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jkash1 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 9, 2010 at 6:31 AM via web

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What is the relationship like between Victor Frankenstein and the Monster? Include quotes include if necessary.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 9, 2010 at 7:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor would rather have no relationship with his creation.  In a sense he is the creature's father.  He played God and created the creature.  Yet, when he saw what he had done he panicked and deserted his own creation.

"I must pursue and destroy the being to whom I gave existence; then my lot on earth will be full-filled, and I may die."(195)

The creature wants Victor's acceptance much like any child wants its father affection and acceptance.  He longs for Victor to relate and just allow him to exist, but he has been cast aside.   Therefore, the creature becomes Victor's worst nightmare by stalking him and eventually killing the people that Victor loves. 

"Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam,"(90)

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 9, 2010 at 7:32 AM (Answer #2)

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In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, the author uses the following archetypal relationships to juxtapose Victor and the Monster:

Doppelganger: The Monster is a doppelganger, or ghostly twin, of Victor.  He haunts his creator, vowing revenge against his family.

Foil: The Monster is a foil, or a reflection, of Victor.  He is his master's dark side made flesh.

God/man (Adam): Victor is analogous to God, and the Monster is Man.  Victor likewise abandons his creation. 

Father/son: Victor is the father (more like a dead-beat dad).  The Monster is a (abandoned, orphaned) son. 

Protagonist/Antagonist: Victor is the story's main character, and the Monster is his primary adversary.

Ego/Id: Victor is the side which he reveals in public, but the Monster is the Id, the overgrown child with selfish desires, which he wishes to hide.

Avenged/avenger: First, the Monster is the Avenger and Victor the avenged.  Then, both man and monster try to take revenge on each other in the land of ice.

Zeus/Prometheus: Victor is much like Zeus, who punishes Prometheus for giving fire to mankind.  The Monster is like Prometheus, the god who is forever chained to a rock and tormented by his creator. 

Here's a quote with shows several of the above relationships:

"'All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.'" Chapter 10, pg. 83

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