Brit. Lit. Period 1
8 February 2013
The Monster Within Victor
In the romantic novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein is a slightly deranged scientist who is obsessed with creating life. Consumed and driven with the idea of fame and glory, Victor plays god and creates a monstrous creature, one that causes him much more harm than good. Victor Frankenstein’s curious nature leads to his corruption and desire for revenge.
Victor’s eagerness to expand the mind started at very young age. After Frankenstein is rescued by Robert Walton right before he freezes to death, he unveils his life story and secret. Victor Frankenstein reminisces to his lavish childhood and explains to Walton “I was capable of a more intense application, and was more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge” (Shelley 18). As a young boy, Victor was interested in discovering the “elixir of life”. Engulfed with “what glory would attend the discovery” (Shelley 22), Victor’s curiosity leads him to dedicate his work and studies to the creation of life. Eventually, Victor Frankenstein’s efforts are manifested in the creation of the monster. Frankenstein’s thirst for knowledge leads to the disturbance of nature by playing god. The monster, Victor’s fallen angel, essentially becomes the root of his corruption.
After the production of the monster, Victor Frankenstein slowly becomes corrupted. Disgusted with the horrendous creature that he had created, Victor neglects his duty to love and care for his creation. The loneliness and desire for companionship causes the monster to go on a rampage, killing Victor Frankenstein’s loved ones. Victor soon creates a promise with the monster to create a female companion for him, on the condition that the monster “quit Europe forever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of man” (Shelley 107). However, Victor goes back on his bond and refuses to create another monster. Frankenstein is unable to see the desperate...