Frankenstein Journal Entry
When people read the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly they sympathize with all of the characters, but they tend to sympathize more with the monster. I myself sympathized with the monster more despite his many evil deeds. It is possible that the reason for this sympathy towards the monster from us is because the monster reminds us of how we feel when we are lonely, abandoned, or angered by someone else and just the thought of those feelings being the only emotions we feel constantly for the rest of our existence is unbearable.
Reading about this merciless and yet compassionate monster makes us think about the monster in us and how we would react in his situation. When I read this book it made me feel depressed and I felt everything the monster felt. “The fallen angel becomes the malignant devil. Yet even the enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone. ” — Victor This is a quote by Victor after the monster has killed everything that was important to him, leaving him alone and in the same situation as the monster as opposed to the beginning of the book when Victor knew no evil and was as happy as one can be.
It also describes his transition into total misery and loneliness from his former ambitious and adventurous self. The creature was born pure at heart and didn’t become a monster until Victor and society started being neglectful and cruel to him, but I think the biggest reason that he wasn’t able to find anybody to accept him was the time period in which he was created. People in the seventeenth century were closed minded and much of their beliefs were based in superstition and myth.
I think that because of this people in his setting thought of him as a bringer of death and destruction and assumed him to be like the grim reaper in our time without putting much thought or logical reasoning behind their actions. In today’s society not all people are as ignorant and impulsive as those of Frankenstein’s time and i’m sure there would be many people willing to take the creature in under their wing and teach him about kindness and virtue. I myself would gladly take him as a friend if I saw that he needed elp and meant me no harm. There is a monster in all of us no matter the skin color no matter the ethnicity. If the creature had just gotten proper guidance from Victor in the first place he probably would have lived as a better person than any human who ever lived. Victor however neglected the creature and caused him pain and misery which brought out the monster in the creature. As revenge the creature brought out the monster in Victor by killing off anything and everything he ever loved. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend” this quote by Victor, I believe is his acceptance that he is now just as bad as the creature he had created and that he will never be happy for the rest of his existence. “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source” Mary Shelly uses this metaphor to suggest that life and death are ideal bounds. In this quote, Victor is contemplating creating a new species such as the monster he later creates.
During his research and time spent making the creature he himself was turning into a monster. He couldn’t eat, he couldn’t sleep, and he had no social contact. Once he finally created the creature and was supposed to take responsibility for it he fled which was the beginning of the end for him. If he hadn’t fled maybe his life would have turned out even better than if he had never created the creature in the first place. In the book the creature didn’t show any intent to harm Victor so there is no logical reason for him fleeing.
The only explanation that i can come up with for Victor abandoning his creation was that he was mentally unstable because of sickness, lack of human interaction, and fatigue. “A fiendish rage animated him as he said this; his face was wrinkled into contortions too horrible for human eyes to behold; but presently he calmed himself and proceeded—” This quote is used by Mary Shelly to set a mood of fear and monstrosity. My belief is that Victor was destined to become a miserable outcast. His traits and morals as a person point to the fact.
Even as a child Victor never took responsibility for his actions and always shied away from confrontation. He only looked at his own best interest and didn’t take into account the consequences of his actions, Even when his favourite professor tried to show him how horrible it was what he was doing. As his experiments progressed he became dehumanized. Cutting up dead bodies and assembling a creature out of dead bodies that can overpower any human. “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel… Saying this the monster tells Victor that he just wants to be Victors beloved creation that he is proud of, but that the reality is that he is hated by Victor and all he wants is for the creature to be dead. This is not just a book about a man putting the spark of life into a monster, but a remarkable story of how we as humans act and change for better or for worse depending on the circumstances. This lesson that Mary Shelly conveys in her book helped me to realize that people can be cruel and it makes me want to be a better person.