Plight of Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein’s monster, the clever and susceptible fiend fashioned by Victor Frankenstein studies a print of Milton’s Paradise Lost, which overwhelmingly stirs up his emotions. The monster automatically begins to compare himself and his situation to that experienced by Adam. Like Adam he loathes his creation and destiny to be present in this Earth. He thinks that his formation and his presence in this world which is a cruel dwelling is an injustice to himself to what he never asked for or did anything to deserve it.
This has been quoted in Milton’s Paradise,
Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?
After reading Paradise Lost the monster states, "It moved every feeling of wonder and awe, that the picture of an omnipotent God warring with his creatures was capable of exciting."
This is suggestive of the war that he was on with Frankenstein.The course of the monster’s life goes through a metamorphose version of Adam as he had read in Paradise Lost. At one instance he recounts,
"But it was all a dream; no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone. I remembered Adam’s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine?"
The monster finds the Adam in himself and an instant need for a mate is born. This brings him at the altar of his ‘God.’ begging for his Eve to be created.
However, his wish is refused by Frankenstein at the peril of his own fears. This enrages the monster and this incline of the story, reverses the roles of Man and God for the monster and Frankenstein respectively.The monster is akin to Satan in the manner that he is discarded by the living mortals, to whose clan he once belonged. Although, he does not recall, but he senses a feeling of belonging with human beings. This is accompanied with a vile mutation and penalized rejection.
The beauty of Frankenstein’s monster is his duality between Adam and Satan. It is his, own whims and desires that revoke in him the decisive action as to which role he is to play. His innocence and acceptance of his creator to be the God transcends into the role of Adam. However, when he is refused his wants he switches to the ways learned from Satan.
Frankenstein is a saga that reveals the internal black holes within a man through the lexis of a grotesque monster.