The novel Frankenstein is very intriguing. It will have you feigning to read more and more. The plot has many twists and turns; that will have you frantically guessing. Mary Shelley, the author catches your attention as soon as you open the book, and keeps it all the way through until the end of the novel. There is much controversy about the actual monster; the creation or the creator! By understanding the physical and social circumstances, motives for behavior, and capacity for good and evil you can make a well-rounded inference about who is the actual monster.
Comparing Victor and his creation will bring forth many differences; physically and socially. The creator (Victor Frankenstein) is very attractive and charming. Yet the creation is hideous and gruesome. Victor Frankenstein is beloved by the entire town; many friends and a loving companion. While the creation is feared by all that lay eyes upon him!
Revenge is the most emotion felt throughout the entire novel. I believe there are some motives which lead to the act of revenge from the two main characters in this novel. Well Victor had no apparent motives for his upsetting behaviors. He allowed innocent people to lose their lives for his obscene actions. Revealing the creation to the people of the town could have saved many of the dearest lives that were taken from him. Victor over stepped his boundaries when starting to create a human being. Unthinkingly, he tried to portray God when obstructing to bring forth life. While on the other hand, the creature had many motives for his gruesome behavior. He strived for goodness in the beginning and learned the ways and language of normal human beings during that specific time period. He willingly tried to make friends, but was caste away because of his appearance. He heroically saved a young girl from drowning and was repaid gratitude by being shot. Victor Frankensteins creation just wanted to be loved by a faithful companion. Cruelty from others who inhabited the town turned him towards vengeance.
Victor and his creation both have the capacity for good and evil. In the beginning of the novel Victors berated antics where within great intentions. Unfortunately his terrible decision making corrupted his thoughts which lead to pure evilness and revenge. In the novel for example, he knew without a doubt Justine was innocent. He tried to help prove innocence, but he still never revealed the creature who committed the crime. Justine was killed on account of his behalf for not bringing forth the truth. The creation just wanted to be treated fairly. He was as if a newborn baby when he was created. He acquired virtues from the people he watched. He did not know how to be evil or of revenge. He had all intentions for good; just treated poorly by society in which lead him to the capacity for evil.
By thoroughly understanding the physical and social circumstances, motives for behavior, and capacity for good and evil you can make a well-rounded inference about who is the actual monster. From reading the novel and understanding each character; I came to the conclusion that the actual monster is victor Frankenstein. Even though the creation was gruesome, it all could have been avoided if Victor had of stayed in a scientists place and not tried to portray God.