Setting things right
The creature reveals in its last address its understanding of moral values, and because of its knowledge looks forward to its destruction in order to rid itself of its misery.
Contrary to Victors belief that his creature was in fact a monster, the creature has an ongoing humanity and an understanding of moral values. Standing over Victors dead body, it speaks to Walton of its plan to die: ???I shall no longer feel the agonies which now consume me, or be the prey of feelings unsatisfied, yet unquenched???(190). The agonies which the creature speaks of are those feelings of repentance and regret it gained after killing William and Elizabeth. It demonstrates that it has moral values not only because of the fact that it knows the difference between right and wrong, but also because the knowledge affects it so deeply. The creature not only feels the agonies of regret, but is consumed by them. Although it abhors Victor and thinks that he deserved the loss of his loved ones, its moral values disturb its mind and heart for destroying the innocent just because of its own feelings of unsatisfaction and hate towards Victor. It had killed because of these unsatisfied feelings, but was still not able to make itself feel any better because it knew that murder was incorrect and horrible due to its knowledge of the difference between right or wrong. The creature also shows its knowledge of moral values when it describes that the ?????¦cheering warmth of summer??¦the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of the birds??¦ were all to [it]???(190). As the creature looks back upon the elements of nature it so loved when it was born and during its infancy, it shows that it now knows that those times were when he was still pure and good. During those times it had just enjoyed nature for its beauty and serenity, but now appreciates it for the good morals it symbolizes. It felt the warmth of summer and heard the birds and leaves when it??™s soul was still benevolent and before it had been tarnished by its evil acts. The creature demonstrates its moral values because it acknowledges its difference between what it had been then and what it is now.
Due to the creature??™s knowledge that it had gone against moral values and committed evil acts, the creature now relishes in the fact that it can rid itself of all its worries by killing itself. It feels that death is the only way that it can be at rest , ???for the bitter sting of remorse may not cease to rankle in [its] wounds until death shall close them forever???(191). The creature does not triumph over the end of Victor??™s life, for its moral values make it feel remorse and regret for its actions. When Victor was alive, his miseries and wretchedness gave the creature a slight happiness, but the death of his creator makes it reflect upon its actions and feel truly remorseful for what it had done. The sting continues to fester upon the creature persistently, and now that there is not even a small triumph from the miseries of Victor for the creature to enjoy, it realizes that the only way it could ever be rid of its remorse is to die and put an end to all his thoughts. The wound it has affected upon itself can no longer be fixed, for it cannot reverse the murders it has committed, and now seeks to not feel at all in order to close up the wound of guilt. The creature shall now ???ascend [its] funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames??¦???(191). It is triumphant because it knows that after it had committed such sinful acts it is now doing the right thing by ridding himself from the world. The creature is committing its self-sacrifice for itself and to fix itself of the feelings of repentance it has while it lives. The flames are nothing compared to the agonies it has while alive, and therefore the creature will rejoice in a feeling of a physical, rather than a deeply scarring emotional, pain.
Setting things right