Frankenstein


Frankenstein - The Question of Morality in the Novel

Morality. It has been questioned by people, honored by people
and revered since the beginning of time. Yet even today not one
person can say what is morally right. It is a matter of opinion. It
was Dr. Victor Frankenstein's opinion that it was alright to create a
"monster". Frankenstein's creation needed a companion. Knowing that
his first creation was evil should the doctor make a second? With the
knowledge at hand, to Dr. Frankenstein, it is not at all morally
correct to bring another monster into the world.
Looking at this probelm with his family in mind, the doctor
begins his work on the second monster. The first monster threatened
Frankenstein and even his family. The monster angrily said to
Frankenstein, "I can make you so wretched." (pg. 162) Trying to scare
Frankenstein for not creating his mate the monster resorted to
threats. If the good doctor does create a companion for his first
creation he may be endangering others. "The miserable monster whom I
had created," (pg.152) says Victor upon looking back at his work. If
there is another monster there will be twice the power and possibly
twice the evil, which could hurt or kill his family. When and if
Frankenstein commits the moral sin of creating another monster he may
be rid of both monsters forever. "With the companion you bestow I
will quit the neighbourhood of man,"(pg 142) promises the morally
corrupt monster to the doctor upon the completion of his partner.
When the doctor, if and when he, finished his first creation's mate
there is a chance that the monsters will not keep their promise and
stay in Europe envoking fear into townfolk.
The good doctor, trying to act morally, destroys the monster
for the good of the world. The monsters can potentially take over
whatever they please. "A race of devils would be propegated,"(pg.
163) thinks Frankenstein to himself in his study. The monsters, if
powerful enough, could possibly take over Europe. Frankenstein
realizes that he can not possibly doom the world to benefit himself.
"Shall I, in coold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon.."(pg.
162) argues Frankenstein with his creation. It is not morally right
for one person to unleash such a terror on the world to benefit only
himself and his family. Frankenstein will not let any example
change his mind on the point that the monster is and will always be
morally corupt. Continuing on his point that the monster was too evil
to duplicate, Frankenstein says, "Your threats cannot move me to do an
act of wickedness; but they confirm me in determination of not
creating you a companion in vice."( pg. 163) Frankenstein will not
sacrifice his morallity because of persuation from a monster.
Although beholding the threat of death and misery Frankenstein held
his ground and did not sacrifice his moral.
When and if Frankenstein creates another monster he can not
feel as if he has done the morally right thing. From creating the
monster Frankenstein will some how be making people other than himself
unhappy. " I consent to your demand, on your solem oath to quite
Europe forever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of
man,"(pg. 143) says Frankenstein as he sees the power that the two
could possibly possess. The good doctor sees that with his own hands
he could possibly scar the world forever. The doctor wants, if
anyone, himself to be unhappy instead of all of man kind. "Begone! I
do break my promise," (pg. 162) states the doctor angrily. Not
thinking about himself but the world unselfishly breaks his promise to
the monster. Possessing such a great mind the doctor is able to
realize that a greater evil will be realesed upon the earth then upon
himself. "Your threats cannot move me to do an act of
wickedness,"(pg. 162) says the doctor as he argues his point with his
creation. The doctor sees that a greater and more horrible result can
come from him making the second monster than not.
With the knowledge at hand, to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not at
all morally correct to bring another monster into the world. On the
one hand if the second monster was created Frankenstein's family would
be saved. By the same token the rest of