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In the novel Frankenstein, what is Victor most guilty of?

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gstinnett707 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 27, 2008 at 11:22 AM via web

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In the novel Frankenstein, what is Victor most guilty of?

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 27, 2008 at 5:52 PM (Answer #1)

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I think what Victor is most guilty of in the novel Frankenstein is vanity.  He gets carried away with the ideas of science and takes on a role that is essentially one that God plays, namely the creation of man.  He is vain in thinking that he can use science to create man. 

Once he has done this, he refuses to take any responsibility towards his monster and runs away. In the end after the painful confrontation between Victor and the monster, Victor still refuses to take full responsibility for his actions. He is seemingly incapable of showing much remorse. In fact, his disregard for the monster in general is strongly evidenced by his refusal to even listen to the monster.  

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 28, 2008 at 12:40 AM (Answer #2)

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Excellent question!  Victor is ambitious to a fault.  His grandiose goals include becoming famous for something that no one else has ever done.  He begins with the idea of being able to save those we love from certain death--a nice thought if it meant we wouldn't have population problems, etc. later on down the road.  Victor fails to think things through carefully--the consequences are never considered--he just goes at his ideas and goals like he's killing snakes.  He wants to create life, and he does.  He never once considers who and how it will be cared for or what's do be done with it afterward.  In fact, he never thinks of it as ugly until it breathes life.   

His irresponsibility coupled with the ambition gets my vote for his greatest fault.  Had he considered anyone other than himself and how others would be effected by his actions and inventions, the book would have been a very different read.

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