Victor As Mother And God Essay

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In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, there is the concept of who is truly plays the role of God. There is a constant battle between God and Victor Frankenstein in the book. Victor often takes over the role of God in the story and place God in the back ground. Victor acts as if he is God when he creates his monster. Victor also describes the monster as being beautiful but can a human actually create life that is beautiful? He tries to become God and take nature out of his life. This is a difficult thing to accomplish and Victor’s human nature shows thought out his time playing God. Victor often defies the laws of nature set by God to create his monster.
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Victor also faces a little bit of postpartum depression after he “gives birth” to the monster. This is conveyed through this line, “… how delineate the wretch who with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form?”(Shelly 35) This gives the senses that Victor gave “birth” to something miserable and potentially evil. This also shows part of his human nature showing through his God like mask. So Victor begins to come back towards being a human creator rather than be God.
Victor also compares everything he is went through to create the monster to carrying the monster for nine months like a mother does. He has to do rob graves and steals body parts for the monster. This is taking a toll on Victor just like the fact that a baby has to take nutrients and things it needs to survive from its mother. This also has an effect on the mother similar to the pains of Victor.
With the idea of childbearing in mind Victor defies the laws of nature places by God. Childbearing as stated earlier is left up to the woman but after child bearing the child need someone to take care of them. Victor does not fulfil this role in any way. He leaves the monster run away and forces the monster to learn from other people. In this way Victor can be compared to God and the monster can be compared to Adam. After God forced Adam out of the garden God was not there to physically guide Adam down the right path. Adam faltered sometimes but was lead back by God in other ways. Victor is like God in the fact that he let the monster but not because he had no impact on teaching the monster anything but hating the thing that cheated him.
Throughout the whole book Victor Frankenstein tries to take on the role of God. Victor becomes “‘as Gods’ in his capacity of ‘bestowing animation upon lifeless matter’” (Gilbert, Gubar 231). This is saying Victor is only really god like when it comes to creating life because he doesn’t have control over anything else in the book. For example, Victor cannot stop William or Elizabeth from dying. He also can’t bring his mother back from the grave even though he is trying to work towards that. So when he “set out to create life, and, in so doing, to perform a godlike deed.” (Lewis 282) This means Victor is only really godlike because he created life. At the same time he is also like God because Victor created the monster in how own image just like God did. It states in the Bible,...

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