The Real Monster in Frankenstein Essay

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The Real Monster in Frankenstein
The passage at the beginning of chapter nine in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein summarizes Victor Frankenstein’s thoughts on the monster he created two years earlier. The text paints a horrific picture of a creature created by Victor that has escaped and is out committing crime and destruction. The point of the passage is for Victor to describe the monster and its effects on his life in attempt to gain sympathy from the audience, but the reader must also note the monstrous qualities that come out in Victor. Although Victor tries to gain sympathy by sharing his feelings and descriptions, the passage causes readers to view Victor as the actual monster in the novel because of his monstrous qualities and
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He is speaking about the fact that Elizabeth, his father, and his brother are in danger because of his creation. He also calls himself the “author” of the monster and says that he “thoughtlessly bestowed” the monster, which are more admittances of the part he played in creating the creature. Victor is responsible for the creation of this being, which makes him the ultimate monster.
Although the text repeatedly describes Victor’s creation as atrocious, a particular description by Victor about himself causes him to be viewed as monstrous. Victor describes what happens when he thinks of the monster when he says, “I gnashed by teeth, my eyes became inflamed…” This description of Victor paints a horrific depiction that causes Victor to be pictured as a wild beast. The text goes onto say that Victor wishes to “extinguish that life” of the monster that he is responsible for creating. He mentions the “hatred and revenge” he feels that would ultimately allow him to murder the monster. He would “precipitate him” off the top of a mountain to his death. Victor says, “I wished to see him again, that I might wreak the utmost extent of abhorrence on his head.” The readers were already aware how Victor felt about the monster, but when he says he wants to wreak abhorrence on his head, they see how angry and serious he is. Although he repeatedly mentions the wickedness and crime of the monster, he himself talks about wanting to avenge and kill the being.

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