Urgent notice :Discuss the true nature and personality of the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?emotion of the creature; what are the emotions he experiences in the order they happen? and...

Urgent notice :Discuss the true nature and personality of the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

emotion of the creature;

what are the emotions he experiences in the order they happen? and what sre his reactions/ thoughts in the order they happen

Give examples

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Victor Frankenstein's creature is a Rousseauian (sp?) creature:  he is born innocent and it is the society of humans who corrupt him by providing the causes of his vengeful actions. 

When he is born, he smiles lovingly at his creator; abandoned by the horrified Victor who flees, the creature wanders until he finds a hovel hidden from a cottage that he looks into, watching the inhabitants and learning from them.  Inspired by the loving affection that the DeLaceys demonstrate for one another, the creature is inspired by their tenderness and becomes desirous of sharing this greatest of human needs.  Unfortunately, his desire exceeds his caution, and his appearance is so frightening and shocking that the DeLacey son feels he must defend his blind father against such a monster.

Once he is rejected by those that he has come to love, the society of which he wishes to become a part effects his corruption.  In his despair, the creature departs and, later, a young girl comes running as though doing so in sport.  But, when she collapses in a stream, the creature rushes to save her.  However, a young "rustic" shoots at him.

"This was then the reward of my benevolence!" declares the creature.  He relates that a slight sleep "relieved" him from the pain of thinking about what happened.  As he is awakened by a "beautiful child," an idea seizes the creature: 

...this little creature was nprejudiced, and had lived too short a time to have imbibed a horror of deformity.  If, therefore, I could seize him and educate him as my companion and friend, I should not be so desolate in this peopled earth.

However, William, the brother of Victor, is, indeed, horrified.  He cries for the "monster" to let him go.  Ironically, William effects his own death as he tells the creature that his father is M. Frankenstein.

...my enemy--to him towards  whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.

This the creature replies, and commits his first murder.  But, still, the creature offers Victor a reprieve.  If he will create a partner for him, the creature will depart and never bother the Frankenstein family.  Of course, when Victor refuses this request, the creature continues on his murderous path.  Nevertheless, the creature has never been intrinsically evil.  For, when Victor dies, the creature weeps, mourns, and blames himself: 

That is also my victim!...in his murder my crimes are consummated; the miserble series of my being is wound to its close!  Oh, Frankenstein! generous and self-devoted being! what does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me?  I who irretrievably destroyed thee by destroying all thou lovedst.

The monster begins as an innocent, but loses this ingenuousness from his exposure to human society; nonetheless, he remains more human than his creator who has sacrificed his soul to science.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Post #4 is an excellent answer.  Remember that the creature is "The Modern Prometheus"...the creature, like Prometheus (who gets fire from the gods), seeks something he needs to survive.  Love.  However, because of his hideous appearance, no one trusts him or allows him to come near them or their loved ones.  He is destined to always be a social outcast.  Therefore, he is forced to suffer forever...also like Prometheus (who is punished for stealing fire by being bound to a rock and having his liver eaten daily by vultures.  Once the darkness falls, the liver regenerates and the birds return to eat again.  All of this goes on, of course, while Prometheus is awake and aware of what is happening).  So, the creature, awake and aware of his destiny, seeks revenge on his creator, Victor, who made the choice to abandon him.  I think he must feel much like so many children who are aborted each day...thrown away and unloved because his parent has deemed him an "unloveable mistake".

He comes into the world innocent and happy.  Seeking love and acceptance from his "father".  He is left alone, cold, and hungry in the apartment.  He leaves the apartment with his creator's overcoat for warmth.  He experiences with wonder the beauty of the moon and the scents and sights of the outdoors.  He is chased and beaten by villagers, so he decides to stay away from people.  He then comes to the cottage inhabited by the DeLacey family where he watches and learns from them.  He admires their beauty and the love they have for one another and wishes to be accepted into their family. He helps them by chopping firewood and harvesting potatoes for them.  However, when he comes to introduce himself to them, they react as others have in the past...with violence, fear, and hatred.  It is then that he finds the journal in the coat pocket, and having learned to read from the family, he learns of Victor Frankenstein in Geneva.  He goes there, murders young William, frames Justine, and demands that Victor build the creature a female companion.  Victor does not trust him to keep his word to leave with the female and live in isolation from all people, so he destroys the femal companion.  The creature then follows through with his threats to kill everyone Victor loves.  In the end, the creature and Victor have only one another to live for, and the creature gets his companion after all. 

The creature is intelligent, sensitive, and logical.  He is my favorite character in the book--not because of his violence, but because of his ability to speak so articulately and logically for his one desire--to be accepted and loved. 

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It has been a *very* long time since I read the book, but it is different from most movie versions. The monster, far from being "slow", mentally, has complex thoughts, emotions, and expressive language. He changes from a being unaware of how he looks to people to one who very much does. He wants acceptance, but realizes he will never be able to achieve it because of his appearance. Mostly this takes the form of hatred of Frankenstein; the monster knows that getting back at Frankenstein is best accomplished not by attacking him, but by attacking the people Frankenstein loves--especially after Frankenstein destroys the being he has promised he will make as a companion for the monster. Finally, though, after Frankenstein dies the monster expresses sorrow for his actions, and says he will kill himself.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might want to think about how, paradoxically, the humanity of the "monster" is expressed by Shelley. Think of his relation with the blind man that he first finds. He shows a capacity to love and to build friendship that is noteable for its normalcy. He also certainly feels a very strong bond with his "maker" and a desire for companionship that is completely human. Shelley seems to be saying that the "monster" is actually less of a monster than we might think.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My personal opinion is that the true “creature” is the one who gave life with no regard for education or compassion. The creature was constructed of human parts, brought to life, and given nothing else to enable him to live successfully in a world he did not understand. The creator was so horrified at what he’d done, that he ran away. Everything the creature learned he learned by observing mankind. What does that say about mankind?

vincentliow | Student

THanks to everyone for these quick responses! The post were very helpful :)

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