Lauren Farrell- Frankenstein Final Assessment


"I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body." (Shelley 42) Victor knew that if he wanted to meet the goal of his creation, he had to put in the effort. He knew he had to take responsibility for his project and not give up. "The sight of the awful and majestic in nature had indeed always the effect of solemnizing my mind and causing me to forget the passing cares of life." (Shelley 79) Victor realizes how he went wrong with his project and seems to regret it. He knows how bad it can be so he wants to do his best to ignore it. Ignoring his problem, means he is ignoring his responsibility that he took on when he chose to complete this experiment.

Was Victor's creation a wise idea?

"I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited, but felt impelled to hurry on, although drenched by the rain which poured from a black and comfortless sky." (Shelley 44) Victor, knowing his creation was dangerous, did not take responsibility for it here because if he had, he would have gone back to the apartment to tame it. "I determined to go without a guide, for I was well acquainted with the path, and the presence of another would destroy the solitary grandeur of the scene." (Shelley 79) As you can see here, as time goes on, Victor realizes what he has done and what he needs to do to keep everyone safe from the creature.

"Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind." (Shelley 81)

Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or having control over someone.