A Monstrous Transformation
Victor and his creation are both monsters in the novel Frankenstein
Since Victor himself created the monster, some would say that “it takes one to
Victor looks human on the outside, but he possesses monster-like qualities
in his personality.
This is the exact opposite from what his creation is like.
that Victor created was initially human-like in nature, but made looking like a monster.
Victor’s ambition, secrecy, and selfishness estrange him from human society, and show
how he is in fact a monster.
Victor would rather stay home and perform experiments, instead of going out with
friends and/or family.
“The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine” (18).
ambition and thirst for knowledge are the main priorities in his life.
While Victor is in
college, he begins to write less and less to his family.
They become worried about him
because he does not contact them as often as expected.
“Two years passed in this
manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the
pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped to make” (29).
He lived away from his home
in Geneva for long periods of time.
Victor was more interested in his experiments than
he was in visiting his family.
At times, during his experiments, he had little human contact.
and summer passed away during my labors; but I did not watch the blossom or the
expanding leaves–sights which before always yielded me supreme delight–so deeply
engrossed in my occupation” (34).
Since he was inside all the time Victor felt that he
barely noticed the seasons change.
He chose instead to shut himself up inside his
In these ways, Victor alienates himself from society and becomes
Throughout the novel, Victor keeps his experiments to himself and does not
employ anyone else to help him with them.
He even makes excuses, and lies to his
own family and friends in order to keep his experiments secret.
“I dreaded to behold
this monster; but I feared still more that Henry should see him” (38).
Shortly after he
has created the monster, Victor panics when he realizes that he must make sure that
Henry does not see him when he comes to visit.
He panics because he does not want
to have to explain the creature to Henry.
He also does not share any of his acquired
knowledge with the outside world–but would rather keep it secret.
He even refers to the
human skeleton as holding secrets.
“I collected bones from charnel-houses and
disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame” (33).
truly fascinated with the natural sciences.
However, it is definitely not normal for a
person to be taking bones from places where dead bodies are stored.