Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - A Victim of Society Essay

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Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - A Victim of Society

The creature Victor Frankenstein describes in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is far from a villain, at least in the traditional sense. This creature is a victim of circumstance, scarred by society, and scorned by its own creator. Contrary to the Christian belief in original sin, I sympathize with the monster's view on life when he states: "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend" (Shelly 78). I disagree with the idea that all men are born sinners, I feel that all men are born pure and clean. It is only their future actions that make them imperfect.

A true relationship between the monster and Victor never existed. Victor is similar to a man who fathers a child only for
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By the end of this paper I hope to shed some light on what defines a real criminal, whether we are talking about a fictional monster, the US justice system, or looking at the situation of youth, in America or around the world.

Let us begin by discussing the hypocrisy of Victor's thinking. Victor initially feels as if he is an almighty scientist, prepared for even the most disturbing images of death, as in this passage: "In my education my father had taken the greatest precautions that my mind should be impressed with no supernatural horrors. I do not even remember to have trembled at a tale of superstition, or to have feared the apparition of a spirit" (33-34). Soon Victor's attitude changes and reveals that he is not only concerned with scientific discovery or merit; he is not even as strong-stomached as he claims; he is a selfish child who only wants to create a "neat" toy. Terrified by his creation his attitude soon changes to fear: "Oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endured with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch" (40). Victor worked feverishly for two years only to abandon his creation. This reaction is similar to that of a child who begs his mother or father for a dog, but when he finds out it requires responsibility, ends up taking the pet to an animal shelter.

When Victor speaks about his father he says, "Beloved and respectable parent! He

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