The Downfall of Victor Frankenstein playing GodThe science fictional story titled Frankenstein is about a self-centered mad scientist named Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein became absolutely obsessed with his knowledge of creating life. Some would say what he created is alive and looks somewhat human-like but what he created was a no human.
He created a monster. Mary Shelley may have not used the word “Monster”. She instead used the word “Creature”.
Frankenstein abused his knowledge and pretended to be God. This power correlates to God but the difference is that God is known to be perfect when creating while Victor is not. Victor’s grasp of knowledge forms an interesting topic and discussion of Victor Frankenstein’s character.When Victor was much younger, his interests were very high in science. Frankenstein went on to college and became more and more obsessed with the idea of creating life. He became so obsessed that he became mad. Instead of starting out small, Victor took a huge leap and attempted to make a human as his first creation. “After days and nights of incredible labor and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
” (Shelley 30) He put hours into his work and became successful. Victor set up his career focused only on his science practices. Frankenstein was driven and almost nothing could stop him. He did not have any magical or supernatural powers so he needed his knowledge of science to guide him.
That is why the story is considered Science fiction instead of fantasy. Victor Frankenstein’s obsession became so ignorant that he lost all of his morals. He tried and succeeded to become God. Now he was not actually a god, but he did what what God did. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.” (Shelley 55) In his mind, creating life is prestigious and wonderful.
He knew he would be proud of his work and he believed many others would celebrate him for his accomplishment. It would be a huge discovery for its time whether it turned out good or bad. The thing is, he didnt take the time to think that society might be afraid. Many people were. But he ignored the majority of others who disapproved his studies and proceeded. It was a selfish decision. Victor decided to make his creature out of body parts that he stole from people’s graves.
But he did not realize that the body parts he was using were from semi-rotting people which explains why his creation looked like a monster. “Nor could I consider the magnitude and complexity of my plan as any argument of its impracticability. It was with these feelings that I began the creation of a human being.
” (Shelley 54) Victor created a creature unpleasing to the eye which caused society to react so horribly. He instead should have tried other methods like using fresher body parts from people who died only a few days earlier. His error caused many problems.In the setting of the story, the creation of life would be beyond incredible discovery. But the reaction he got from the community was not what he expected. His discovery was greatly frowned upon because they believed that he pretended to be god. His pride forced him to believe everything he did was amazing.
His confidence did not allow him to see the end result. The end result being consequences. He went forth with his attempt for discovery and he was successful at creating life, but not creating a good one. He created evil.
At the time he only thought of success. But later on he observed his creation become a monster. The monster caused way more harm than good. Victor felt terrible and saw his wrongdoing.
“I felt as if I had committed some great crime, the consciousness of which haunted me. I was guiltless, but I had indeed drawn down a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal is that of crime.” (Shelley 167) After little thought, unfortunately, Victor’s mind did not change a whole lot. His pride spiked again immediately after the monster demanded a companion, another creature. The creature explained how a companion would put him in a much better mood.
In Victor’s mind, this was a bonus and he became happy. Victor would get to create another and his previous work would behave normally. The problems many others had with the monster would decrease. They believed that the monster would be nicer and treat humans the same way that he treated his companion.
The only thing stopping Victor from creating another creature is that he didn’t want to create another disgusting looking human. “…one of the first results of those sympathies for which the daemon thirsted would be children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth.” (Shelley 170) He received heavy criticism before and didn’t want to be judged again. People around him had mixed feelings about creating another one. The people could not decide to allow Victor to play God again or allow the creature to be angry and possibly hurt more people.
They had to decide between the lesser evil. Victor never mentions that his monster was the primary cause of William’s death. Since Victor made the thing, he should be the one to blame for it. Victor’s selfishness to avoid blame only made society dislike and misunderstand the creature even more causing the creature to be more upset and do more destruction.
If Victor took responsibility he would face the consequences in hope that the people treat the creature better by not blamming it for its behavior. But that obviously was not the case. This is why things didn’t turn out well in the end for anyone.The selfishness of Victor Frankenstein determined him to create life. His pride and ignorance to others caused problem after problem throughout the story. Victor Frankenstein should not have created the monster.
He should have thought twice before action. His action led to a tragic murder that greatly affected multiple people’s lives negatively. The worst part is that Victor never owned up to his mistake causing society to blame the creature and make things worse. Afterall, Victor Frankenstein’s attempts at playing the role of god is flawed by excessive hubris. Therefore, Victor Frankenstein plays God in a negative role.