In the book Frankenstein, Mary Shelly created a creature whohas no name throughout the whole book. However, he made his marks by murderingFrankenstein’s wife and his younger brother, which affected his image by hidinghis true nature and personality. In fact, although the monster behavesviciously and becomes a serial killer, he is not inherently evil.The monster, from the moment of his birth, can be seen as aproduct of Victor Frankenstein.
First of all, the construction of the monsteris based on different body parts that are collected by Victor Frankenstein.Then victor brings him to life by the amount of studying and experiments.However, later on, he was rejected by Frankenstein because of his ugly andscary appearance. Besides, the monster is confused and disappointed that hiscreator abandoned him the moment he meets the world, which proves that themonster has strong emotional responses as a normal person does. And thosenegative emotional responses were mainly caused by the unfair treatment hesuffers from his creator and the world he lives in. The monster is a lostinnocent in the world where everyone judges him on his look. He is curiousabout the world at first and wanders in the woods alone trying to survive andlearn skills, then he discovers food and begins to live like normal person byseeking shelters from the village and making fire by himself. In the end, headapts the living habits that are the same as others.
The monster is notinherently evil not only because he is a product of Frankenstein who developshuman habits, but also because of what he experiences and suffers from thesociety. After the monster gets rejected by Frankenstein, he gets rejectedagain by people he respects. In the village, he brings dry woods to the familynear his shelter, and he learns English from them, and as Felix sees himtalking to de Lacey, he begins to judge him by his ugly face rather than hiskind heart. All these judgments based on his appearance compellingly isolatesthe monster from the society.
The monster understands that he is repulsive tohumans, and he hides in the forest, away from people because he realizes he looksugly and scary. The benevolent nature of the monster is completely ignored bythese people, such as the admiration towards de Lacey family and he evendevelops sympathy for de Lacey family which pushes him to help themanonymously. Besides, the monster also appreciates the music and understandsthe emotional within it, which ends up encouraging him to communicate with thefather of the family because he seeks companionship and wants to live like anormal person.
After being attacked by Felix, the monster experiences sadnessinstead of anger, and he burns down the cottage after de Laceys move out as hisfirst violent act in response to their rejection. Furthermore, the monstertries to save a drowning but gets attacked by the girl’s father who is anotherrejection in the society that destroys the monster’s respect to humans.Along with what the monster suffers from the society, themonster’s relationship with Frankenstein makes him not inherently evil. Aboveall, there is the rejection and abandonment by his “father” Frankenstein inthis one-sided relationship, but the monster discovers identity of his creator,and he tells Frankenstein about his true rage from his terrible experience withhumans, and he asks for a female companion to live the rest of his life withouthurting anyone. The monster’s last hope is destroyed when Frankenstein breakshis promise, which leads to the monster’s killing spree. Finally, the monsterachieved his goal to make Frankenstein as miserable as he is by killing hisloved ones which makes Frankenstein feel guilty and responsible for theirdeaths.In conclusion, the monster’s true nature and desires arecomparable to human’s nature and desires which are love and acceptance bysociety, a companionship, an end to his isolation and a strong desire for adeath when he has nothing to lose because he understands he can never findpeace and get accepted in this society.