Essay about The Rise and Demise of Frankenstein
The protagonist of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is not the infamous doctor, but the monster he created. The monster is the most dynamic character in this novel. His true nature and personality is not ﬁxed but instead volatile. His experiences shape him into a different creature during every different encounter with his creator. His initial character and personality is twisted and fouled to create an atrocity. The monster is ﬁrst an innocent and harmless creature, then he transforms into a conﬁdent and reasoning but desperate being, and ﬁnally he devolves into wretched and evil creature.
At the moment of his creation, the monster is like a child. He is confused, but free from any knowledge of evil. He …show more content…
Eventually the monster concludes that no human being will ever accept him because of his horriﬁc appearance. He concludes that the only person who could be his companion is a female like him. When he asks Victor to construct this partner, Victor refuses, but he responds with the cause of his agony. “’I am malicious because I am miserable; am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?”’ (Shelley 267). The monster no longer has the mind of a child. He can reason and is conﬁdent enough to order his creator to build him a female. He is desperate because he has experienced constant hatred and assault from the human race. Even Victor, his creator and only parent, rejects him and seeks to destroy him. The monster’s violent responses are at the very least understandable if not justiﬁed, since he is a product of his environment.
The monster eventually devolves into a state of pure animosity and brutality. The