Franken-senseless and Myrrhder
There are many characteristics that make a person beautiful, from having a kind heart to being honest, respectful, and generous. Although as a society, we tend to think of beauty only as what we find aesthetically pleasing to us, instead of looking beyond a person’s exterior. In Marry Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, this is most certainly the case when it comes to Victor. Victor has a great tendency to overlook any sort of inner beauty in anyone, from his college professors to that which he had created. Ultimately, it is Victor’s inability to look any deeper than ones skin and his shallow perception of what is beautiful that leads him and so many of his loved ones to their death.
We first get a sense of Victor’s superficiality on his first day of college classes. While going around introducing himself to his professors he encounters one named M. Krempe and instantaneously victor begins to let this man’s stature and physical appearance dictate his opinion of him and his level of respect for him. After first seeing M. Krempe Victor describes him as “an uncouth” “little squat man, with a gruff voice”.(41) Because of this, Victor is quick to disregard M. Kempe when he tells Victor that the material he had previously spent his time studying was “nonsense” and then gives Victor a new list of books to read. Had victor not been so quick to dismiss this list of material and had he instead read some of the text recommended by M. Kempe it is possible that victor would have found fascination in a new area of science. Had this been the case Victor, arguably, may not have taken his experimentation in the direction he did and, therefore, would not have created “the monster”. But alas, Victor decides to skip M. Krempe’s lectures altogether and instead turns to another professor, M. Waldman, in hopes of gaining the knowledge he came to college seeking, simply because he finds M. Waldman more visually appealing. It is M. Waldman who later turns Victor onto chemistry and it is through the use of chemistry that Victor is able to discover the secret to life and how to “bestow animation among lifeless matter”. Therefore when Victor decides to choose M. Waldmen as his mentor instead of M. Krempe, basing his decision solely on their appearance, he is sealing his fate of creating “the monster” and consequently William, Justine, Elizabeth, and Henry’s Deaths. One of Victor’s most notable acts of shallowness occurs when he first sees “the monster” come to life. After “the monsters” yellow eyes open and he gains control of his limbs Victor’s almost immediate response is to run out of the room, due to “the monster’s” sheer hideousness, and hide in his bed. When “the monster” later awakes Victor, and flings open his bed curtain, Victor again begins to run. He is unable to find any joy in the success of his experiment simply because he finds the monster unbearable to look at, and so he abandons him. For over a year “the monster” is left in nature to fend for himself, and it’s during this time that he begins to observe a family living in a small cottage. After seeing the joy this family brings each other and the love they have for one and other “the monster” begins to wonder “where are my friends?” and “why no father had watched my infant days?”(108) It is now that “the monster” begins to grieve for his lack of companionship and support and he screams “Accursed Creator! Why did you create a monster that even you turn from me in disgust?” Then, due to Victor’s shallowness lack of sympathy towards him, “the monster” curses him and swears his revenge. Seeking retribution “the monster” heads to Victor’s home town of Geneva and it is here that he has his encounter with William. This encounter ends in Williams’s murder which once committing “the monster” plants one of William’s valuable possessions in Justine’s dress, getting her convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. Victor is responsible for both these deaths because...
Cited: Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2003. Print
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