The Downfall and Portrayal of Frankenstein’s Beast
Frankenstein’s monster demands that Frankenstein produces him a female companion. Frankenstein agrees to this in the hopes that he will be left in peace. Nevertheless throughout production of the woman, and the monster seeing him work, it occurs to him the reality of the ugly act he is launching. Overcome by the picture of the monster and the concept of creating another like him, Frankenstein damages his work. The beast is troubled over Frankenstein’s actions and explains the torment he has been through whilst perusing him– he discusses that he will make Victor pay if he declines to produce him his female mate.
The passage starts with the sentence “The hour of my weakness is past and the period of your power has arrived.” This is an example of the gothic category and likewise an example of how Mary Shelley manages to steer far from the classical form of gothic writing, instead placing worry in the human mind through the human mind. One feels as though Frankenstein is acting as a slave to the beast in developing him a female. However, he comes to his senses and decides that this had actually been an ‘hour of weak point’ that must end in juxtaposition with the monster’s power.
As the reader one understands that the beast can murder, and are afraid of Frankenstein’s fate in declining to continue with the development of the female buddy. Stating that the beast can not encourage him to create ‘wickedness’, infers that the female buddy is something inhuman or unearthly, enhancing the concept of the abnormal nature of his creation. Nevertheless on reflection and realisation of the monster’s wickedness Frankenstein stops the development and instead to the beasts horror destroys it.
The above passage is an example of embedded story. It is in this passage that Victor is speaking in the first person to Walton. Victor says “need to I in cold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon, whose delight is in death and wretchedness”. The words cold blood, daemon, death and wretchedness are all examples of gothic images utilized to illustrate the look and nature of female monster. There appears to be an example drawn between the description of the monster and of a daemon.
It is here that an allegory of the daemon in Milton’s paradise lost is utilized when describing Frankenstein’s own produced beast. Initially we are lead to think that the beast is Adam, while the hubris is manifested in the role of Victor. However, the beast likewise fits and takes the role of the Daemon, presuming the function of Satan, a fallen archangel who engineers the fall of Adam bringing Sin and Death into the world. This was an act performed by the monster who, abandoned by Frankenstein, was left to take care of himself, in addition to compete with feelings of seclusion and neglect.
The bane of Frankenstein’s actions, in the pursuit of dangerous knowledge, end up being clear when the beast, intending to make Frankenstein share his sensations of isolation and desertion worldwide, begins killing those nearby and dearest to him. Frankenstein, decides that it is because of the feelings of anger associated for the beast killing his sibling, that reinforce his firm choice not to produce the monster a buddy. “Begone!” I am firm and your words will only irritate my rage. Utilizing elevated lexis such as the word “begone” highlight his decision to not listen to what the beast needs to state and as though the monster’s actions speak louder than his words. It is also as if Frankenstein is trying to create reasons when denying the beast of a female companion. Femininity is a theme that runs throughout the text, given that Shelly’s mom was a feminist it is not surprising. The truth that Frankenstein ruined, and now refuses to develop the female figure can be seen as an anti-feminist action.
It is as though Victor fears the ability of the woman to recreate, to “create a race of devils” juxtaposed with his fear of the female perhaps stopping working to please the beast. It can be interpreted that Frankenstein worries creation of a female creature that he can not manage. Due to the power that the female beast might possibly possess, Frankenstein inflicts his male power on the female animal, in his decision to terminate his development, by destroying her.
For that reason, in resemblance with the other female characters in the book, destroying of the woman causes her complete passivity. There is likewise an analogy drawn in between the beast and the devil in hell manifested in “gnashed his teeth in the impotence of anger” The monster is infuriated and here handles a likeness in character to the devil. The monster in anger puts forward a plausible and heart felt argument thinking “shall each male … discover an other half for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone?” It is here that the style of seclusion can be identified.
Isolation is enforced upon him by Frankenstein, who neglectfully deserts him. The sentence makes us aware of the monster’s yearning for companionship and a need for love and affection that Frankenstein denies him of. It might also be argued that the monsters words and action’s of violence are just a subsequent action of his awareness that he may never ever experience love as a typical human. This can also be deduced from the words “I am harmful because I am unpleasant” spoken by the monster previously on in the book (P. 119).
