Compare And Contrast Essay on Frankenstein’s Childhood With the “Childhood” Of His Creation
- Date:Jul 12, 2019
The two entities experiences different childhoods that would later manifest in their beings. They lead different lives as a result. Victor was born of a human mother and father, led a normal life in his society and experienced love from the people around him. However, his character is monstrous as he never even had the courtesy of reciprocating the love that the people around him gave him. Victor had the opportunity to go to school and even made it to become scientist (Arkroyd 93).
However, in his life, this moral treatment he gets does not reflect in his character. He would then later use his skills to harm the society. Victor has caring parents who ensured that he led a good and happy life. In fact, he is considered as a ‘gift’ following the fact that his maternal grandfather died just a two years from his birth. His circumstances of life completely differ with that of his creation. He never faced any form of rejection at his first encounter with air-breathing human beings. He was loved as a human at his birth. Ironically, his character never had the kindness or humility to accept the love he was given (Lunsford 56).
Victor is lucky, every time he loses anything in life, he finds replacements. At some point of his life when things started to fall apart, he met Elizabeth; a lady who filled all the gaps by loving him wholly. His mother had just died, and Elizabeth had appeared in his life to mend the gap. She becomes so drawn to him, and his mother is convinced that their relationship would one day end in a marriage (Arkroyd 90). However, Victor with his monstrous nature treats her badly. He treats her like an object of love other than as a human being.
In the contrary, Victor Frankenstein creation had the most absurd, sad and horrible or inhuman treatment at his first encounter with humans. Unlike victor, he was rejected at an instance of his appearance; by his creator (Lunsford 34). He was never born of living parents, but of an experiment conducted by his creator, Dr. Victor Frankenstein! When the doctor realized the nature and appearance of his creation, he was convinced that he had created something that was far from being a human being. However, Frankenstein’s creation exhibits feelings and emotions that every human being have. He shows mercy and offers help, and even at the demise of Victor, he sheds tears and shows sorrow (Shelly & Wolfson 72).
The creature Victor created suffers because of the faults of his own master. Throughout childhood, he is rejected by the society. He looks strange as Victor had created him in an experiment of creating a human being. Under all the maltreatments he gets from the society, and his master, he maintains humility and controls his anger like a rational human would. He could not attend school and lead a normal life as any human would, and because he is rejected by his master as well, he lives outside like an animal (Lunsford 64). These are the circumstances of his life that would later compel him to behave violently to Victor and whomever he cared about just like any human would.
In the book, the creature has been misunderstood to be the monster by the society ever since childhood. Victor’s creature however has shown some sense of compassion and care. It is a creature of great morality and only started reacting to the circumstances that the society subject him through. His looks frighten the society and they start to see him as a monster just because of how he appears. His skin is yellow and covered with patterns of arteries and muscles, lustrous dark hair and pearly white teeth, watery eyes and straight black lips (Shelley & Wolfson 60). The society was, therefore, quick to judge the creature before looking into the true nature of his character.
Victor is the true monster in the society like he had shown in his character ever since childhood. As depicted in the book, he exhibits all the characteristics of a monster as the society would describe. He is obsessed with being like God since his mother’s death and because of the scientific knowledge he has, he decides to create a human with selfish motives of gaining recognition. He speaks proudly of himself in a very unnatural way claiming to be able of restoring life where death has claimed a place; he even says that his new creature would adore and bless him as his creator (Shelley & Wolfson 52). He obliviously does not recognize the consequences that would arise due to his actions, and when the creature did not appear in the form he expected and comes out in an animated form, he rejects the creature instantly; and this is what induced the road to his creature’s suffering and his death (Shelley & Wolfson 67).
Victor and his creation grew up to be of different personalities just as their childhood experiences. The creature was rejected and victor was accepted; the creature needed love, Victor Frankenstein had love in abundance. In the end, they both had to suffer the implications of Frankenstein pride and wickedness.
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