Parallels in Frankenstein: The monster's changing views.The creature a gentle and empathetic being when he begins his lonely journey. However, he is not a static character, and both his...
Parallels in Frankenstein: The monster's changing views.
The creature a gentle and empathetic being when he begins his lonely journey. However, he is not a static character, and both his interpretation of the world and his attitude toward it change. What events cause him to change his attitude?
Mary Shelley's monster in Frankenstein is certainly a dynamic character. (A dynamic character is a character who changes in one way or another over the course of the text.)
There are two places in the text where the attitude of the monster changes regarding his outlook on humanity and his outlook on Victor (his negative outlook on life begins with Victor abandoning him).
In the monster's quest, "his lonely journey," the monster is attacked and alienated by humanity. He loses all faith in mankind. It is not until he comes into contact with the DeLacey family that the monster learns about love and compassion. Here is the first place his views on the world change. The monster begins to see the world for the warmth and acceptance it holds.
The monster's view on the world changes again when he finds Victor. After asking Victor for his acceptance, and being denied it, the monster vows to take revenge on Victor and his family. No longer seeing the compassion in life, the monster's attitude about the world changes again.
The major events that contribute to the daemon's attitude transformation include the following;
When the monster is continuously unable to collaborate with society-- and he finally apprehends his alienation in juxtaposition to the people around him, at last noticing his attempts are never going to make a difference. "I saw him on the point of repeating his blow, when, overcome by pain and anguish, I quitted the cottage...my feelings were those of rage and revenge." (P.137-138)
The daemon saves a girl from drowning in the novel, yet he is still made to be seen as a disgrace to man, we can see this through the way that the man accompanying this scene shot at the daemon.
"This was then the reward for my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction...The feelings of kindness and gentleness, which I had entertained but a few moments before, gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth." (P.143)
When he happens to come across Frankenstein's nephew, and upon seeing the beauty of this young child, his anger ignites because he is reminded of Frankenstein's creation of him- and how he made him ugly and horrifying to man. "The child still struggled, and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart..." (P.144)