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Is Frankenstein a monster or victim?

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Answered 2014-02-20 18:22:01

The only Frankenstein in the story is Dr. Victor von Frankestein. His creation is simply referred to as the monster. Let's examine both though.

The "monster" is certainly a hideous, montrous creation. It is death brought back to life. It is nearly mindless. But it is clearly a victim. The creature misunderstands everything, and is misunderstood by everyone. He had no choice in his creation, he is a slave to his thick wittedness and passions.

Victor on the other hand can easily be painted as a monster. He can just as easily be painted as a victim. He is the antithesis of his creation. The creature is stupid; victor is brilliant. The creature knows nothing but what he feels; Victor feels nothing but hubris until the creature takes everything away from him. They are yin and yang, not good and evil, just two sides of the same coin.

In the end, Victor becomes the victim of his creation, perhaps also of himself. Afterall, if you build a monster it will kill you.

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