Who Is Truly Evil, Frankenstein Or His Monster?

In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, Evil is a very important concept. Evil in the book is usually stems from  one of two characters, Frankenstein or his monster. The question is, who is truly responsible for this evil? For example, the murder of Frankenstein’s brother is certainly an act of evil. It is established that the monster killed William, but is he really responsible for his actions? I would say that while the monster did strangle young William, he is not truly responsible for the act of evil he committed. Frankenstein, at least in my view, is truly responsible. First of all, he created the monster, and second of all, Frankenstein instead of embracing and accepting his own creation, ran away disgusted from his creation, making a monster instead of a being.  Also, Frankenstein is directly responsible for the death of Justine because he didn’t reveal the identity of the actual murderer (even though he knew the monster was the killer)  and let Justine die so that he didn’t have to tell his family about his own wrongdoings. Frankenstein, not his monster is responsible for the evil in this book since he created a monster (from what could of been a peaceful being) and cares more about being viewed as capable of no wrong than the life of another human being. Not only did he set the monster along an evil track, Frankenstein allowed the death of his young brother to go avenged in a court of law and let someone else, an innocent, take the blame and the punishment for his own creation, and by extension, himself.

“Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember, that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed” (Shelly 97).

~Frankenstein’s Monster


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  1. Ah! A catalyst and a blog post…two assignments with one stone. Think about the differences between the Monster and Satan, the fallen angel when we read “Paradise Lost”.
    RUBRIC: some new information on the topic and reflection; attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized and written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; words chosen mostly reflect author’s personality and brings content to life for the most part; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    few errors; some formatting to help make the post easier to read; multimedia (however incorrect) perspective to post; Not categorized or tagged


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