Monsters: decisions or surroundings?

Through the story, we can argue that there are three monsters: Victor Frankenstein, its Creature and society. However, some of them are monsters off bad decisions, others due to their surroundings.

 

Victor Frankenstein can be considered a monster due to the fact that he abandonned his monster, he also led to a death because he did not mention that the death of his little brother was due to his Creature. For Victor, therefore, we can say that he is a monster due to the decisions he took in the story.

 

For the Creature, of course he is a monster because of the killings he did, but it can be argued that the real fault is his surroundings. If society in general and his creator Victor did not reject him so much, he would have probably not kill anyone. Therefore, we can say that the Creature is a monster for both his actions but also that his surroundings led him into this monster.

 

Finally, for society, it is again both a mix of bad decisions and its surroundings. They should never have rejected the Creature so bad everywhere he went. The Creature had nothing but good intentions and to join a society where he could live. However, we can say that those bad actions can be explained by the surroundings, as people made standards of what human beings should look like, therefore, the Creature, not fitting the standards, is a excuse of their bad actions towards him.

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Answer to Letter to Frankenstein

Dear Creature,

Let me explain you, to make things clearer

 

Before calling anyone a monster,

Take a good look at yourself in the mirror

 

Actions and reactions off bad decisions are the ultimate definition of what gives horror

 

See through your mind, is the fault really mine?

The design of your spine doesn’t give you human disguise

 

It’s maybe not a coincidence that you end up in cold

Maybe karma finally decided to get a hold

 

Given to your intuitions, this is not an experiment

Your creator is back, He’s going to put an end to this.

 

 

Frankenstein in Real Life

In 1940, Russians scientifics made an experiment where they kept a dog`s head alive for few minutes. The head of the dog reacted to sound, touch, taste and light.

Even if it is disgusting for the average citizen, it is quite incredible from a scientific point of view.

For a long time, we thought of bringing the dead back to life as imaginary, fantasy and science-fiction, such as Frankenstein’s monster.

Even if it lasted only for a few minutes, it is incredible results, considering that it has been performed in 1940.

Science never stops evolving, as the first human head transplantation is scheduled for December 2017.

It is interesting to consider how Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is seen has one of the greatest horror stories of all time, and how its main plot might become reality in years to come.

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Letter to Victor Frankenstein

Dear Victor Frankenstein,

We say that with intelligence does not come maturity.

 

You made me,

But you also destroyed me

 

You are my creator,

But who is, between us two, the real monster?

 

You are a great scientist, no doubt,

But I had to make my own route

 

When you put something to life,

You don’t abandon it,

Maybe that is why you lost your wife,

As a father, you must commit

 

At my creation, you left me. You should have think twice,

And maybe I would have been nice

 

 

 

 

Who is at fault?

Who is more at fault: Victor Frankenstein or the Monster?

This is a question that the story leaves the reader with. On one side, we can say that Victor Frankenstein is irresponsible for what he did. Also, he had no real reason to create a monster, except out of scientific curiosity. Also, Victor is careless with his family, which they basically all die throughout the story.

On the other hand, we can say that the monster clearly overreacts throughout the story. Of course, some bad happen to him, but it is certainly not a reason to kill. The monster is therefore more at fault on this point.

Milton’s Paradise Lost

 

As said in one of our previous posts, Milton’s Paradise Lost plays as a religious figure in Frankenstein, but there is way more to it.

As soon as Victor Frankenstein made his monster, he left. That made the monster unable to live in society (unable to read, talk, or even understand thirst and hunger). Over time, the monster learns to read English. He finds a book called Paradise Lost and reads it.

Paradise Lost is indeed a book that gives a religious aspect to the book, as it talks about Adam and Eve in a more extended way. It is interesting to consider that the monster reads it. This is a pretty complicated book to read. Most of us humans would have difficulties reading it, but the monster reads it anyway. Paradise Lost is a very thick novel.

The book Paradise Lost was written in 1667, and Frankenstein in 1818, which represents a difference of over one and a half century.

There is an ironic part as Paradise Lost talks about how the first humans came to life in such a random way, just like Frankenstein’s monster.