She moves on to her description of the creature Frankenstein is creating using phrases such as ‘His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries’, creating a horrific image in the mind’s eye of a hideous creature which she builds up by saying ‘these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, … his shriveled complexion, his straight black lips’ making us hate this creature and see it as a monster. Apart from this scene, the horror in the book is kept to a minimum, mainly we see Victor’s madness and his fear over his situation.
When we are told Victor’s early story through Walton and see only the devastation that the creature has caused we believe him to be evil and hate him, though when Victor meets the creature and starts to tell us his story, we see how there is another side to the story. This brings out many themes of the book, as we begin to see that Frankenstein’s creature turned against the world only as he was first turned on by the world. He was seen as disgusting and thrown out of society.
The only person to see him for who he truly was, not on the outside, but as a person, was the blind man who could not see the outer shell and therefore knew his character before he judged him. The creature’s experience with the family in the wood, and as he sees the love shared by them that he feels a warmth for humankind. The family are also a model of how a family should work, they are in touch with nature, work with the forest, and believe the creature to be a ‘good spirit’.
We are shown through this the idea that if you show someone love then they will respond in that way, whereas after he is rejected by the family and they move away, the creature turns on the world, so we are also shown the reverse is true. When he meets Frankenstein he asks for one last chance to make his peace with the world, for Victor to make him a female companion of his own kind. At first Victor refuses, but after being told that the creature will create more misery if he does not comply, eventually agrees. This shows how all the creature wanted was to be shown affection.
But alone, he would never be happy. This also ties in with the how he sees his relationship between him and Victor, his creator. Essentially, for mankind this would be God. Abandoned by his creator, he was adrift and unhappy, and yearned for acceptance. Maybe Shelley thought that society had strayed too far from religion and would never be happy until they realigned with God. Another constant theme is that of nature, and respecting nature. Victor, who steps away from the natural course of things by creating an inhuman creature in what is definitely not the natural way, is driven mad by what he has done.
It is only when he returns to an area of spectacular natural beauty, and is in a sense, at one with nature, that he begins to have some peace of mind. He speaks of the ‘glorious presence chamber of imperial nature’ and tells the reader how ‘these sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation… they elevated me from all littleness of feeling’. We see that in the middle of all the turmoil of his life he can at least find peace with nature. Even he, who has strayed from nature and God can be comforted by how insignificant he is in the face of nature.
The book asks big questions, such as do we have a connection or a soul, to something beyond the physical? Likewise, Shelley tries to show the reader the dangers of obsession. Through the parallel characters Walton and Victor we see how monomania, or obsession with one thing, can drive everyone around you away. In the case of Victor, who works night and day on something that in the end destroys him and on the way 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.