The world consists of people that have the ability to overcome evil or become consumed in it. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a creature believed to be monstrous and destructive is created and as a consequence despised by the society he is brought into. Through the perspectives of Walton, Frankenstein, and the creature, Mary Shelley counters Frankenstein’s belief that the creature is a ‘demon’. The creature exemplifies more heartfelt characteristics than the creator Victor Frankenstein himself. Though Frankenstein’s creature portrays the physical attributes of a malevolent character, his human-like emotions overcome his ability to let evil consume him. He demonstrates acts of knowledge and empathy, but society judges him for his appearance and undeniable strength.
The comparisons between Walton and Frankenstein demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics that Frankenstein renders. Both characters show similarities in aspects of their thirst for knowledge, but also contrast each other in a parallel form. Walton prohibits his thrive for knowledge to be exceeded, whereas Frankenstein allows his compulsive obsession to lead to his death. By contrasting these two characters, the reader is able to grasp an understanding of the evil that has forsaken Frankenstein. Though his appearance is one of a human being, his drive for success has transformed him into a character that he views as his creature, monstrous and destructive, without having the appearance of a grotesque fiend.
Mary Shelley depicts Frankenstein as someone more monstrous than his own creation. As of the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein’s stories include an underlying tragedy that will later lead to his downfall, “I feel pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood before misfortune had tainted my mind...I would account to myself for the birth of that passion...” (Shelley, 21). This “passion” Frankenstein is referring to is the creation he produces, allowing him to be aware of the “misfortune” that will result because of his lust for dominance and preparing the readers for an arriving catastrophe. This proves Frankenstein has a clear obsession for his work causing him to be isolated from the society and contributing to the anger he will be consumed in response to his loneliness and misery.
Throughout the novel, Frankenstein’s perspective is given strictly based on the structural appearance of the creature. He describes the creature in negative terms to persuade the readers to have the same views. Frankenstein amplifies the night of his creation by using particular terms to contrast with the creature’s demonic features. Frankenstein describes the altering experience in a horrifying way to force the readers to believe the creature is dangerous, “It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out...” (34). This proves that Frankenstein uses language to overly exaggerate the night as an experience...