Responsibility In Frankenstein
By Tyler Downey
Responsibility in Frankenstein
Responsibility is the main theme in this story. It all started when Victor created the monster. When this event occurred, it gave Victor a big job to do . That job was to be responsible for the creature he created with his own hands. All of the actions that the creature made, Victor was responsible for. The creature was also had a lot to be responsible for. He was responsible for murdering close friends of Victors.
" Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry of life? Two I have already destroyed; other victims await their destiny." (Chapter 21)
Victor is saying this because he is starting to feel guilt for creating the creature. The creature that he created started to get angry with him for making him look so ugly. The creature murders the people that are close to victor in his life. Then the guilt for the murder of his brother and his best friend starts to upset and anger victor. Victor is responsible for the murders of his close friends because he created the monster.
"Human beings, their feelings and passions, would indeed be degraded if such a wretch as I felt pride. Justine, poor happy Justine, was as innocent as I, and she suffered the same charge; she died for it; and I am the cause of this- I murdered her. William, Justine, and Henry- they all died by my hands." (Chapter 22)
When Victor is speaking this quote he is really upset. He is calling himself a wretch and he is feeling really guilty that another one of his close friends was murdered by the creature he created. He says that if someone like this felt pride, then everyones feelings and passions would be downgraded.
" My duties to the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention because they included a greater proportion of happiness and misery." (Chapter 24)
Victor is saying in this quote that if he would have paid more attention to his family and friends and didn't focus on creating a creature then everybody could have been happy.
" This trait of kindness moved me sensibly. I had been accustomed, during the night, to steal part of their store for my own consumption, but when i found that in doing this i inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied my self with berries, nuts, and roots which i gathered from a neighboring wood." (Chapter 12)
The creature realizes that the family is in poverty. He then realizes that stealing the food is hurting the family. He takes his own responsibility to go out and scavenge for berries and nuts that he can eat. By doing this the creature shows us that he is able to be responsible for him self and that he has learned what being responsible means.
" This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompose I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone." (chapter 16)
The creature saves the little girl that slipped into the rushing water. By doing this the creature is responsible for saving the life of the little girl. Then the creature is now rewarded with a violent attack from the little girls father. The creature realizes that he did something good but still got punished for doing it.
"Begone! I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity and wickedness" (Chapter 20)
Victor doesn't want to create a mate for the creature because he doesn't want to be responsible for anything else.
Modern Connections of Responsibilities.
Modern Day connections of responsibility would be kids going to school an adults going to work. These responsibilities are needed to be done everyday in order to be successful. Another example of responsibilities would be kids having chores to do such as cleaning up the house or taking care of pets. We also see that there are other responsibilities that older kids and adults have to have such as driving. we all know that its a privilege to be able to drive, but when kids abuse their powers of responsibilities bad actions occur. Relating this to drinking and driving it is these peoples responsibilities to have. In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. We can see in this chart that drunk driving has a high number of fatalities because drivers are not being responsible.
"Impaired Driving: Get the Facts." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.