Essay on Frankenstein: Responsibility

1143 Words Apr 9th, 2013 5 Pages
Who Is Responsible?
If a child acted violently toward another child, should the parents of that child be held responsible for the inappropriate behavior, or should the child take full responsibility for his/her actions? This question of responsibility comes up often in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. Her horrific and dark tale of the mad, science-obsessed Victor Frankenstein, wanting to create life from what had already been dead, evokes questions of who is at fault for the creature’s murders. Although some may say that the creature is at complete fault because he is own “person”, but ultimately Victor is at fault because he is the one who created a being that destroyed the lives of innocent people due to how he treated the creature.
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The creature was not born evil, but the isolation and neglect was what drove the creature to his vengeful and violent behavior. In the novel, the creature states, “…he (Adam) was allowed to converse with and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature, but I was wretched, helpless and alone.” (110) This statement shows how lonely the creature was and how that loneliness ate away at his heart and mind, pushing into feelings of animosity and resentment towards Victor and his loved ones, since Victor was the one who was supposed to provide that love and care he needed in the first place.
Victor made the decision to give life to a being without considering the possible consequences of creating life. After "incredible labor and fatigue" Victor finally accomplished his goal. He created a life without any consideration and the only purpose for him was to have supreme power. Victor brought the creature into the world and did not even accept his creation. Horrified by his creature, Victor abandoned him. Victor said: "Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I escaped" (85). At this point we see how Victor rejected his responsibilities for his child. He

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