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The Theme Of Frankenstein: Revenge

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Autor:  anton  24 March 2011
Tags:  Frankenstein,  Revenge
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The major theme in Frankenstein is revenge. Both Victor and the monster feel revenge throughout the novel. The monster feels revenge on both Victor and every other human in the world. Victor desperately seeks revenge on his gruesome creation, the monster, which ultimately destroyed every bit of happiness he once possessed.

The monster will stop at nothing to get revenge on Victor, his creator. He feels that it is Victor’s fault that he is lonely, detested, and abhorred by every living creature. He is convinced that Victor is the reason for his loneliness, and wonders why he was ever created. “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?” pg 124. It is this anguish that the monster feels that compels him to seek revenge on Victor, and destroy his life. “…despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge,” pg 124. The monster doesn’t feel sad or self pity about his situation yet; he is overcome with anger and vengeance toward Victor, whose life he will soon completely destroy.

Much of the monsters feelings of revenge develop from the feeling he has about himself. He tries to reveal his compassionate side on several occasions, such as saving the drowning girl from the river and trying to befriend De Lacey. However, when both of these attempts at proving himself to be more than his outward appearance are grossly misinterpreted, he becomes angry and violent. He knows that no one will ever see any good in him, and the thought of never having a compassionate companion to befriend tears him apart. “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on,” pg 209. He feels so strongly shunned and disliked, that his sad feelings transform into those of anger and revenge.

Victor’s quest for revenge was strengthened by the despair he felt he had created ultimately created for himself. His creation, his monster, was the source of the destruction of his life. In the beginning of the story, he lived in fear of what the monster would do next, and who would be his next victim. However, as the story progressed Victor’s feelings of fear and regret transformed into rage and vengeance. Upon his father’s death, after he has lost everything dear to him, Victor swears to dedicate his life to seeking revenge on the beast that has ruined him. “I was possessed by a maddening rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreak a great and signal revenge on his cursed head,” pg 186. This rage and thirst for revenge is what ultimately leads Victor to Walton and his ship, where he tells of his tragic and epic journey.

The theme of revenge is the driving force of the novel. Both the monster and Victor experience incredible fits of rage, and an insatiable desire for revenge on one another. The monsters feelings of vengeances are fueled not only by Victor, but by the way he is treated unjustly but other human beings. Revenge is not only what killed Victor’s family, but is also what killed both Victor and the monster in the end.

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