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The Monster Inside Essay

1122 words - 5 pages

There is a myth that every creature on this planet is one half of a whole and must be completed by another half. Sometimes it takes that other half coming into their life to make them realize the truth about themselves and to see hidden parts of their unconscious minds that they otherwise would not have noticed themselves. Mary Shelley, an accomplished writer during the Romantic Era of English Literature, is the author of Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is a young man with a hunger and passion for knowledge and science. He wants to do what no one has ever done before- create human life all on his own. Victor creates an eight foot tall, grotesquely terrifying monster that after ...view middle of the document...

While Victor’s family needs him, he ignores them and proves that his loyalties to his work are far more important than his family obligations. As a result of the choices Victor has made, he is also a lonely individual. Instead of socializing with those living on the college campus, Victor devotes his time and energy to his creation. The one difference between Victor and the monster is that while Victor was born with these traits, the monster was corrupted by society and forced to live a life in exile and Victor chose to be alone.
As previously mentioned, the monster is denied a normal life and is shut off from all human companionship. The one thing that would make him happy is a female to share his lonely life with. When Victor creates this female and then destroys it, the last bit of compassion the creature has dies and the battle of vengeance between them begins. “I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? … if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear…” (Shelley 124-125). The creature has absolutely no one, making his loneliness far more extreme than Victor’s. Much like Victor, the creature has an immense interest in learning and they both strive to gain as much knowledge as possible but they forget that with knowledge comes power. Rather than using that power for good, they use it for selfish reasons that only act to benefit themselves, without considering what danger it could possibly be putting others in.
Victor does not fully grasp that he is egotistical. It is Victor’s inability to allow himself to have sympathetic and benevolent qualities that result in his creation of a being that could actually act out the traits he does not possess. In this way, they complement each other in the areas that they are not able to fulfill themselves and together they create a whole being who has both good and evil traits. Victor’s evil is more of a quiet and less noticeable evil while the creature will come right out and murder innocent people. This side of the monster is perhaps the evil traits in Victor that the monster is acting out for him, so it’s almost as if the monster inherits these flaws...

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