Who are we to judge?

Throughout the novel, we the readers, hear from the point of view of Walton, Victor and the Monster. Because of these multiple perspectives we are able to form a more complete picture of what is actually happening. Therefore, it is our responsibility to determine who the real monster is in this story. We are given insight on Victor’s thoughts pertaining to his horrific creation. After all the of the pain Victor has been caused from Monster, he declares to “ devote [himself], either in [his] life or death, to [the monster’s] destruction” (p. 202). However, this response is eerily similar to the monster’s. After all of the pain and torment humans have bestowed upon the monster, Monster vows “ eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind” (p. 153). Victor and Monster are both full of passion for life and wonder for learning, but when horrific deeds are bestowed upon them they seek vengeance and justice. There is a parallel between the monster and Victor, which binds them together. They both have committed crimes and endured misfortunes. Victor stood idly by as Justine was wrongfully accused and executed for a murder she did not commit. He neglected and further drove the monster to vengeance, when it was within his power to correct the wrongs that he created. The monster killed three innocent people, all of whom Victor loved very dearly. But the monster also endured unprovoked hatred and mistreatment from humans and was forced to lead a miserable life alone. Not only is the monster the creation of Victor, but he is a reflection of him (obviously not in looks). Therefore, to declare one a monster, we must realize that they are both monstrous. The monster points out to Walton that he is only aware of “[Monster’s] crimes and [Victor’s] misfortunes” (p. 219). This allows us, the readers, to understand that even Walton’s perspective on who the monster is, is biased. Because of this and the insight we gain from the monster and Victor’s story, it is solely the responsibility of the reader to determine the true monster. By determining who the monster is, we can further discuss which actions, if any, were justifiable. But who are we to judge? Would we do the same if we were in their shoes? Are we any less monstrous than the characters depicted?

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