Selfishness In Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein was a selfish man who did not understand the responsibility associated with the creation of human life. He allowed Justine to die innocently and did not protect Elizabeth. The product of his selfishness opened a new world of horror and hate to the society in which he and his family lived. Mary Shelley opens the book with a bittersweet setting; which slowly; by the end of the book turns into a horrific tragedy. Victor Frankenstein lives a happy life with an adopted cousin named Elizabeth. All is well until he finds himself in love with the idea of creating life. This desire consumes him until he is successful. Eventually, Frankenstein destroys everything that is important in sustaining his happiness. The creation of life …show more content…
This you alone can do” (Shelley 104). Frankenstein reluctantly agrees and begins the selfish process of yet another monster. When Frankenstein comes to his senses, almost before it’s too late he destroys the female monster. The monster comes to Frankenstein, and they are both horrified. Frankenstein demands that the monster leaves. The monster replies with a promise, “It is well. I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding night” (Shelley 123). The night of the wedding Elizabeth and Frankenstein leave the ceremony. Frankenstein is so afraid for his own life but then notices Elizabeth is sorrowful. He says, “You are sorrowful, my love. Ah! if you knew what I have suffered, and what I may yet endure, you would endeavour to let me taste the quiet and freedom from despair that this one day at least permits me to enjoy” (Shelley 142). He can not understand that the monster desires Elizabeth 's blood and not his. Frankenstein watches and waits for the monster outside, leaving Elizabeth alone inside. And then suddenly, “I heard a shrill and dreadful scream. It came from the room into which Elizabeth had retired. As I heard it , the whole truth rushed into my mind, my arms dropped, the motion of every muscle and fibre was suspended; I could feel the blood trickling in my veins, and tingling in the extremities of my limbs. She was there, lifeless and inanimate” (Shelley 144). The self indulgent Frankenstein let his dear Elizabeth

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