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Is one born to kill? In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature, known by no true name, is brought to life by the protagonist of the story, Victor Frankenstein. Upon seeing what he has created, Frankenstein flees, leaving the creature to fend for himself. While trying to survive, the creation endeavors to make friends, but his attempts are only met with violence. Since the creature is shunned by society, and he is refused any sort of happiness, the creature is the true victim of the novel.The creature has no intent of violence until it is shown to him by the human race. After being thrown into the world with no idea what to do, the creation naturally looks for a shelter. The small shack that he claims as his temporary home is connected to a cottage inhabited by the DeLaceys. The creature spends years residing next to the cottagers without their knowledge and becomes fond of their kindness to each other. After a failed attempt of contacting the family, the creation exclaims, “My feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks of misery” (136). The creation states how he could obliterate the cottage and the family he had grown to love with his superhuman abilities and feel glory in their screams of death, but he never says he wants to. In fact, when the creature eventually does burn the cottage, he does it to rid himself of that horrible feeling of revenge, and he checks to make sure that no one is inside. He makes sure that no living creature is injured. The creature would have never wanted to set flame to the cottage if this previously unknown emotion had never been introduced to him by the cottagers when they caught sight of him. If the cottagers had never shown that rage to the creature, then the creature would never have demonstrated it back. After the epidemic with the cottagers, the creation wanders through the woods to locate another place to call home. The songs of nature lead the creature back to his early months, where happiness and curiosity overwhelmed his senses. He is caught in his own joyful world as he approaches a river where a young girl is playing. Suddenly, the poor girl slips into the dangerous rushing waters of the river, but before she can be dragged away, “The creation rushed from his hiding place and with extreme labour, from the force of the current, saved her and dragged her to the shore… the man aimed a gun, which he carried at the creation’s body and fired” (142). Having seen a living creature in danger of death, the creation instinctively runs to help. While trying to resuscitate the girl, a man encounters him. Upon encountering an unconscious girl being handled by a monstrously deformed being, the man defends the girl by shooting the creation. Be that as it may, the creature is just trying to help and his kindness is repaid with violence. Since he is given response to his actions, this only more enraged and his hatred towards the human race grows stronger. The behavior that inevitably comes in response to the creature’s kindness has influenced him greatly, showing him a violence he never knew, which he calls upon when deprived of his desires.Since he is refused all pleasures for the whole of his existence, the creation cannot help but rebel. The creation, because of his life without joy, is forced to threaten his creator into constructing a female of the same deformities. Victor begrudgingly undertakes the task, but after many months of concentrated labor recognizes the destructive potential of two creations plus their children, and annihilates the unfinished body of the female. Enraged, the creation roars, “Shall each man… find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn” (173). Upon the butchering of his greatest wish, the creation shatters, asking any being who can hear why he should be forbidden love. All creatures are born with a God-given right to love, but God is not the creator of this creature, so, therefore, God could not bless the creation with this right; a right which only a creator can give. Even though Victor knows what it is like to lose a loved one, he demolishes the creation’s one chance of love right in front of the poor beast. The creature has the same reaction as his creator in seeing this destruction, hence the saying, like father like son. After Frankenstein quits the creation of the creature’s mate, the creature turns Victor’s life into a living hell by showing him what it is like to lose one’s only hope of love by killing off all of Victor’s remaining loved ones. In a rage, Frankenstein chases the creation into the Arctic, where the cold becomes too excessive for survival. He perishes on the ship of Robert Walton, who had tried to nurse Victor back to health. Walton eventually finds the creation weeping over his father’s body, and while being scorned for his foul deeds, the creation interrupts, “Once, I falsely hoped to meet with beings who, pardoning my outward form, would love me for the excellent qualities which I was capable of unfolding” (230). Relating back to his first years of life, the creation gently expresses his now-dead dream of loving companions who would not judge him by his appearance. Later, the creation states how he hated exterminating the people who his father cherished, but he felt like he had to. Eventually, while on his killing spree, the creature was consumed by an unnatural rage which kept him going, no matter the consequences.

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