The Creation In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley originally wrote Frankenstein for a horror story contest with other authors, but eventually, it became a published novel filled with symbolism of the Bible and the story of Genesis. Throughout the story, she portrays both sides of the mess that Victor Frankenstein created, and there is debate about whether Victor’s creation or Victor Frankenstein himself is more human than the other. They both show aspects of human beings in different chapters of the novel, but the Creation is definitely more so. In chapter one through chapter eight, Shelley shows Victor’s thought processes and the chain of events that happened before, during, and after he made the Creation. As those ideas come into play, Victor shows who he really is and what…show more content…
The first few days of the Creation’s life prove to be difficult for him, considering he is practically a baby trying to learn how to live without parents to teach him the ways of life. When the Creation finally meets and interacts with Victor for the first time, he calls him out for abandoning him by saying, “You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature” (Shelley 69). The Creation was addressing the hypocrisy of the situation. Victor was accusing the Creation of killing William, but at the same time, he was threatening to destroy his own creation’s life. After the creature finally convinces Victor to hear his story, he talks about the discrimination he faced as well as the appreciation he once had for humans. He even believed for a moment that “to be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being” (Shelley 84), due to another chapter of his life, the DeLaceys, and after watching this poor, melancholy family from a distance, he thought, “(foolish wretch!) that it might be in [his] power to restore happiness to these deserving people” (Shelley 80-81). He hated witnessing their pain, so he became an anonymous good Samaritan for them by shoveling snow out of their paths and gathering firewood for them. Eventually, though, after introducing himself to the father of the family, he was attacked yet again, but this time, it was Felix, the son of the family he grew to love. At this point, all of his interactions with humans sadly turned into conflict or harassment, and it started to change his viewpoint on mankind. The beginning of the Creation’s life was a struggle, but it also gained him sympathy from the audience because of his naive and wholesome personality at the start of it all, before the wrath of humans hit him
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