In "Frankenstein," whose crimes are greater, Victor's or the monster's? Pick one and explain your answer. actually it must be a persuasive essay with a thesis statement at the heading and...

In "Frankenstein," whose crimes are greater, Victor's or the monster's? Pick one and explain your answer.

actually it must be a persuasive essay with a thesis statement at the heading and a conclusion at the end. Also try to add the direct qoutations from the text and tag the page numbers with it.

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 I think Victor Frankenstein's crimes are greater.  He became obsessed with the idea of creating life after his mother's death, which devastated him. He worked hard for a long time until his creation was complete, but the first signs of life in the monster's corpse terrified him and he decided to destroy it. The creature, however, escaped from Frankenstein's laboratory and swore revenge and eternal war to his creator and all mankind.

In my opinion, Frankenstein's creation should not be considered as a monster, even though Shelley does not give it a name. Although the creature expresses monstrosity in many ways, its humane characteristics must not be disregarded. I also believe that the creature's monstrous behaviour wasn't entirely Frankenstein's responsibility, as inappropriate behaviour and prejudice from other characters as well as Frankenstein left it with no other choice. There are many reasons in favour of my argument, which will be presented in this essay.

I believe that a monster is not recognised and defined solely by its physical appearance. That is why I believe that Frankenstein's creation is not the true monster in this novel, although it expresses numerous signs of monstrosity at different stages throughout the story. In my opinion the creature's humane characteristics not only outnumber its acts of monstrosity, but should also be greatly recognised by every reader. Victor Frankenstein is the true monster.

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