein? Pretty impressive considering how complex the book is, plot, characters and all. One of the things we all know about this book is how a doctor created a creature and this creature went on a rampage and killed people and we all think we know how monstrous he is. But that’s not the full story, some could argue that Victor Frankenstein, the doctor who created this monster, is actually more of a monstrous character than the creature that we all have come to know as the “monster”. Victor is cruel to his creation, he is neglectful, so much so that he gets his own creation to …show more content…
you may hate; but beware! Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever. Are you to be happy, while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness? You can blast my other passions; but revenge remains-revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food! I may die; but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery” (Shelley 122). This quote from the monster shows Victor to be a monster because it demonstrates the pain and suffering he has caused the monster and how he shows absolutely no remorse for any being other than himself, even if that being was created by him and if that being see’s him as his true creator. Another example of Victor being proven to be a monster is when the creature is telling Victor how cruel and cold hearted he is after he asks him to make him a mate, when he says “How inconstant are your feelings! but a moment ago you were moved by my representations, and why do you again harden yourself to my complaints” (Shelley …show more content…
After the monster strangles poor William to death, Victor feels a sense of responsibility for his actions, this can be inferred when Victor says “I, not in deed, but in effect, was the true murderer” (Shelley 63). This quote fully demonstrates the monstrosity in Victor’s character because it shows him admitting that he is a murderer, and by the tone of voice which we read his thoughts in, he does not seem to have much guilt in knowing the fact. Speaking generally, someone who kills someone else, directly or not, and really cares about the situation, will do everything they can to make things right, but Victor holds his own interests over those of others and lets Justine die because of it. This action is actually quite pitiful, Victor is willing to see someone he has grown up and lived with for practically his entire life die because he is too worried about his own security, so much so that he won’t even speak up in a trial which could (and does) result in Justine’s execution. Victor’s monstrosity is also demonstrated just before Justine’s trial, when everyone is explaining why the evidence proves Justine guilty, Victor says “You are all mistaken; I know the murderer. Justine, poor, good Justine, is innocent” (Shelley 53). This is perfect justification of Victor being monstrous because

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