FrankesteinCan someone pelase help me. I have been assigned to do a comparitive essay with this thesis "Frankenstein is more evil than his creation."  Can you give me examples with direct...

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Can someone pelase help me. I have been assigned to do a comparitive essay with this thesis "Frankenstein is more evil than his creation."  Can you give me examples with direct quotations, Thank You!

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

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While I am by no means justifying or agree with the creature's murder spree, we must not forget to focus on the fact that the individuals he kills are all related to Victor Frankenstein.  The creature wants vengence on one person only--the "father" figure who abadoned him without any thought to the creature's future or treatment by society.  We have absolutely no reason to believe that the creature would continue to rage against all humanity once he runs out of people in Victor's family and friends circle to kill.  The creature does say in the novel (after setting the de Lacey home on fire) that he hates all humankind, but he never acts out on that in general.  There are many opportunities for him to kill just for the fun of it as serial killers do (take Justine and Robert Walton, for instance)...the creature does not act on this, however.  He plans methodically and kills only those directly linked to Victor Frankenstein.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I guess it depends on what we define evil as.  Although I (most of us) have great sympathy for the creature, killing a number of people clearly is evil.  On the other hand, creating a being that you fail to love and turning it lose with no formation and no introduction to the world, is also evil.  I guess you could say that Victor is the more evil because his failures led to all the others.  Or perhaps society is the real culprit.  If society had been more accepting of a creature that didn't look like "them," if it had only been able to give the creature the love that he wanted and needed, then nothing would have happened.

Perhaps this is what reality is like.  Sometimes there's a clear cut reason for things; most of the time it's more ambiguous and we need consider not just one factor but a combination of several factors to understand a situation.

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lahma | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Thank You Very Much!

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