Discuss the justice and injustice in Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein can be read in a certain way as a novel about miscarriage of justice and eventual guilt and punishment. Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist, is wealthy, powerful, brilliant, and well-connected. His personal qualities and his social position give him great power. Rather than using this power well, he acts with impunity, seeking only to satisfy his own personal interests rather than considering the common good, unlike his friend Henry Clerval, Elizabeth, Justine, and the members of the De Lacey family. As the monster points out, Victor is unwilling to shoulder responsibility for his actions. 

The first issue we encounter in thinking about justice is the degree to which we should be held responsible for acts of omission and the acts of others for which we are indirectly responsible. Victor himself, after all, is not a murderer nor does he as an individual lay false witness against Justine. On the other hand, Victor's failure to nurture the monster and instill in the monster a...

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