Mary Shelley's Frankenstein How Victor’s Creation Became A Monster

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How Victor’s Creation became a Monster in Frankenstein  

The name of Mary W. Shelley somehow hidden behind the fame of her best known work, Frankenstein. The story of Frankenstein has past through the years without being forgotten, while the name of  Mary Shelley is unknown to the general public. Following the plot of her own story, Mary Shelley is, somehow, the "victim" of her creation. Frankenstein can be seen as the story of a terrible monster who threatens society. It is the purpose of this essay to illustrate that it is actually society that has made a monster of Frankenstein.  

Victor Frankenstein is a young and eminent student who decides to break the bounderies between life and death.
His desire will take him to work hard , even getting seriously ill , to achieve something that nobody has reached before : life after death .He devotes himself to that single pursuit  :

         "I was thus enganged , heart and soul , in one pursuit " (p.59)

but everything changes when he sees for the first time his creation:

        "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe?" and "I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created "(p.62 and 63).

 From this moment , the new creation is idetified as a monster , and just like that will be treated during the whole story , not only by a cruel and intolerant society , but by his creator, Victor , who rejects him from the beginning.
 Frankenstein , for me , is the sad story of those who are shaped by hostility , who spend their lives running away from hatred and looking for something called happiness.
 This is the story of a fussy creator who plays to be God , who decides to go where nobody else goes , but that forgets that , when the game ends , the responsabilities begin.
 From the moment in which Victor disowns his creation a hard relation is started between the two main characters , a relation in which both of them mean suffering to the other  one.This relation is described by the monster when he says :

       "You are my creator , but I am your master ". (p.180).

 With these lines , the monster shows that , even though he recognizes that Victor is the one who gave him life ,he is now who decides about his future : now , the monster is ready to make him pay his indifference ,  he is prepared to return him the suffering that his irresponsability has caused him all through his life and there is just one thing that the monster asks : love .
 The monster , from the moment in which is created , is searching for affection , all he wants is feeling that somebody cares about him :

     "I intended to reason . this passion is detrimental for me ; for you do not reflect that you are the cause of its excess . If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me ,...

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