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Victor Frankenstein Is To Blame Mary Shelly Frankenstein

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Jordana BarbutoMr. PurificatoENG-3UIApril 20, 2007Victor Frankenstein Is To BlameIn the gothic novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly Victor Frankenstein creates a monster. At first glance this gothic tale is about this creature's terrible action against society in the late 1700's. Many people who read this novel, would believe that the monster to be the novels villain, however the events that occurred are that repercussions of one man's irresponsible and reckless behavior. Although this man was not the one who killed his beloved family and friends. Victor Frankenstein is indeed the sole cause of this deathly catastrophe and is the one to blame; by creating the monster, not taking responsibility for it , and then isolating himself from the world causing his creation to roam as it pleased, leaving his creation unattended and neglected. Victor Frankenstein ultimately caused the ruin of his closest friends and family, his human-like creation, and eventually his own life.Although the monster murdered Victors loved ones', it is ultimately Victors own fault that his creation murdered innocent people. The initial creation of the monster is the main reason as to why Victor is to blame for the tragedies. However, the monster was given life, the killings could have also been avoided if Victor took responsibility for his creation. Rather, he abandoned his creation, and left the monster alone, confused in an unfamiliar world. "Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? (Shelly, 108)" It is believed that this feeling of abandonment angered the monster, Victors' creation, resulting in revenge on the creator man who created him. The monster killed the people close to Victor because he was not brought up to know the difference between right and wrong. Victor's younger brother was the first victim: "You belong to the enemy- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim (Shelly, 131)"Afterwards, the monster explains to Frankenstein why he has killed his brother. Despite the fact that Victor has caused the monster to live a life of pain, the monster still will reason with Frankenstein, proving that the monster is not solely responsible for the tragedy."I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator would tear me to pieces and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity a man more than he pities me?(Shelly 134)"The monster says that if Frankenstein will create him a mate, the monster will leave Frankenstein alone, and there will be no more killings. Victor agrees, but then in the process of creating the companion, decides to ignore the monsters wishes. This selfish act is regarded by the monster as yet another betrayal. He in turn kills those closest to Victor, his wife Elizabeth and best friend Henry Clerval, as a punishment to the man who caused him a life of...

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