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A Desire for Conformity
???It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be.??? ??“Homer. Victor was not blameless in Mary Shelley??™s masterpiece, Frankenstein. His creation, the monster was the result of his endless desire for scientific knowledge. Victor rejected his creation, and as a result the monster murdered the people closest to Victor as an act of revenge, so Victor could feel the loneliness the monster had always felt. Victor did not expect know what to expect when he created the monster, but did not expect evil. The blame should is then divided among both for the different choices they made. So as the novel continued Victor and his creation became more and more similar. The similarities are developed through their relationship with nature, desire for family, and in their desire for revenge.
Nature was an escape for both the monster and Victor throughout the novel. ???When happy, inanimate nature had the power of bestowing on me the most delightful sensations. A serene sky and verdant fields filled me with ecstasy. The present season was indeed divine; the flowers of spring bloomed in the hedges, while those of summer were already in bud. I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavors to throw them off, with an invincible burden.??? Victor is explaining how much he not only enjoys nature but how it freed him. It allowed his horrible thoughts of his creation to almost vanish, and since this was right after he had created the monster it also in a sense healed him. Nature was Victor??™s ???savior??? from the negativity and illness of what he had done, an escape. ???The abrupt sides of vast mountains were before me; the icy wall of the glacier overhung me; a few shattered pines were scattered around; and the solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature was broken only by the brawling waves or the fall of some vast fragment, the thunder sound of the avalanche or the cracking, reverberated along the mountains??¦These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving. They elevated me from all littleness of feeling, and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquillized it. In some degree, also, they diverted my mind from the thoughts over which it had brooded for the last month.??? Again this quote show how healing and positive of an effect nature had on Victor, he freed him and was the only place he could go to feel safe and free from the harsh world
The monster shared these feelings about nature. ???Spring advanced rapidly; the weather became fine and the skies cloudless. It surprised me that what before was desert and gloomy should now bloom with the most beautiful flowers and verdure. My senses were gratified and refreshed by a thousand scents of delight and a thousand sights of beauty.??? The monster greatly enjoyed the positive effects of nature. He likes the warm spring, and the new growth it brought. Nature made him happy, as it did for Victor. It was something he could count on, and made him feel free. Nature was a common ???love??? for both Victor and the monster; they were both in awe of it, and it brought them happiness and feeling of calmness. It provided a getaway and safe place for them to be the true person they were, and be alone with the realization of who they were and what they have done. This similarity grew as the novel continued and they turned to nature more as an escape. Nature is also where their relationship begins and develops. They meet in the forest after, and nature is presented as their common getaway. Both Victor and the monster valued family as a means of achieving happiness for themselves. ???Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits; her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion and inspire me with human feelings when sunk in torpor. She wept with me and for me. When reason returned, she would remonstrate and endeavor to inspire me with resignation.??? Elizabeth and Victor would do anything for each other, they loved each other since young on, and Victor wanted and would marry her. He did not allow the monster??™s threat, ???I??™ll be with you on your wedding night,??? to stop him from relieving his desire for love and family. She was his source of happiness, and nothing would stop him from having her. The monster knows he is alone and no one; where Victor has an entire family of people who care and love him. “But where were my friends and relations No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing. From my earliest remembrance I had been as I then was in height and proportion. I had never yet seen a being resembling me or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I The question again recurred, to be answered only with groans. This is why he kills Victor??™s family members; he wants him to share his loneliness. The monster knows he has no family and that increasing his desire for someone to care for him. Victor was his father and creator and he rejected him instantly and was appalled by his appearance. The monster is alone in a world where family valued over most things, and he knows it. “You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede.” This is the monster??™s only desire from his father, Victor. He wants someone to appease his loneliness and understand him. From this female companion, he hopes to gain family, and a feeling of belonging. This is exactly what Victor desired from Elizabeth, she was his happiness and freedom from loneliness. She knew him and understood him like no one else, and the monster wanted the same thing from this female. Their desire for female companionship as family is exactly the same, and the desire grows even stronger as the novel continues. This desire also adds to their relationship. The monster demand victor to make the female forcing contact and a continued grow in correspondence. The monster??™s overall goal in the novel is revenge in the novel, and after he kills Elizabeth its Victors goal also. “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 I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; 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 and misery.??? The monster wants to seek revenge on all people for alienating him. His resentment is against humanity as a whole, but even more so on Victor. He hates him for rejecting him, and wants to seek revenge not only for creating him, but even more rejecting him and leaving him alone. This feeling of revenge due to caused loneliness is also shared by Victor after the monster murders Elizabeth and his family. ???I had formed in my own heart a resolution to pursue my destroyer to death, and this purpose quieted my agony and for an interval reconciled me to life.??? Victor desired revenge for the crime committed against him by them monster. He was driven by this desire, as was the monster driven by his desire for revenge. So for both Victor and the monster revenge was a driving force and lead to their future actions. This was the biggest similarity between them. ???The nearer I approached to your habitation, the more deeply did I feel the spirit of revenge enkindled in my heart.??? Their lives were controlled by the same thing at the end, and it killed them both. The monster wanted revenge for Victor leaving him alone, and Victor wanted revenge for the monster causing him to be alone. They were also similar in that Victor has no one at the end, as the monster always did. Also, the desires for revenge lead their relationship becoming a ???hunt-and-destroy??? mission for Victor. Their lives were ruined by revenge and it overshadowed any other thing it their lives, the both allowed it to control them, and kill them. As the novel continues Victor and the monster grow more and more similar. These similarities are made apparent by their relationship with nature, desire for family bondage, and the need to gain revenge on each other for the crimes committed against each other. Their relationship become more similar as the novel continues, and various events and meetings cause the relationship and similarities to grow.