Munmun Masud

October 29th, 2010

The Creator of One’s Own Destruction: Victor Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein is an intelligent individual who becomes overwhelmed by his cowardice traits. If Victor mentally was a strong being, he would not allow himself to become the victim of his own creation: this is an aspect we have not yet encountered in any of our texts. We all can agree that Victor Frankenstein is the epitome of the clichéd term “the mad scientist” as he was able to construct a creature wholeheartedly with the use of chemicals and deceased body parts. However, we can also agree that Victor Frankenstein is a spineless creator as ultimately he is frightened by his own product. Therefore, representing a “new sort of” creator, Victor becomes the creator of his own destruction.

Both Robinson Crusoe and Victor are skillful and become experts within their field. Crusoe learns to adapt in a stranded island by creating necessities as well as luxuries for survival and Victor creates for the need to accomplish a never-ending desire—to discover the secret of life. Robinson “creates” for survival, and Victor unknowingly “creates” his impending doom. This life and death contrast is significant because it sheds light on Victor and his irrational morals; he constructs a monster, he becomes terrified and thus abandons his creation, he allows many deaths to occur, and finally, he dies himself.

We have not yet encountered a protagonist that vows to seek revenge on his own creation. Prospero did not seek vengeance on his magical abilities, he only utilized it to obtain an apology from the ones who did him wrong. Crusoe did not seek revenge on any of his productions because his art was limited to materialistic things, such as cultivation.

This “new sort of” creator that Victor embodies correlates with several non-humanistic qualities that allows him to be as selfish, secretive, and most of all, retaining detestation for the monster—the exact opposite of what his product longed for since “birth.” Typically, an invention or creation is assembled to make one’s or others’ life easy. In this case, this monster was created for only experimental purposes.

In regards to mechanical creations, the monster is not so different from a clock. He too was composed of “inanimate” materials and objects that come to life, similar to the hands of a clock that move repetitively in a circle. Time is something we cannot control, it will progress, whether we want it or not. The monster is similar to a clock because he was not under anyone’s control. Thus, the monster was able to progress. The chase between Victor and the monster can be seen as the chase between time and death. A clock is a utensil that records the time of death, and the monster was the utensil that recorded Victor’s time of death, simply because he was there.

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  1.    munmunmasud said,

    on October 30th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I have come across the following quote from Faulkner’s novel, The Sound and the Fury.

    “Because Father said clocks slay time. He said time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

    This quote corresponds with one of my arguments (last paragraph). When Faulkner writes, “clocks slay time,” it automatically reminded me of the monster. Indeed the monster killed—but not time, he killed people. Therefore, a clock just like Victor Frankenstein’s product does the deed of some form of killing. The statement, “only when the clock stops does time come to life,” corresponds with the monster’s actions as well. I would say the monster “comes to life” after Victor dies—Victor representing the clock. Therefore, once Victor (the clock) dies, the monster (time) “come to life.” The monster comes to “life” because he has finally realized his ruthless actions and the fact that his creator has passed. He understands that his misery will not end until his death and therefore, decides to die as well, just as his creator since it is the only opportunity for his spirit to “sleep in peace.”

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