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Similarities In A Creator And His Creation

1732 words - 7 pages

Looking different doesn’t mean you are different. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the master and his creation appear similar than one might think. Victor Frankenstein is a smart young man waiting to see what the world has to offer. When he was a little boy he would read books written by alchemists. Later on he decides to sets out on a mission to learn what he can about the world. Victor is like most boys, but he has plans that no one would ever think of. With science he has plans to create life. His fascination of acquiring knowledge has lead him up to this point. Victor’s creation shares remarkable similarities with Victor. Frankenstein illustrates that the monster and Victor are different in appearance, but are similar in terms of personality.
Knowledge gained can be a dangerous thing. In chapter three Victor attends University at Ingolstadt after his mother passed away. Victor studied alchemy when he was a young boy. Upon arriving to the university he sets up a meeting with professor of natural philosophy, M.Krempe. Krempe tells Victor that alchemy is outdated. He then attends a chemistry lecture. There M. Waldman sparks something within Victor to gain knowledge about the secret of life. “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” (p46 online PDF version) Victors thirst for knowledge is driving him to find out more than anyone has ever known about life. The monster also seeks knowledge. Although the knowledge that the monster acquires is not as high level as Victor, the monster learns quickly. In chapter twelve he does this by observing his neighbors in the cottage. The monster is determined to the learn the language the cottager speak. “Their pronunciation was quick, and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference.”(p130) The monster learns the language by mimicking the sounds they make. He find quick connections between the words and the neighbors’ actions. The monster soon obtains a basic understanding of the language. Both Victor and the monster share the eagerness to obtain more knowledge, simple or complex. Both Victor and the monster gain knowledge which lead them to each others demise. If Victor hadn’t created the monster life would have been great for him. If the monster didn’t learn the language and think about the life he was living then
Revenge resides in both the monster and Victor. Throughout the whole novel the monster continues to seek revenge on humans and his creator. Only at the end of the novel does Victor seek revenge on the monster because the monster killed all of his friends and family. The monster is always enraged because no human has ever acknowledged him as a person. The only chance he had was...

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