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.


Rant on De Lacey Post

The De Lacey Post. Explaining how De Lacey was able to interact with the Creature without being judgment by his looks.


A lesson can be learned from this. What if we were all able to walk in the shoes of a blind man for a couple days and meet new people? Even people we absolutely loath. The power of words and bonding without sight can reveal something new in every conversation. By loosing our vision we actually see more then before. This is because our senses obscure our judgment on everything. We are quick to judge when we smell something bad or “feel” hostile presence. In reality we can’t know about any of those unless we encounter them and experience their true essence.

In reality, no one’s perfect. People are weak and unsightly. We grow jealous and try to kick each other down all too easily. Strangely enough, the greater the man, the more he suffers in life. Maybe De Lacey is better than all of us, not because he’s blind but because he knows what it’s like to suffer and loose everything.

Is De Lacey Nice To the Creature Just Because He’s Blind?

De Lacey originated from France, he lives in a cottage with his son and daughter. He’s a kind aged being. P.144 “descended from a good family in France” , he’s the only person we read who treats the monster kindly. But is this only because he’s blind?

His vision isn’t clouded by prejudice of the creature’s ugliness. He doesn’t see the outside of the creature only, his true self. Compared to every other character, he encounters with. Even animals are seen keeping their distance from him. As an example, when he saves the girl from drowning he is “rewarded” with a bullet shot at him.

p.175 “But that cannot be; the human senses are insurmountable barriers to our union.” This is saying that the Creature can never be accepted for the sole reason of his looks. Are people so shallow as to instantly reject and judge him straight away without even considering his story? The creature never asked to be created.



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