To name a villain in “Frankenstein”, one would be so quick to point a finger at the monster. The monster was the one who carried out the killing of the innocent therefore, is he the ultimate villain of the story? Is the creation or the creator to blame? Victor Frankenstein’s obsession to create another creature blinds him of possible effects it may cause. He is to blame for the monsters desolation. After enduring rejection from the humans, the monster was left lonely and seeking revenge upon his creator. Victor’s plans of creating a creature were not selfless actions of expending human knowledge, but only for his own selfish glory.
He isolates himself from his family and friends for two years during which he “paid no visit to Geneva” (48), in pursue to accomplish what many scientists dreamed about. He wanted to have god like power to become a leader of a new race as he proclaimed “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. ” (52). Victor was in a hurry to complete his creation, “to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large.
” (52) Once the creature awakes, Victor’s reaction was “breathless horror and disgust” (55) at the monsters appearance and thus, abandons it. When he realized that the monster left his apartment, his reaction was “I couldn’t believe that so great a good fortune could have befallen me… I clapped my hands for joy” (59). At this point, Victor’s only concern is of his own, that the monster is gone and no longer has any obligation to it. He does not stop to think of the monsters well being, how will he survive in this new world or what might happened to other people that encounter him.
Victor was his creator, and if he would not take responsibility for its guidance who else would? It is like giving birth to a child, and leaving him to fend for himself. When Victor learns that Justine is blamed for Williams’s death, he doesn’t come forth to save her from false persecution. He makes excuses for his lack of action, “… a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me” (80). Victor portrays himself as a victim and talks of his suffering while others are enduring it.
Although, he realizes that he is at fault for the events that are taking place “… whether the result of my curiosity and lawless devices would cause the death of two of my fellow-beings… ” (80), he continues to make excuses on why he can’t stop them; even when he encounters the monster, he does not pursue him “I thought of pursuing the devil; but it would have been in vain” (75). He doesn’t even attempt to talk to anyone as if he wished death upon Justine. His selfish motives to keep Elizabeth’s love all to himself were a reason of his unwillingness to help Justine, hence Elizabeth was his “a possession of my own” (31).
Once Victor and the monster reunite, the monster attempts to reason with Victor and explain the incentive behind his actions. The monster was all alone, abandoned by his “father”, the creator, and had to care for himself. The monster was nothing but, “a poor, helpless, miserable wretch” (101). To fulfill his hunger he ate berries and acorns. People the monster encountered, at the first sight of him took off, passed out, and some attacked him with stones and firearms. He learned to speak and the human ways from the family he spied on, he called them his “protectors” (137), in hopes they would accept him once he learns to communicate.