The Destitution of Sanity
In the ominous novel of Frankenstein one is taken through a myriad of emotions regarding the status of the victim. Dr Frankenstein, having suffered immense trauma and despair from the death of his beloved? His creation, being irrevocably driven away from any form of happiness, thus becoming fraught with misery? Compassion is provoked in the reader for both characters, but the question is: who is the true victim?
Dr. Frankenstein begins his journey into the destitution of sanity through his first choice of leaving the comforts of his home in pursuit for the secrets of humanity. Venturing into this task he spends a great amount of time in the study of Natural Philosophy and through this he comes to believe he had found the “elixir of life”. Thenceforth, being in the possession of such power, his greed provokes him to test it’s validity. During the procedure of experimenting with this power he then gradually sacrifices his sanity for the satisfaction of his greed. Despite such, he succeeds in creating a distorted version of a man: a monster. The destitution of both his goodness and sanity is then personified in this monster and guilt becomes a precedent mindset in his life. Through this he comes to a realization of the transitory satisfaction of greed, which leads to much regret. Thereafter his suffering and torture begins as he watched what he created destroy the only segments of joy in his life. The augmentation of this pain then only comes to a cease whence he becomes deceased.
The distorted man, the monster, begins his journey into destitution through the countless rejections he faces. In the exploration of the world he was brought into, without choice, he chooses to be benevolent and virtuous, which develops a passion and desire to interact with the world. However, though his actions are pure, his physique betrays him and send the world fleeing from his sight. This then drives him to the confinements of misery and diffidence, which ultimately creates a thirst for vengeance toward his creator. In that, he seeks out to satisfy this thirst by inflicting incomprehensible pain on his creator, but wretched with guilt he realizes that this satisfaction can never be acquired. In this instance, upon the death of his creator, he takes to the refuge of glaciers and mountains.
Although compassion can be found in both characters, Dr. Frankenstein’s misfortunes were followed by his choice of allowing his greed to consume him Whilst the monster who was “drivest from joy for no misdeed” had suffered because of the choices that Dr. Frankenstein had made. Therefore, through the evidence that Dr. Frankenstein’s unquenchable greed was the orchestrator of the events that followed in the novel, one can conclude that the true victim in this tale is the distorted man: the monster.
Written by: Ashleigh Koehn