In Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, Frankenstein goes beyond the limits of man and creates a monster from inanimate limbs.  In a way, Frankenstein himself becomes a monster. Which of the two is more inhumane, Frankenstein or his creature? Which is more justified in their actions? Could Frankenstein be blamed for the actions of his monster, since he created it in the first place? Could he still be held responsible even after he tries to confess to the magistrate, and no one believed him? Also, would you say Frankenstein was blinded by his desires for fame and profit or was he just trying to do good for mankind?

Stephanie Le
5/31/2010 03:21:21 pm

Frankenstein is a true definition of a monster because in the beginning he was oblivious to his surrounding and chose to isolate himself from his peers. He purposely chose to exclude his own creation, forcing an unwanted path down the monster's life. As the creator of the monster, he must be responsible for the monster's upbringing and potential. Without a guide, the monster couldn't help but rely on his own instincts and other people's opinions of him. Frankenstein had a chance to make amends, but his scientific thoughts and earth-bound emotions held him back from forgiving the monster. Second chances are important to him, so why shouldn't it be for the monster?

Mary Nguyen
6/1/2010 12:48:18 pm

Dr. Frankenstein's ambition for fame overshadowed his thinking on the possible outcomes that could result from his inhumane actions. By creating a monster, he is putting himself beyond the divine power of God, as well as depicting himself as a monster who craves on success and glory. Dr. Frankenstein should fully be aware that he is responsible for his creation; therefore, he must guide the monster into the right path. But even though Dr. Frankenstein’s greed resulted with an unwanted monster, his creation represents a new generation in science that was once thought of as impossible.

6/1/2010 01:29:39 pm

Frankenstein’s creature is more inhumane, obviously because it was created from dead limbs. Franky can't really be held responsible for the actions of his monster just as a parent can't be responsible for all the actions of his/her child. However, Franky could partly be blamed because, being a scientist, he should have had better control of his experiment. He clearly hadn’t thought of the consequences of his creation going wrong. His experiment is something that would take a lot of patience which he himself lacks. All Franky really wanted was to be the first to bring dead guys back to life and therefore become famous. But his greed got to his head and became all he could think about, causing him to isolate from his friends and family. And when things got out of hand, Franky couldn’t bear it. He’d sacrificed nearly everything: his time, his family, and partly his sanity. Maybe if things have turned out better, Franky wouldn’t have acted the way he did. Anyone in his position would probably have done the same.  

Jenny Dang
6/3/2010 12:13:16 pm

Frankenstein is the real monster in this novel. He creates his monster not knowing the possible outcomes of his experiment. As the monster's creator, Frankenstein must take responsibility for his and the monster's actions. He creates the monster because he had a thirst for knowledge and wanted to share it to mankind. After seeing how atrocious his monster is, Frankenstein tries to get rid of it. The monster was once good but was constantly being treated harshly which turns him into a real monster. If Frankenstein treated the monster with kindness and accepted him in the beginning, maybe the monster would someday be beneficial to Frankenstein and mankind.


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