At the end of the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, what happens to Frankenstein and the creature? What are some differences and similarities between the creature and Frankenstein?
Victor Frankenstein dies aboard Captain Walton’s ship. Upon Frankenstein's death, the creature declares that he will kill himself soon and jumps off the ship. Both characters exhibit dangerous, self-serving behavior throughout the book, and they both die by the story’s end. But they have different motivations for their behavior—Frankenstein wants to flee from his problems, and the creature wants revenge for having been created.
At the end of Frankenstein, Victor and the monster both come to death. Victor dies on Captain Walton's ship while running from the monster. Right before he dies, however, he has just agreed to go back to England after all that time, indicating that he has finally given up and perhaps will face his creation. But then he dies before that can happen. Then, Walton comes into the room where Victor's body is, and the monster is there, crying over him. Finally, after narrating a good deal of his own story to Walton, the creature says in the second to last paragraph of the book,
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At the end of the novel, the creature announces to Walton his intentions to kill himself after discovering that Victor Frankenstein died aboard the ship.
While both committed wrongs against one another, one difference between the two characters is the difference between these wrongs. Frankenstein, after creating a living being, abandons it to learn and “grow up” alone because he is repulsed by his own creation: “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room…” His crime against the creature, primarily, is his abandonment and lack of fulfillment of the creature’s needs. The creature’s crimes against Frankenstein are intentional, a means to ensure that he suffers just as the creature has suffered. Upon learning Frankenstein’s brother’s identity, he says, “‘Frankenstein! you belong to my enemy – to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.’”
One similarity between Frankenstein and the creature is the way in which each of them becomes caught up in one pursuit and feels as if it is the only thing that matters. For Frankenstein, this is the creation of the creature, for he says to Walton in the telling of his story, “…I could not tear my thoughts from my employment, loathsome in itself, but which had taken an irresistible hold of my imagination.” Similarly, the creature says to Walton at the end of the novel, “The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion. And now it is ended; there is my last victim!” Neither character enjoys the tasks he feels compelled to complete, but both feel as if it is beyond their control.