Self-Creation And Creation In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Frankenstein, more than anything else, asks the question of what a living creature is to do, with no purpose instilled into them. At its very core, it is a story about the ramifications of creating life, assuming the role of the creator, and ultimately the level responsibility that we are expected from this act.
The novel itself seeks to deconstruct the story of genesis and the birth of man, by casting an imperfect being at the role of creator. Victor Frankenstein is the man put into the part of designer. A scientist …show more content…
The story paints him as a tragic figure unaccepted by any, as he comes across many different people in his travels, many of whom seek to harm him for his physically grotesque appearance. Much like the malice his creature had from him, when he came to be.
But many of the creature’s actions cause harm unto other people. While at first it’s merely due to self-defense, but after developing a distaste to humanity as a collective, his actions often purposely cause harm to others. One could place reasonability on either party. The creature for choosing to do harm unto others, Victor for not teaching his monster the ways of the world, much as the parent is expected to instill a moral code for their child.
Eventually, He reasons that if he were to find companionship, then that would be sufficient enough purpose to continue on living. But as more of his attempts end in failure, he Reasons that it is his creator’s responsibility to provide him with the means to find fulfillment in life. An idea that sprung to life when he read the tale of creation, and saw what god had done for Adam in his story. With this conviction, the creature seeks out his creator once more, with a very specific …show more content…
He is initially met with denial, but upon stating that it is Victor’s responsibility to take heed of his creations needs, Victor’s interest in playing God is once again piqued, as well as his desire to be rid of the monster who now haunted his every action.
In a repetition of events that had occurred before, Victor once again isolates himself from others. He begins to repeat his work, attempting to create a bride, and enteral companion for his creation, much as God did for Adam. After seeing his creation smiling at him through a window, pleased with the progress of his companion, Victor realizes that he is simply repeating the mistakes of the past. And in action that would decide the fates of both parties for the rest of their lives, he decides to destroy his new project before it is finished.
Furious at this, the creature swears to make Victor pay for costing his only chance at happiness. With this the creature finally settles for a manmade purpose in his life. He fully takes on the role of destroyer to his creator, and for whether or not Victor intended to, he gave new purpose to his