Victor and Creature Responsability
Victor and the Creature say a lot about responsibility throughout the book. In the beginning Victor tries to run from the responsibility of the monster. Seen in chapter 5, page 43 saw Victor says "I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if i sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view." At this point in the book Victor has created the creature already and doesn't want anything to do with it. This shows that victor doesn't want the responsibility of the creature in which he created. Next in chapter 8, page 71 Victor says "I beheld those I loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts." This shows that after Victor created the creature and the creature went on to kill William and later Justine is killed for the death of William, Victor is feeling as if he killed them because he is responsible for the monsters actions due to being the creator. As the book proceeds Victor gets more and more torn by the monster and his actions. Seen in chapter 10, page 80 Victor says "wandering spirits, if indeed ye wander, and do not rest in your narrow beds, allow me this faint happiness or take me, as your companion, away from the joys of life." Victor is saying here that if these spirits cant make him happy by taking the monster from him he would like for them to kill him. He is showing here that he doesn't want the responsibility of the monster, but realizes that he has to have the responsibility, so he wants to die. In chapter 16, page 116 the monster says "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?" This part in the book the monster has given up on trying to live a normal life amongst humans. He realized that nobody will accept him and he is frustrated why he was even born. He says in that quote that why did "his creator" (victor) create him if he doesn't want anything to do with him. This again has shown the fact that Victor doesn't want the responsibility of the monster. Through the book from this point the monster realizes he wont be accepted by man kind so he makes the choice to make Victors life hell. He goes on a killing spree of all the people that are close to Victor and he kills Victors close friend Henry. In chapter 22, page 163 after Victor finds that the monster killed Victor he says "Human beings, their feelings and passions, would indeed be degraded if such a wretch as I felt pride. Justine, poor happy Justine, was so innocent as I, and she suffered the same charge; She died for it; and I am the cause of this- I murdered her William, and Henry- they all died by my hands." This is Victor saying that even though he didnt actually kill those 3 he still did in a way because he created the monster and he is responsible for what he does. Finally at the end of the book after the monster killed everyone of Victors close friends, he says in chapter 24, page 189 "I must pursue and destroy the being to whom I gave existence; then my lot on earth will be fulfilled and I may die." Victor says here that his final mission in life is to kill the creature. He has accepted the responsibility of him and knows he must kill him. Through this whole book lots of examples of responsibility is seen. Early on its seen as Victor trying to run from it. Mid way through Victor realizes that he is responsible even if he runs from it and feels the pain of the death of a lot of his friends. Then at the end he fully accepts responsibility and starts to do something about the monster and ends up paying with his life. This is how responsibility was shown in the book Frankenstein.
Importance of Responsibility
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