Frankenstein

Responsibility

Definition of Responsibility:

Responsibility is having a duty that you are in control of or having to deal with something or someone.

Frankenstein's Creation

"I stepped fearfully in: the apartment was empty, and my bedroom was also freed from its hideous guest." (Shelley, 45)

"Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created,

I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep." (Shelley, 42)

Victor created the creature but became horrified of it, so the creature fled. Frankenstein is responsible for his creation but doesn't accept the responsibility and deserts it.

Creatures Torment

"I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers-their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool!" (Shelley, 94) The creature says this, because people look normal and he was created and looks hideous in comparison. The creature wishes he looked like his fellow cottagers or at the very least normal.

Creature Rejected

"Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me? Agatha fainted, and Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage." (Shelley, 115) The creature finally built up the courage to talk to the cottagers, but they rejected him on seeing how abhorred he looked. The creature gave up on trying to gain people's love and vowed never to befriend a human again.

Death of Friends and Family

"William, Justin, and Henry-they all died by my hands." (Shelley, 163) Since Victor deserted the creature, the creature swore revenge, and killed his friends and family. This is Victor's fault because he rejected the creature as his creator. He needed to claim responsibility and faced what he created, but instead he shunned his creature.

Modern Connections

"My labours would soon end, and I believed that exercise and amusement would then drive away incipient disease; and I promised myself both of these when my creation should be complete." At this moment, Victor Frankenstein has claimed responsibility over the creature he has just made, and needed to accept the burden. He later on discovered how horrifying the creature was, and shunned it away, deserting the responsibility he was supposed to have over it.


Today in modern times, when a child is created or given life, the parents accept the responsibility of taking care of that child. The responsibility is held onto that child until they go off to college, and live their own lives. Frankenstein creates the creature, but doesn't accept responsibility and things go very wrong for him. It is a life lesson when you create something or take ownership of it, that you don't give it or that person up.


Victor feared later on after his creation, that the creature would want to have children o his own, and Frankenstein didn't want that to happen so he destroyed the creatures mate. "Even if they were to leave Europe and inhabit the deserts of the new world, yet one of the first results of those sympathies for which the demon thirsted would be children and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth." (Shelley, 144) Today, people don't destroy other peoples mates because they don't want them to have children. As parents and adults each others mate accepts the birth of their child or children, and wouldn't prevent them from being born by killing each other. Its all about responsibility and how to apply yourself in being responsible for your own actions.

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The creature is saying that Victor should have claimed responsibility, but didn't and now consequences will follow. The main point of it is Victor messed up and should have accepted responsibility over the creature, no matter how ugly or horrifying he looked.

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