Victor Frankenstein, a man obsessed with scientific oddities since his youth, finds a way to reanimate the dead. Hoping to create “a new species [who] would bless me as their creator,” (33) thus leading to, what he hopes to be, “the creation of a human being;” (33) however, his attempt produces merely a living being. A being which Victor grows to despise and fear, despite Victors initial claims that “darkness had no effect upon [his] fancy” (31). Later within the novel he describes his experiment as a catastrophe when he “saw the dull yellow eyes of the creature open” (Shelley 35). The attempt the creature makes to join the society is met with violent rejection; leading him on an endeavor to humanize himself through knowledge and language. As the creature grows, intellectually speaking, he 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. Leading to the deterioration of the educated image the creature painstakingly created for himself. Due to the reactions of society, the creature goes through a paradigm shift when he is faced with the realization that due to his outward appearance, he will never be recognized by society as human, therefore being denied the rights of man. The creatures growth, which ultimately leads to deterioration, could be depicted within four steps; Victors view of his creation, the Villagers reaction to the creature, the creature at the cottage, 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 and more in depth scrutiny, Victor balks with horror at his creation. The beauty of the creature only makes his oddities more horrifying to Victor, who has now begun to see his folly on all the lost time he put into this creation.
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
The horror which Victor portrays is the first external sign that he does not and will not see his creation as human. However through the beginning narration of the events which occur, one could say that Victor subconsciously never considered the creature as human to begin with.
It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. 35