I have to say, Frankenstein was quite depressing. Over the years, I’ve watched many adaptations, read many different versions, but the original story, while extraneously wordy at times was very depressing. I found myself sympathizing with the monster at times and feeling repulsive at Frankenstein for his selfish actions. Yet at the same time, I don’t find the monster innocent.
Frankenstein the Monstrous God? Well that’s what Frankenstein did. He played God and created life. And some would argue, that like ‘God’ he released his creation into society and did nothing to help him. Moreover, as much as Frankenstein may deny it, he had a fundamental role in shaping the monster into what he is. For Frankenstein refused to even help the monster, attempting to destroy it. Although his reasons were valid in a sense, they were motivated primarily by revenge. Which kind of brings up how he could be any type of impartial god because he has emotions and is heavily influenced by them, but did not Zeus or Poseidon have emotions? Thus, in a sense, Frankenstein was God of his monster, influencing almost everything that he did because of the way he created him and how he dealt with him.
The Monster, as he is known… the question that probably is most hotly debated is whether it is his fault or society’s fault or Frankenstein’s fault. Well… I believe a lot of the blame is can be portioned to Frankenstein, but I am very aware that the monster made his own decisions. The monster was kind, intelligent and at times, very compassionate. However, he is also very vengeful. The rage that led him to murder Elizabeth, William, Clerval and frame the murder on an innocent woman… That type of reasoning and decision making I detest. Could not the monster have stood up against society’s taunting of him and did he have to succumb to the curse Frankenstein placed on him? He had a choice. While the choice may have been extraordinarily difficult and the manner of pressure placed upon the monster great, did the monster not admit he was monstrous? It’s not a hard line evidence because just because he thinks he himself is monstrous doesn’t mean he is, but I find that although the monster, may have been born innocent, he certainly succumbed to society, to his curse to prove himself truly a monster.
That being said, I also think that society played a vital role in creating Frankenstein and The Monster. Society, is the mirror that created the two monsters Society at Frankenstein’s time made him push the limits, advance beyond what was deemed morally acceptable leading to him regressing his morals and creating life. The Monster, was scorned by society, which reflected him as a monster, so much that the monster, became one in action and in appearance.
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