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The story is about Victor Frankenstein, a young ambitious person who is in search of greater knowledge. As a child, he liked studying outdated scientific theories that focused on achieving natural wonders.  A week before he joins school, his mother, Caroline Beaufort, dies. This shocks him as she had just finished nursing her adopted daughter, Elizabeth Lavenza, back to health. She had been suffering from Scarlet Fever. Beaufort was Victor’s grandfather. All these people played a key role in Victor’s life.

At the university, Frankenstein excelled in sciences. With time, he discovers the secret of imbuing the inanimate with life. Frankenstein’s father played the least crucial role. As a father, he consoled him when things went wrong and advised him to always remember his family. However, he played no significant role in his son learning and education preferences. On the other hand, M. Krempe, Frankenstein’s philosophy professor dismissed Victor’s study of alchemist. Moreover, he encouraged him to start his studies a new. As a child, Victor liked to study outdated scientific theories. He particularly had a liking for books authored by Cornelius Agrippa. He was fascinated by his works and spent most of his time reading his books.

However, it was Waldman, the professor of a chemist who sparked Victor’s interest in science. He ignited in him the desire for more knowledge. Hence, we can conclude that he had the most influence on Frankenstein (Jacobs et al, 34).   In his excitement on his discovery, he ends up creating a monster contrary to what he anticipated. He had intended to create a beautiful creature but instead he created a creature that was hideous to his eyes.  He rejects the monster and runs away in an attempt to forget what he had done. This confuses the monster and angers him as he fails to understand his creator’s reaction.

After days of running, Frankenstein is exhausted, and he falls ill. However, his childhood friend, Henry Clerval, helps him to recover. For the four months, Frankenstein was ill; Henry keenly nursed him to health. Upon his recovery, Frankenstein is determined to return to his home. However, he receives news that his 5 year old brother was found murdered. Elizabeth, their adopted sister is grieving and blames herself for her brother’s death. She believes that her brother was murdered, by someone who wanted to steal his locket. The locket had belonged to their mother before she died, and Elizabeth had given it to William. However, on further investigation, the locket is found in William’s nanny pocket. This discovery convicts her as she is accused of the murder and is hanged.

When Frankenstein returns to Geneva, he sees the monster close to the woods where his brother was found murdered. This makes him realize that it was the monster that had killed his brother and not Justin the nanny. The guilt of creating his brothers murderer weighs him down so much that he retreats to the mountain in search of peace and solace. While there, he is consumed by thoughts of avenging his brother’s death. He tries several times but fails. Eventually when he encounters the monster, the monster narrates to him his ordeals and asks him to create for him a companion, as no human would accept him. This, the monster explains, would cure him of his loneliness. He explains that it is his loneliness that made him hurt and kill people. Frankenstein reluctantly agrees and returns to England to begin the work.

The Creating Monster That Hurt Many People 

As he was working, Frankenstein is filled with doubt on the effect of creating another monster. He decides to stop the project, and he destroys the unfinished project. The monster witnesses this and feels betrayed. He vows revenge on Frankenstein’s upcoming wedding night. The monster kills Clerval and leaves the corpse on an Irish beach coincidentally where Frankenstein finds himself washed up. Frankenstein is accused of the murder and is imprisoned. However, upon further investigation, he is acquitted on grounds that he was nowhere near the murder scene when the murder took place. While in prison, he falls ill. Frankenstein returns home with his father where he marries his cousin, Elizabeth. Soon, the monster also kills Elizabeth. This exceedingly saddens their father who as a result, also succumbs to death. Frankenstein vows revenge and he sets out on a pursuit in Captain Walton’s ship. Soon, Frankenstein dies from his illness.

Frankenstein created a monster that hurt so many people. When he rejected the monster, he was abandoning his responsibility as the creator of the hideous creature. All the harm the creature did was as a result of Victors rejection. Therefore, he is the monster. Even after, the monster confessed to him and asked him for a companion, Victor was reluctant hence annoying the monster. This resulted in more deaths and pain. All this would have been avoided, if Victor had taken responsibility of his action and not run. When he ran away abandoning the creature, he left it with confused with no one to understand him or to feed him.

This action triggered the creatures’ anger, hence resulting in the blood bath. Despite the fact that Victor did not commit the hideous acts, he was solely responsible for the creature’s deeds. This can be compared to a man who gives his 5 years old son a gun and teaches him how to shoot. The boy will eventually shoot someone thinking it is the right thing to do. Victor should have stayed home and nurtured the creature, teaching him the ways of man. This would have prevented the monster from killing people in an attempt to get Victor’s attention (Shelley, 56).

Walton is used by the narrator in a paradox manner. This is because his character is parallel to that of Frankenstein in many ways. This is evident where he chooses to end the pursuit for the monster, as it was dangerous while Victor, on the other hand, wanted to continue. However, it is through him that the narrator tells the remainder of the story through letters he writes to his sister. Victor only cared about his discoveries and did not give much contemplation to the aftermath of his dealings. He was willing to risk anything in order to succeed in his exploration. His greed for success made him blind to the plight of the poor creature. His selfish nature is also revealed when he refuses to create the monster a companion.

This show how inconsiderate he was since the monster only wanted the company to get rid of the boredom. This is ironic since Victor was himself getting married and he ought to be in a position to understand the creatures need for a companion (Helman, 78). Moreover, it was mean and cruel of victor, as everyone needs to have a companion one share his or her live. In conclusion, Victor is the real monster in the story. This is because; his actions have all through triggered the creature’s anger causing the deaths of people. In addition to this, he betrays the creature from the very beginning. This betrayal is repeated over and over; hence, the creature is only acting out of anger and confusion while Victor is acting out of malice and selfishness. This makes him the true monster in the story.

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