Frankenstein – The Question of Morality in the Novel
Morality. It has been questioned by people, honored by people
and revered since the beginning of time. Yet even today not one
person can say what is morally right. It is a matter of opinion. It
was Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s opinion that it was alright to create a
“monster”. Frankenstein’s creation needed a companion. Knowing that
his first creation was evil should the doctor make a second? With the
knowledge at hand, to Dr. Frankenstein, it is not at all morally
correct to bring another monster into the world.

Looking at this probelm with his family in mind, the doctor
begins his work on the second monster. The first monster threatened
Frankenstein and even his family. The monster angrily said to
Frankenstein, “I can make you so wretched.” (pg. 162) Trying to scare
Frankenstein for not creating his mate the monster resorted to
threats. If the good doctor does create a companion for his first
creation he may be endangering others. “The miserable monster whom I
had created,” (pg.152) says Victor upon looking back at his work. If
there is another monster there will be twice the power and possibly
twice the evil, which could hurt or kill his family. When and if
Frankenstein commits the moral sin of creating another monster he may
be rid of both monsters forever. “With the companion you bestow I
will quit the neighbourhood of man,”(pg 142) promises the morally
corrupt monster to the doctor upon the completion of his partner.
When the doctor, if and when he, finished his first creation’s mate
there is a chance that the monsters will not keep their promise and
stay in Europe envoking fear into townfolk.

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The good doctor, trying to act morally, destroys the monster
for the good of the world. The monsters can potentially take over
whatever they please. “A race of devils would be propegated,”(pg.
163) thinks Frankenstein to himself in his study. The monsters, if
powerful enough, could possibly take over Europe. Frankenstein
realizes that he can not possibly doom the world to benefit himself.
“Shall I, in coold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon..”(pg.
162) argues Frankenstein with his creation. It is not morally right
for one person to unleash such a terror on the world to benefit only
himself and his family.Frankenstein will not let any example
change his mind on the point that the monster is and will always be
morally corupt. Continuing on his point that the monster was too evil
to duplicate, Frankenstein says, “Your threats cannot move me to do an
act of wickedness; but they confirm me in determination of not
creating you a companion in vice.”( pg. 163)Frankenstein will not
sacrifice his morallity because of persuation from a monster.
Although beholding the threat of death and misery Frankenstein held
his ground and did not sacrifice his moral.

When and if Frankenstein creates another monster he can not
feel as if he has done the morally right thing. From creating the
monster Frankenstein will some how be making people other than himself
unhappy. ” I consent to your demand, on your solem oath to quite
Europe forever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of
man,”(pg. 143) says Frankenstein as he sees the power that the two
could possibly possess. The good doctor sees that with his own hands
he could possibly scar the world forever. The doctor wants, if
anyone, himself to be unhappy instead of all of man kind. “Begone! I
do break my promise,” (pg. 162) states the doctor angrily. Not
thinking about himself but the world unselfishly breaks his promise to
the monster. Possessing such a great mind the doctor is able to
realize that a greater evil will be realesed upon the earth then upon
himself. “Your threats cannot move me to do an act of
wickedness,”(pg. 162) says the doctor as he argues his point with his
creation. The doctor sees that a greater and more horrible result can
come from him making the second monster than not.

With the knowledge at hand, to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not at
all morally correct to bring another monster into the world. On the
one hand if the second monster was created Frankenstein’s family would
be saved. By the same token the rest of the world could be forced to
bow before two hideous monsters. The problem, making or not making
the second monster, played heavily on Frankenstein’s mind, possibly
caused his brief lapse into the realm of the insane.Even though
Frankenstein began his work for the good of man his experiment ended
up hurting himself and his family.


Frankenstein The character named Victor in the book Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly, is a likable figure. His demeanor on the whole was very pleasant as he grew from a boy into an adult. Victors passion for the sciences is very strong, and had stayed studious in his youth. Victors mother died when he was age 17, and that is when he decides that he will discover a way to rid the world of sickness and death, so people could stay with each other forever. Victor went on to medical school, and after many intense years of research and study Victor gathers enough parts from cadavers to begin creating life which he believes will be much better than our existence. Victor is a likable character because his intentions are good, all he wanted to do was conquer death and illnesses.

This idea by it self comes from a man that is caring and doesnt want anybody to go through what he went through and also to keep himself from going through the same ordeal again. Victor finally creates life in the form of a man, with many parts sewn together it has made his creation hideous. Victor, not believing he had done this deed became frightened and ran away from the monster. The monster is automatically shunned by his maker who made judgment by relating ugliness with evil. Later on Victors brother William is found strangled and the accused is a girl who had grown up with Victor. Victor knows immediately that she didnt do this, but Victor was not able to help her because she is immediately lynched and hanged by the people.

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Victor decides he would prefer to live in the solitude of nature where he meets with the monster that he thinks has been dead for the last two years. The monster has learned how to speak, read, and write, The monster had learned of his creation from a diary Victor had kept and the monster had found it in an old coat. He told Victor that he had lived in a shack and observed the family and that is how he learned spee! ch, reading, and writing. He also told Victor that he killed Victors brother. Victor has almost fully realized the consequences of his creation it was not the monster who had killed his brother, or the people who had killed the girl, but it was his own doing through his actions.

At this point the monster is not a very likable character, the author has already made the monster ugly and a killer. The monster kills every one close to Victor, even his bride. It seems what started out in innocence is now very corrupt and evil. The likable characters in this book didnt have any deformities, or flaws, they were made caring and good. Society expects anything that is beautiful to be good.

In this novel the requirements for being likable is to have money, friendship, and beauty. The monster is already unlikable for the fact that he doesnt have any of these attributes, and with the killing added to the lack of good attributes makes him that much more unlikable. I think that in todays society that we are much more caring and sensitive to the needs of the crippled and deformed, but there are still hesitant feelings towards them by some people, but not to the extent of the monster. Society respects the handicapped and accepts them in todays world. Im sure the story would have been different if Victor had been the monsters mentor from the very beginning.


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