physically in order to accomplish his goal of reanimating a corpse. This ruthless approach leads Victor to have health problems both mentally and physically, which further isolates him from others, and continues his insanity and experiments without regard to anything but his creation. Victor also knowingly has little contact with his family, and does this on purpose in order to further his isolation. Victor himself becomes like his eventual creation becomes of his ambition, secrecy, and extreme selfishness separates Victor from society. This intentional isolation is the start of the battle of good versus evil regarding Victor’s own mental battle. Victor constantly disgusted himself and loathed his work, but his determination and imagination drove him deeper into his own insanity and experiments. During the entire process of creating his monster, Victor is surprisingly unaware of the moral
Dick 3 implications involved in his experiments. When Victor finally finished his experiment and became disgusted by his creation, he abandoned it; this is the start of the physical battle between good and evil. Victor fails to consider the repercussions of leaving his monster immediately after he creates it. As David Soyka points out, Victor is viewed as a sort of creator, or God for creating life, but “Victor is, however, a considerably flawed creator whose irresponsibility and short sightedness produce a creature who can’t help but become evil” (Soyka 166). Soyka also points out that Victor is more of a modernized representation of Prometheus. He is an unthinking creator who intentionally refuses to take responsibility for his creation, in doing so, helps to drive his monster towards the evil he becomes. The entire source of evil in the novel is rooted in the concept of creation, which in turn is rooted in knowledge. Victor refuses to tell anyone about his creation and this causes Victor to show the dark side of the attainment of knowledge. When Victor learns of his younger brother William’s death, he is certain his creation is to blame, even though Justine is blamed for the murder. This is the first time we see the monster has an aptitude for evil. The monster does however show his reasonable side by making a bargain with Victor to leave the human world if Victor will only make him a companion. Victor at first accepts, but later on, goes back on the deal. Victor goes back on the deal because he now sees himself as Satan, rather than God. This insight comes extremely late to Victor; however, Victor does destroys his new creation before it is completed for fear of creating a plague of monsters. This is very careless on Victor’s part, but it does show him trying to be good instead of continuing the dark path he previously embarked on.
Dick 4 Shelley continues by using the symbolic archetype of dark versus light to contrast Victor and his creation. In the novel, light represents knowledge, renewal, and hope,
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