There are many theories as to what the reaction of the public would be if Victor’s creature was ever shown to the public and the most common one is found in a great majority if not all movie adaptations.
For example the 2015 movie “Victor Frankenstein” has Victor and Igor create the creature and then animate it in front of a small audience. this leads to many of them being revolted, a few being interested, and the police trying to destroy the monster they have created. Ultimately the two main characters destroy the creature themselves.
Basically the creature being introduced to the populace would always spell disaster according to the adaptations and general logic. Most people would see it as not something that should even be attempted and as an abomination that needs to be destroyed right away.
After Victor goes and hears his creature’s story he decides to agree to create another creature like him but in a female version. Victor finally decides to start his work on this female creature after he reaches England with Henry. In the story, Henry dies because Victor angered the creature by destroying what work he had done on the female creature and disregarding his promise to the Creature. Victor gave the reason that the creature would not honor it’s word and both creatures combined would be the destruction of humanity.
I think that he was wrong. The monster only ever wanted to help and be kind to humans until it realized that none of them would ever be kind to it. I believe that if Victor would have fulfilled his promise and created a female version of his creature then the monster would have had the assurance that not all humans wanted it dead or that at least his creator cared for it. The creature would have had no reason for any hostility with other humans and would have been able to live in contentment and realize it’s dream of being with another of it’s kind. This would have ensured Henry, Elisabeth, and Victor’s survival and the story would have a very different ending. It might even not have had an ending as well since the current one requires Victor to be taken on-board Walton’s ship and this requires many deaths.
There is a mythical creature that is said to live in the Americas called Bigfoot and also known as Sasquatch. This is the same creature as the one made by Victor Frankenstein because the creature told Victor his plan for when he would be done with him.
“I will go to the vast wilds of South America. My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment.” He said this on page 176 of the novel. At the end of the story, the creature says it will make a pyre and burn itself to death but we have no way of knowing if the creature really does this as he “was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.” Since the creature struggles to stay alive for the whole story, we have no reason to think it will actually kill itself but instead it most probably went south to the New World (the Americas). As for it surviving all these years, the answer is simple: the creature can’t die from old age because it is already dead.
Bigfoot is said to be around 8 feet tall, have a pronounced brow ridge, have black hair and a strong unpleasant smell. It is also said that Bigfoot is omnivorous and nocturnal. All of these things are true for Frankenstein’s creature as well. This is why Frankenstein’s creature is still alive and is no other than the mythical Bigfoot.
In the Note section in the beginning of Mary Shelly’s book, it mentions that the novel has the subtitle: ‘The Modern Prometheus’. After reading the book, I can definitely agree with the relevance of this subtitle.
Just like Prometheus in Greek mythology, Victor Frankenstein does something no one else dared to do. For Prometheus it was giving the human race the secrets of fire. For Frankenstein it was creating life out of death. They both thought to achieve their purposes for the sake of the development and betterment of humanity and both their creations brought them suffering. This suffering comes from Zeus for Prometheus in the form of being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten by an eagle every day. For Frankenstein, it could be said to be worse as it is his whole project, his own creation, that makes him suffer. His creature destroys him by ruining his family and murdering his friends and family members but the creature also ends up being the death of him.
Mary Shelly had gained an interest for writing stories as a child but she had preferred writing things like others did. She writes “I was a close imitator – rather doing as others had done than putting down the suggestions of my own mind.” This started to change when she got married as her husband pushed her to become famous from the start.
The idea of Frankenstein came to her in 1816 when she and her husband visited Lord Byron in Switzerland. During one of the many rainy days of that summer, they read many ghost stories and Lord Byron proposed that they would each write a ghost story. Shelly spent many days trying to gain inspiration for her horrific ghost story and it was after listening to a conversation between Lord Byron and her husband on the nature of the principle of life and the experiments of Dr. Darwin that she finally found the inspiration she needed. Shelly didn’t sleep that night but instead spent it imagining the story to the extent that she scared herself, she thought “What terrified me will terrify others”, and in the morning she started writing it down.
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelly, or Mary Shelly for short was born in 1797. She was the “daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity.” Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died less than two weeks after her birth and William Godwin encouraged her intellectual development but was emotionally distant. Even through these parental mishaps, her parents were a heavy influence on her.
At 16 years old, Mary Shelly eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelly and married him in 1816. She began writing arguably one of the most famous works of fiction in the same year.