Choose to either defend/prosecute Victor Frankenstein as he is charged with 1) death of William and 2) death of Justine. Address both..... You may believe that he is guilty of one offense and...

Choose to either defend/prosecute Victor Frankenstein as he is charged with 1) death of William and 2) death of Justine. Address both.

.... You may believe that he is guilty of one offense and innocent of another. What's your opinion on this? And support your reasoning as to why. Much appreicated. P.S Evidence from the text to support arguments!

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In the novel Frankenstein, Victor has created a monster. Now, this can be taken literally or figuratively. Literally, he has created a life which exists as a monster on sight. The form of the being is so hideous that Victor, himself, flees. Figuratively, Victor has created a being that tortures and ends human life. Regardless of one's interpretation, Victor's creation is a monster.

As for accountability, Victor lies at the core.  It was he who created the monster and, therefore, he is responsible for the monster's actions. If the Monster would not have been created, and abandoned (the most important aspect of its character), then the loss of William and Justine would never have happened.

Now, some will argue that parents cannot be held liable for their children's actions. This may be true in the minds of the courts, but society looks upon this in a different way. How many people accused of murder have used abuse by a parent as reasoning for their behaviors? This tactic has worked- and can be used as grounds for clearing the Monster of any wrongdoing in the eyes of those who believe that parents should take active roles in rearing their children.

 

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