Responsibility

Responsibility throughout Frankenstein

In the book, Frankenstein, the theme of responsibility is shown all throughout the text and is a very important theme to the story. Victor is much responsible for all the deaths of all the people that the creature murdered. Frankenstein has this responsibility put on his hands because whenever the creature was created , he just abandoned the creature.


Quote #1: "It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, half frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate." (Chapter 11, page 84)


This quote is from where the creature is telling his story to victor. The story that the creature is telling victor is from when after Victor abandoned him. This quote relates to responsibility of Victor because the creature feels this way just because Victor left him with no other knowledge on how to survive in the world.



Quote #2: "That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered! (Chapter 10, page 81)


In this part of the book, this is where Victor has meet up with the creature and is trying to get him to go away. This quote shows that Victor has still not taken responsibility for his actions in the book because he still doesn't realize that it is his fault because he let the creature out in the world without knowing anything. Anything the creature does is his fault really.



Quote #3: "I will revenge my injuries.; if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my arch-enemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred. Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth." (Chapter 17, Page 124-125)


This is where the monster wants Victor to make him a female for him to love after the creature has told him his story. Victor does not want to make another creature like him because he doesn't want the next to turn out the same way. This shows responsibility because the creature will cause Frankenstein to have fear. Victor takes responsibility of this because he made this happen to himself because he abandoned the creature.



Quote #4: "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I have endeavored from?" (Chapter 5, Page 42)


In this part of the book, Victor has created the monster and is describing him. He uses the adjective horrid to describe the monster. I think this has to do with responsibility because Victor could have maybe taken the extra time to make the monster look better and more presentable. It was really his choice on how the creature would look.


Quote #5: "Elizabeth my love, my wife, so lately living, so dear, so worthy. She had been moved from the posture in which I had first beheld her, and now, as she lay, he head upon her arm and a handkerchief thrown across her face and neck." (Chapter 23, Page 173)


In this quote, this is where Elizabeth has died from the creature murdering her after Victor had just married her. This has to do with responsibility because this wouldn't of happened if Victor made the creature a female and made up to the creature for abandoning him.


Quote #6: "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 has not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge." (Chapter 16, Page 116)


This quote is where the creature is telling his story. In it, he has just been chased out of the cottage by the people living there. This shows responsibility because Victor takes responsibility for the creature regretting that eh was created. It is also his responsibility that people fear the creature for his appearances.

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Modern Connections

Types of responsibility


Legal- This type of responsibility means to follow laws and to keep legal responsibility.


examples: Following traffic laws (not speeding), no crime, etc.



Moral- Responsibility from knowing whats wrong and whats right to do. We feel we are morally responsible because it would be wrong to ignore it.


examples: Helping someone who has fallen down, helping a homeless family.



Social- Responsibilities that society has towards everyone. They are ones we share as a society, not held by individuals.


examples: Improving lives and society.



Personal- Responsibility that makes us feel often that we are personally responsible for things. Mostly because this is dealing with friends and family.


examples: Family troubles, arguments.


Responsibility of Alcohol


Today, large numbers of individuals do not take the responsibility of drinking (and driving) right. Some even drink underage; others who drink overage can get in accidents from driving with alcohol in their systems.


- Between 1993 and 2001, people from the ages of 18 - 20 experience a 56% increase in binge drinking.


- About 90% of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers is consumed during binge drinking.


- Over 1,000 lives are lost of 18 - 24 year olds because of drinking while driving (60% of underage deaths).

Works Cited

Shelley, Mary. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. Print.


"Choose Responsibility." Statistics -. Union Street Media, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.


"Different Types of Light." The Science News-Letter 53.23 (1948): 366. Pearson Publishing. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.