Risk Of Frankenstein Making A Female Monster English Literature Essay

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The risk we talk about here is the risk Frankenstein could have taken by making the female monster. We can never tell whether the risk was worthy enough because we are not at Frankenstein's place. If I was in Frankenstein's place it would have been impossible for me to choose between the two ways. Either to make the female monster and have a 50% chance of killing all the humans on earth or to not to make the female monster and have a 100% chance of getting his family killed.

I believe that he should have taken the risk because he knew that the monster was not an ordinary human being so obviously his powers were much more of a human being and obviously if such a person would threat I would have taken it seriously. I think that Frankenstein should have taken the risk because the monster was not evil from the beginning. He did not open his eyes and went straight to kill the creator but the reason he killed and he became evil was because Victor did not take his responsibility. The monster grew up in the wild and learned and hunted from the beginning, he never got love so obviously even if some human being would not get love they will have a heart full of hatred. They would commit sins. It is just like a boy being grown under his parent's eye at home, where he gets food without hunting, he gets money without begging, he gets warm bed and blankets and he gets to learn manners and gets love from his parents. He does not have to hunt for anything, whereas a child who is left on the streets all alone never understands what motherly love is. He never learns that there is something called humanity and so ends up in bad habits like drugs and other crime. The monster was just like this ragged boy left all alone in the wild and even if it was a normal human being I think he would have thought of taking revenge on his parents. Even then the monster was ready to swear that he would never hurt a single human being, he won't even come near a human being then as Victor was the monster's creator, and he should not have misjudged him but instead believed him. If victor could not console him as his creature then this was the least thing he could do.

I think that the risk was worth the price. He could have taken the risk in believing his creature then letting him freely threaten him and in the end killing his whole family. Victor was aware of the fact that the monster did kill William, and because of William's death his cousin Justine died so he should have been aware that when the monster is giving a threat he would be serious and he would be capable of doing so as he did it before. I think he made a mistake not taking the risk of making the female monster because anyways, later Clerval and Elizabeth did get killed and then he ran after the monster to take the revenge, so if he would have created the monster and they would have killed someone, he could have still gone after both of them to take revenge.

Frankenstein also had already taken the risk of going against God and creating life out of nothing, he made a creature which was a living thing so basically he did not get punished by the creature but he was punished by God, that this is why he did not give powers to men to create their own beings. He kept the death and life of everything in his hands and when Victor went against God he was punished by God. He tried to cheat life and instead death cheated him. Just because he created one being his whole family was taken away from him.

I at one point after considering the subtitle also understand that the risk was not worthy enough to take after looking at the results. The subtitle is a Greek mythology in which the Titan Prometheus created humankind out of mud and water and then stole fire from the gods to give his creation and he was then punished by Zeus, he was chained to a rock where an eagle pecked out his liver. This shows how Titan Prometheus was tortured, just because he went against God he was put into misery the same way Victor Frankenstein was put into misery, not by the monster but by God. He was taken away from all his close family members and especially the only two people he loved, Clerval and Elizabeth.

Even in Walton's narration, he sends all his letters to his sister and talks about the risk he was taking by going on an adventure towards north. He has a really good will-power in the beginning but later when Victor is on his ship and when Victor tells the story about how he took the risk of challenging life and death, and creating the monster and later falling into misery, Walton backs out of his plans. When the other crew men ask him to go back towards south he agrees with them because he is scared that he might fail the same way Victor failed in life.

Quotes related to the text above:

"This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompence, I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound, which shattered the flesh and bone." (P. 96)

"The feelings of kindness and gentleness, which I had entertained but a few moments before, gave place to a hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind." (P. 96)

"I hazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph: clapping my hands, I exclaimed, 'I, too, can create desolation; my enemy is not impregnable; his death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him." (P. 97)

"Can you wonder that such thoughts transported me with rage? I only wonder that at that moment, instead of venting my sensations in exclamations and agony, I did not rush among the mankind, and perish in the attempt to destroy them." (P. 97)

"If you consent, neither you nor any other human being shall ever see us again: I will go to the vast wilds of South America. My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid, to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient and nourishment." (p. 99)

"The picture I present to you is peaceful and human, and you must feel that you could deny it only in the wantonness of power and cruelty. Pitiless as you have been towards me, I now see compassion in your eyes; let me seize the favorable moment, and persuade you to promise what I so ardently desire." (P. 99)

"I swear," he cried, "by the sun, and by the blue sky of heaven, that if you grant my prayer, while they exist you shall never behold me again." (P. 100)

"I was now about to form another being, of whose dispositions I was alike ignorant; she might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate, and delight, for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness." (P. 114)

"Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me? I, who irretrievably destroyed thee by destroying all thou lovedst. Alas! He is cold; he may not answer me." (P. 153)

This is the most important example; over here it shows that the being was not really a monster. Even when he committed so many crimes, in real he was a nice person. This quote above proves that if he would have been trained and consoled by Victor he would not have caused all that misery. Even when he looked so horrible he would have never even thought of committing all those murders.