Frankenstein

Responsibility

Quotes from the book

"I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs." (Chapter 5). At this very moment, Frankenstein has realized that he has created the creature, and it is alive. From here on he dreads the creature and wishes that he had never created him. After he comes alive Frankenstein flees from him, creating the conflict of the whole book.


"You reproach me with your creation; come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed." (Chapter 10).

This quote by Victor shows that he understands that it is his responsibility to fix what he has done. He wants to kill the creature to clean up what he has made.


"Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us." (Chapter 10) The creature is explaining to Frankenstein that even though he is the one that made him, he still hates him and the creature knows that there is very little chance that Frankenstein will ever accept him.


"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?" (Chapter 16).

This is where the creature is enraged because the family rejects him. The creature is blaming his existence on Victor. If Victor actually cared about the creature, he would feel very bad and feel responsible for creating him.


"I murdered her. William, Justine, Henry, they all died by my hands." (Chapter 22)

Frankenstein is explaining that even though the creature is the one who killed all of these people, he feels that he was the real reason that his friends are dead.


"Know that, one by one, my friends were snatched away; I was left desolate." (Chapter 23)

After all of his friends are taken from him, Victor becomes very sad and knows this would have never happened if he had never created the monster.

Modern Day Connections

In modern day, responsibility is one of the most important things that define a person. This could have to do with doing well in school to get a job, or just doing the right thing in a certain situation. This book was written in the 1800's and still applies to life today for that reason. Victor Frankenstein creates the creature and is forced to deal with all the repercussions of the monsters actions. In the end, Victor feels very responsible for all of the damage done to him and his loved ones.


The idea of responsibility is timeless and is shown greatly throughout the book of Frankenstein. I believe that this is the biggest theme in the book. To relate this to modern day, a great example is people using social media. For kids wanting to go to college, if there are inappropriate or rude things said on a social media site a college may look and not accept you. For adults, employers ask for your Facebook to get a background on you, and if there is something they don't like, they won't hire you. Responsibility is a very important principle that can lead to rewards or to great problems.

Work Cited

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Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. London: Penguin, 2003. Print.