|by Tom Carlton|
The creature, although hideous to look upon, is portrayed as particularly sensitive and desiring companionship with humans. However, he is injured by the immediate rejection from his creator and seeks to find friendship in others. Unfortunately, he is never given the opportunity because of his frightful appearance.
These experiences cause animosity to grow within his heart. He then acts on his revenge before appealing to Frankenstein to create a female companion for him in the same fashion he was created in order that he may have someone to share life with. When Frankenstein reneges on his promise, the creature resumes his wrath until it causes the untimely demise of Frankenstein, and eventually is the miserable end of the monster and his threat toward society.
This is such a tragic story in many ways. For one, Victor Frankenstein is absolutely irresponsible because of his experimentation with life and the abandonment of the result. As he conceals his troubles from everyone, he is concerned only with himself; yet, he knows the monster's capabilities and threats (including that his own family, friends, or others may be in danger). Why was he never proactive about stopping his creation before it was too late?
|by Theodor Von Holst|
Thirdly, the creature generates pity because in the beginning he is able to: distinguish good from evil; desire what is right; display care and concern for others; and feel emotionally distraught when shunned by humans. However, he shatters this impression by responding to his pain and suffering with murderous violence. How else is the reader to feel about the monster?
These are a few questions I had throughout my reading of Frankenstein. I am glad I read it, however, because I know now whom Frankenstein is. But I have always known that man "playing God" is never a good idea.