It is clear from this story that Frankenstein is playing God, by trying to create new life from material. He does not realise the consequences of this until it is too late. When he is first creating life he is very excited about it, continuing despite being ill, but by the end of the story he reacts very violently to Walton when he asks him about how he gave life to the monster, saying ‘Are you mad my friend?’ and ‘learn my miseries and do not seek to increase your own’. The overall moral of this story is that you should think about the consequences before you do something, because it may come back to get you.
Frankenstein is very ambitious when it comes to creating new life, so much so that he gets obsessed with this and does not think about the repercussions, because he so into what he is doing. Frankenstein is not the only person who is obsessed. Walton also seems obsessed with reaching the North Pole, because even when he is stuck in the ice he wants to keep going north, and in the end it is the crew that threaten a mutiny if he does not accept their offer. In either of these cases, obsession is not good because it compromises other things like the lives of the crew or what the monster may do, but because these people are obsessed then they are focused to only one goal, and not realising the things that may happen from what they are doing.
All the time Frankenstein takes responsibility for what the monster has done, but it is not until it is too late that he actually tries to take action. He always blames himself for what has happened, but he also forgets about it soon after and goes on to do other things, ignoring what has happened in the past and getting on with other things. It is not until near the end where Frankenstein is in the graveyard that he actually takes action by chasing the monster, but by then it is too late because all the people closest to him are dead. The message is that you should take responsibility for your actions before it is too late.
All three main characters in this story are all outsiders, all for separate reasons. The main one being the monster, because he has been cast out by society because of the way he looks and he does not fit in with the world. Frankenstein is some way like when he was in Ireland, and he was cast out because people thought he was a murderer. Walton is in some respects because of the way he went to the North Pole with no-one he knew, and he is not very friendly with his crew. The consequences for the monster were that he was treated very cruelly by the people he encountered and then went on not to trust humans. Frankenstein’s consequences were that he never told anyone about the monster he made so that he had to try and stop it on his own. Walton’s consequences were that he was almost killed because he tried to go to the North Pole on his own, with only a couple of people who he barely knew as company.
Prejudice, judging and discrimination all play a part in this story. Throughout the story the monster is attacked or ran away from, because he looks different. People do this because he looks hideous, but if they got to know him they would know he has a kind heart and does not wish anyone harm, but these people have given him a label that he does not deserve. The only person not who have judged him was the old man who lived on the farm, and that is because he is blind. That is how sad it is that the monster can only be friends with people who cannot see him. This side of story gives the message that someone may look bad on the outside, but that does not necessarily mean that they are bad on the inside.
Upbringing and parenthood are also a major role in the story. Frankenstein says that he had a very happy life when he was a child, and although he doesn’t say this it appears he was rather spoilt. The monster, however, was the extreme opposite of this. He came into the world with no understandings around him, and having to learn everything around him that’s usually taught to the child by its parents, but in the monsters case he had none. This is the first reason why the monster feels angry towards Frankenstein. This shows what difference a good upbringing and a bad upbringing can lead to.
A main part of the monster’s life is acting upon revenge towards Frankenstein. The monster’s first act of revenge was to kill Frankenstein’s younger brother, William. Then all he wanted was for Frankenstein to make him a new monster for him to be with, then he would not bare grudges against him. Frankenstein. However, has other plans, and near the end decides to destroy the body of the second monster. So in a way, Frankenstein ultimately brings on the deaths of Clerval, Elizabeth and his father onto himself. He could have just built the second monster and let them get on with their lives, but decides not to do it, despite knowing what the monster is capable of doing. The monster killing people may make him appear ‘evil’, but he is only doing what he thinks is equal to the pain given to him by Frankenstein. The message of this is that if you know something bad is going to happen from the consequences of what you do then don’t do it.
This story has many morals in it, from the not playing God to being a good parent, but overall displays its points well and gets the message through well. Although I found it to be a bit boring, it shows many good points about life and what to do and what not to do in it.