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The Growth And Deterioration Of The Creature Within Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein, a man obsessed with scientific oddities since his youth, finds a way to reanimate the dead. In the hope of creating “a new species [who] would bless me as their creator,” (33) he designs what he hopes to be the creation of a man-made human being. However, his attempt produces merely a living being, a being which Victor grows to despise and fear, despite his initial claims that “darkness had no effect upon [his] fancy” (31). However when faced with his creation later within the novel he describes his experiment as a catastrophe when he “saw the dull yellow eyes of the creature open” (Shelley 35). In an attempt to be accepted by Victor, the creature journeys into the village to learn the ways of the humans. However this is met with violent rejection; leading him on an endeavor to humanize himself through knowledge and language. Despite being intellectual the creature comes to the realization that the humans will never allow him to be part of society, nor will Victor ever accept the being that he created, due to the fact that he’s not human. A human is a man, woman or child of the homosapiens species-distinguished from animals by their superior mental development, power of articulate speech and upright stance. The creature by design is human, however by nature is considered something entirely different.
The epiphany that he, the creature, will never be accepted by society due to semantics leads to the deterioration of the educated image the creature painstakingly created for himself. The reactions of society as well as the reaction of his creator attribute to the creatures shift from attempting to be something he was created to be, to being what society expected him to be. The creatures growth, which ultimately lead to his deterioration, could be depicted within five steps; Victors view of his creation, the Villagers reaction to the creature, the creature at the cottage, the demanding of a companion like himself to be created (for this is all the creature really ever wanted), and the eventual deterioration of the creature through murder.
The initial exclusion which the creature is objected to is presented within the opening scene; at first Victor is in awe of his creation, even calling it beautiful. However after further examination and scrutiny, Victor balks with horror at what he had created. The beauty of the creature only made his oddities appear more horrifying to Victor, who had now begun to see his folly at wanting to create something that messed with nature
The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feeling of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. 35-36

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