It remains in hindsight in his narrative to Walton that Frankenstein says he feels he had “feelings of affection … requited by detestation and scorn”. This appears an ironic declaration as it is clear to the reader that Frankenstein did not share a motherly bond with the animal at all however instead outcast and abandonsed him stopping working to nurture his own creation. Frankenstein’s egotistic and solipsistic nature can be discovered in the words “I had sensations of affection” hence in spite of the monsters obvious anguish Frankenstein is only worried for himself revealing no sense of compassion for the creature.
An analogy can be drawn between the monster and the devil when the beast threatens Frankenstein with the words “Guy you may hate however beware!” and in extension “your hours will pass in dread and misery” this hazard might be due to his sensations of isolation. The monster, who has the mind of a little kid, can think of no other method to make Frankenstein experience the isolation he exists in other than by seeking vengeance. In the words spoken by the monster “quickly the bolt will fall which should ravish from you your joy permanently”.
It might be argued that the beast utilizes the word bolt referring to a bolt of lightening, in parallel with the trigger of lightening that was instilled upon him in his minute of creation. The monster associates his stimulate of production with the anguish of his own existence, and in referring to a bolt of lightening falling on Frankenstein suggests that the beast wants Frankenstein to share the same torment of presence and seclusion. “Are you to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my own wretchedness” even more describes the monsters want Frankenstein to share the misery of his existence with him.
The beast draws attention to, and understands that simply as the words ‘light’ ‘food’ and ‘death’ are the fundamental necessities of, humanity; his death is more crucial and more vital than this is his vengeance on Frankenstein. In this passage the beast utilizes the sun as a personified intense image from the natural world, in juxtaposition with himself, a fiery image from hell, a beast developed from unnatural repercussions, who in addition to the sun will look upon the torment of Frankenstein.
The beast that has actually been abandoned by Frankenstein, shunned by others and who has actually enjoyed the destruction of his female companion has actually lost everything that is closest and dearest to him, and feels as though he has actually experienced the worst that might perhaps occur to him. It is because of this that he has gotten both in strength and power, and the edge over Frankenstein, who still has numerous pals and loved ones alive whom he looks after.
This can be comprehended by the words spoken by the monster “Be careful for I am courageous, and therefore effective” There is further use of an analogy drawn in between Satan in the bible and the beast who speaks the words “I will view with the wiliness of a snake, that I might sting with its venom. Male you shall repent of the injuries you cause.” This is also utilized to show the biblical style that is running through the book as the word repent is utilized together with making use of allegory of the old testament in the bible.
The devil was said to watch through the eyes of the snake tempting eve to defy god by consuming the forbidden fruit. Likewise the Monster handles the role of the devil, enjoying through the eyes of the snake stating that he “might sting with his venom” indicating that he will trigger damage upon Victor, making him feel the pain, seclusion and sadness that the beast currently feels in loosing whatever nearby and dearest to him. Frankenstein then draws an example in between the monster and the snake watching hrough the eyes of the devil by telling him not to “toxin the air with these noises of malice.” Poison and malice are both imagery of the Gothic category used to describe Frankenstein’s unnatural development. Paradox is found in the line” I am no coward to flex beneath words” As we are aware that victor is afraid in that he does not dedicate to full responsibility of the monster he has developed and deserts it through realisation and frustration of his own development. We are likewise mindful that he is too afraid to confess to responsibility of the monster whose actions result in Justine’s death.
We later on realise that Walter sets out to revenge the monster, nevertheless does not dedicate to his word “I testify persue the Daemon” (p. 171) by later on asking Walter to undertake his work. (p. 185) The monster then mentions his plans to seek ultimate revenge on Frankenstein with the peripetaiea “Remember, I will be with you on your wedding-night” providing the reader a sense that things will in some way go wrong for Frankenstein on this special event, and the sensation that he will seek vengeance on Frankenstein by eliminating Elizabeth who is to become his other half.
It can be stated that the beast who later on eliminates Elizabeth is just doing to Frankenstein what Frankenstein has already done to him, by the destruction of his female buddy. It is by eliminating Elizabeth that the monster hopes to set up the feelings of isolation that are already felt by the Beast. Nevertheless Frankenstein who is his blinded by his own egotism and solipsistic nature think that the beast is planning to eliminate him, and fails to secure Elizabeth from her death. Bibliography Main sources Shelley, M (1990) Frankenstein. London: Puffin Classics.