Frankenstein Final Project

'Responsibility' Karsten Worley

Victor Frankenstein's Thoughts On Responsibility

Victor starts out the novel as a relatively responsible man, hes heading to college, he is in love, and he had a good upbringing. When Victor heads to college in Ingolstadt he becomes obsessed with creating life in a dead body through the use of electricity. Victor spends 2 years creating the creature in which he shall attempt to bring to life. However once the creature comes alive, Victor wants nothing to do with it. This creature in which Victor created is a horrid, ugly being. Victor created him with using body parts he got from dead bodies. "I beheld the wretch-the miserable monster whom i created."(Shelley 43) After victor sees the monsters form he flees the apartment and wants nothing to do with him.

The Creature, Created by Victor Frankenstein, Thoughts on Responsibility.

What victor did not know when he abandoned the creature in which he created was that creature was but a infant in his knowledge. Victor created a whole new being and left him on his own. The creature was forced to figure everything out on his own. "it was, indeed a long time before i was able to distinguish between my senses"(shelley 85) The creature is all on his own, he is grotesque and terrifying, No one wants anything to do with him, the creature wants victor to take responsibility for what he created. "Cursed, cursed, creator! Why did i live? Why, in that instant, did i not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?"(shelley 116)

Modern Day Responsibility

I am around the same age victor was when he left for college at the beginning of the book. Victor was young, he was curios, out on his own with no hand to hold. Victor believed himself responsible. "During the teenage years, children’s need for responsibility and autonomy gets stronger – it’s an important part of their path to young adulthood."(raisingchildren.net) Victor was very self dependent for being a new college student I will give him that, however he thought he could handle the responsibility of bringing life into the world, and had no idea what that entailed.

This connects to our lives today because many teens think they know everything and are very responsible then get a girl pregnant or get pregnant and aren't ready for the responsibility. "In 2013, a total of 273,105 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years (Centers for disease control and prevention) young adults and teens need to take more responsibility for major life decisions and choices they make.

Citations

  • "Shifting Responsibility to Your Child." Responsibility and Teenagers. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.
  • "About Teen Pregnancy." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 May 2015. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.
  • The Book-Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. New York, Ny; Singet, 2000, print