Victor Frankenstein Is Ultimately Responsible For The Tragic Deaths

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Running head: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE/DEATHS 1Victor Frankenstein is Ultimately Responsible for the Tragic DeathsChrista GarzaSiena Heights UniversityENG 341VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR / TRAGIC DEATHS 2In Mary Shelley's (1994) Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is absolutely responsible for the disastrous events that occur in the novel. The death of his loved ones, William, Justine, Clerval, and Elizabeth; along with his eternal torment and eventually his own demise, are the direct result of his own actions. He wanted to be scientifically known for creating life, or reversing death, but did not want to take responsibility for his creation. He did not know that he would die with the blood on his hands of everyone he loved due to his egotistic, narcissistic, cowardly ways.When Victor's mother died he began to show his inverted, egotistic narcissism. He felt the hole that her death left in his life and the lives of his loved ones. He began to try to figure out how to create life or bring life back and reanimate the dead. Victor left his family in their greatest time of need to work on this project. He violated the laws of nature when he tried to discover "the cause of generation and life," and became "capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter" (Shelley, 1994, p.32). Victor was obsessed with his experiment. He forgot about his family and even forgot to care for himself. Victor said that he had "lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit" (Shelley, 1994, p.33). He "worked nearly two years for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body" (Shelley, 1994, p.34). He created a life without any consideration and the only purpose for him was to be or feel God-like. During these two years, Victor became selfish and had no contact with his family and friends, who were impatiently waiting for a letter from him. In her letter to Victor, Elizabeth writes; "Yet one word from you, dear Victor, is necessary to calm our apprehensions" (Shelley, 1994, p.42).VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR / TRAGIC DEATHS 3Victor never considered how a creature with such a horrifying appearance would be able to exist with humans. He desired to make a creature who was "of gigantic stature; that is to say eight feet in height, and proportionably large" (Shelley, 1994, p.32). Victor did not give thought of how society would shun such an ugly creature. He did not think of the hurt and isolation it would cause his child to be so enormously hideous. He only wanted his creation to be bigger and better than any living man. Victor also did not think of the consequences when his creature would be able to threaten to overpower him or to take vengeance on his loved ones or "the rest of mankind" (Shelley, 1994, p.68).According to Andrew Lustig, (2004) "Victor Frankenstein's greatest failure may not have been his ambitious desire for knowledge or his self-absorbed quest for creating life, serious as these...

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