This took place on a day when the whole family was out working and only the aged and blinded father of Felix was at home, the monster entered the house and when he found Felix’s father he went in to a deep conversation with him and told him almost everything about himself and his need for friendship, love and kindness. “… I am an unfortunate and deserted creature; I look around and I have no relation or friend upon earth… I am now going to claim protection of some friends whom I sincerely love, and whose favour I have some hopes.
” The monster proceeds to tell his story to the old man, as, he kindly continues to listen, without revealing who his “friends” are. The old man finally asked the monster, “May I know the names and residence of those friends? ” this was when the monster became speechless and tried to make up his mind in whether to tell the old man the truth and risk his happiness or not, just then the whole family returned from the woods and came into the house.
Seeing the monster in her house Agatha, Felix’s wife, fainted while her daughter ran outside the cottage. However Felix, the man of the house came forward to “rescue” his father from the creature who was now holding his knees. “…. he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick. I could have torn him limb from limb… but my heart sank within me with bitter sickness… I quitted the cottage, and in general tumult escaped unperceived to my hovel.
” In other words the monster could have destroyed Felix along with the other cottagers at that moment but he felt too hurt and as he loved them too much in the past he let them be. Never the less this was one of the first incidents which broke the monsters heart and hurt him terribly. In fact this incident wounded the monster’s heart so badly that he regretted the fact that he was created, “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instance did I not extinguish the spark of existence you had so wantonly bestowed…
no longer restrained by the fear of discovery, I gave vent to my anguish in fearful howlings. ” This incident was also one of the very first things which provoked sense revenge in the monster, he wanted to take out his anger on something else, “all, save I, were at the rest or in enjoyment; I, like the archfiend, bore a hell with me, and finding myself unsympathized with, wished to tear up the trees, spread havoc and destruction around me, and then to have sat down and enjoyed the ruin. ”
After the incident in the forest, another followed which turned the monsters soft heart into hard rock. This incident took place just after the terrible encounter with the family, who lived, in the cottage. The monster was trying to recover himself from the memories of the people who lived in the cottage, when suddenly he saw a girl playing hide and seek with her father and as she was trying to hide from her father, she suddenly slipped and fell into the river, without hesitating the monster instantly jumped into the river to rescue the innocent girl.
The girl’s father however, thought that the monster was trying to kill or rape his daughter, to protect her he shot at the monster injuring it. This is another thing which turns the monster into selfish; he thinks what the worth is trying to protect innocent people when they will not only be unthankful, but brutal in return. This hardens his heart furthermore. This incident as well as the last, also makes the monster realize even more on how lonely it is this makes it very miserable and to overcome this, he seeks for revenge.
When the monster was living in the shed belonging to the people who lived in the cottage, he learnt to read and write, as mentioned before. When the monster finally did learnt to read it then discovered a note book in the pocket of the cloak it was still wearing which obviously belonged to Victor Frankenstein, as it read the book, the monster realized how it was created. This was the last straw for the monster; it now blamed Victor Frankenstein for all its misfortunes and planned for instant revenge.
As the monster traveled from one place to another in search for Frankenstein he finally reached “… the environs of Geneva… ” this was where Frankenstein originally lived. “It was evening when I arrived, and retired to a hiding-place among the fields … At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen… ” Seeing innocence of the child, the monster thought about the fact that “…
this little creature was unprejudiced and had lived too short a time to have imbibed a horror of deformity. ” Therefore the monster thought that if he took the child to a place far away and trained him to be companion towards it then maybe it won’t be as lonely. Thinking this the monster grabbed for the child ?? ?? ?? ?? Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section. Download this essay Print Save Not the one? Search fo