Responsibility by: Jamison Gleich

What is it?

Responsibility plays a key part in every day lives and plays a key part in everyone's life. Responsibility is a structure that every person has. It shows status and also shows greater levels of growing up and being an adult. It differs from person to person.

Quote #1

"When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation. I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I when there have precipitated him to their base." (Shelley 74)

Here in this quote on page 74, we see that Victor is extremely emotional about what has happened. Not only is he upset but is also very mad, mad at himself for what he has done. Creating this creature caused these crimes in which himself being the creator.

Quote #2

"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? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery." (Shelley 116)

This shows the creature, not knowing what to do. Why has Victor done this to him. This abandonment of him. Not needing or wanting of him.This shows responsibility because we see that the creature is in a state of misery, and Victor is blaming himself for the actions and everything that the creature has done. Nothing would be like this if it were not for creating him in the first place.

Quote #3

"I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death." (Shelley 118)

This quote is from the creature on page 118. We see that the creatures thoughts are no longer a good thing to him. The more the creature is learning of this world and the way it works the worse it is becoming of him. No socialization for him, nothing. Here we see that the creature leans toward violence and bad things. These being the things that is the last thing Victor wants. Especially being acted towards his own family. Victor with all of the work he has done and the mind set he had for this, is corrupt and believes it is his own fault for what will happen to his people and his family.

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Quote #4

"I had desired it with an ardor that far exceeded moderation; but now that i had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. 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 41)

Here in this quote we see that Victor is in utter confusion. He does not know what to do with himself. He knows what he has done at this point. He realizes that what he has done cannot be taken back. We can see from this that he himself is putting himself into a state of mind that is not good. He cannot sleep and cant do anything but think of what he has done. This shows that Victor is taking responsibility for his actions and for what he has done.

Quote #5

"I also thought of my father and surviving brother: should i by my base desertion leave them exposed and unprotected to the malice of the fiend whom i had let loose among them." (Shelley 76)

Victor is thinking about his family. More importantly his brother and his father. He knows what is roaming of them, being the creature. He doesn't want them to get hurt, that is the last thing that he would ever want to happen. But Victor knows what he has created he knows what the creature he created is capable of. He feels responsible for this and doesn't want his family to get hurt.

Quote #6

"I listened to this discourse with the extremest agony. I not in deed, but in effect, was the true murderer." (Shelley 77)

This is a quote from Victor in the book on page 77. Although he has not actually committed any crimes himself, victor knows that being the creator of this creature and bringing him to the world of life, is the true murderer. None of this would have happened if it were not for Victor himself, doing what he did and all of the work he has created has brought death upon his family and feels responsible for these actions.

Modern Connections

For a teenager, there has to be consequences. Weather it be a small thing like an assignment or something big as breaking the law in the worst situation. Either way consequences are a huge part of responsibility. They need to take these consequences and accept it for it being there own fault. Taking this and learning from it shows a huge amount of responsibility. As we see in the book, we see the same situation. Although Victor was warned about not doing the creation like this, and being told not to do what he did, he did it anyway. We see in various parts of the story that Victor accepts what has been done is at fault for it. Blaming himself and what the creature had done, was his own fault.
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Modern Connections

Another modern connection of responsibility to the book Frankenstein is through something as easy as giving limits to a teenager. For example, say that your teenager needs a sense of boundaries. So as a parent you have rules for the household. Say that one of these rules was that you were not allowed to use or play electronic devices after the time of 10:00 pm at night. Following this rule gives a sense of responsibility to the teenager. You are not allowing them to do what ever they want but you are giving them a task to complete, and in doing this, the teenager being right would not proceed to use the electronic devices after this time giving them responsibility. We can use this and show responsibility in the book also. The way we can relate this to the book is when Victor is confronted by the option of creating another creature, a mate for the first creation he made. He decides that he cannot create this creature again. He cant make another. He knows what the first one he created was capable of and what it had done. He could not allow any type of situation like this to happen again, or to be doubled. In this we see that Victor feels responsible for the first creation of his, and cannot and will not be responsible for another one of these events. He knows he cannot do it and cannot create another.

Works Cited Page

Web Sites

Kestin, Todd. "How Teens Become Responsible Adults." The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

"Shifting Responsibility to Your Child." Responsibility and Teenagers. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

"10 Handy Tips On How To Make Your Teenager Responsible." MomJunction. N.p., 19 Dec. 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.


Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. N.p.: Signet Classics, 2000. Print.

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