- Date:Jul 13, 2019
Human nature can indeed be an incomprehensible feature of man. The most conceited of us can also be the most stubborn when it comes to reconcile the things around us, including our own creations, from being a part of our self. It is this lordship over things that are considerably beneath a person, as he perceives it to be, that makes a community between man and other creatures.
This quality of human nature is very apparent in the character shaped by Mary Shelley in her most popular character Victor Frankenstein. A kinship between the ‘monster’ and Frankenstein could never come into fruition because there was not a point from its creation that he considered it something more than an invention of his fancy which he later dismissed as though a toy that he grew tired with.
By simply constructing a point of view, a reader need not go beyond the words of the novel to understand that the shaping of Frankenstein according to his nature renders this assessment. The main protagonist was so evidently defined that any emotional investment for empathy towards him would yield that kinship is not an option. Throughout the entire novel, it is noticeable that there was no point on which Frankenstein officially christened his creation with a name. This creates the perception that there was truly no ounce of amorous affection that he has for what he invented. In comparison, almost all individuals attach this sentiment towards our most precious possession. It would be amiss if a parent would not name his or her offspring in any culture. Some people even name their cars, gadgets and other more mundane things.
The creature manifests a longing towards Frankenstein that the latter did not heed nor even attempted to. He referred to himself as Adam and it was through his misery that he has committed hideous acts. But the difference between Adam’s creation in reference to the Bible and Frankenstein’s invention is that lack of emotion as soon as he finished his craft. God was intelligent enough to understand what Adam needed and thus he then created Eve from Adam. The ‘monster,’ conflicted by his master’s disdain and clouded by the knowledge he had acquired wanted to have the same. It was again this lapse in comprehension whereas Victor left him alone that his potential for development, despite his appearance, was inevitably stunted. He could never be the Adam of his labors because Frankenstein was never anywhere near the virtues of God.
The conviction of Victor that “There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies. Begone, or let us try our strength in a fight in which one must fall” (Shelley 1823, p114). This statement, in contradiction, even affirms that there is a sense of equality between them that Frankenstein recognizes. The brute force of what he has created has exceeded that of his own and the survival of one comes at the demise of the other. Consequently, Frankenstein fell through with his nature which prevailed to his end. He was creator but he was never its master. There was no indissoluble bond that links them to each other and there can never be community between them because of his own predisposition.
Shelley, Mary (1823). Frankenstein. London: G. and W.B. Whittaker. [Accessed 9 November 2011]. Available from .