Arctic Troubles

The cold arctic setting does not seem like a place any normal human would want to spend their time. However, to a monster that is much stronger than any humans, this may feel like home. Victor Frankenstein's creation eventually escaped to the arctic because he wanted to lead his creator into a physical and mental trap, plus the arctic felt like home.

The monster escaped to the arctic because he wanted Victor to follow. He knew that Victor would suffer in the ice and brutal cold weather. This would put Victor in both a weaker physical and mental state. Physically, the monster was much stronger:, “Victor Frankenstein makes an eight foot giant, rather than a creature of normal human size” (Randel 467). The monster “Unlike Victor Frankenstein, who flees his creation in breathless horror and disgust, apparently because it does not overtly embody the sublimity of his creative intentions” wanted to be cared for by his creator (Hustis 848).

Mentally Emotionally, the monster had has gone through a great deal of pain because Victor had left him to develop on his own. The lack of help and the simple fact that the monster was hideous made town's peopletownspeople afraid. The monster wanted Victor to suffer through not only the physical but also the mental struggle of the arctic. With extremely cold temperatures, Victor would not be able to function to the best of his abilities. Torture was the main objective so the monster could get what he wanted. Victor was also following alone and the monster knew that Victor would start to experience the same loneliness that he feels. The monster's goal was to get back at his creator for not showing him the ways of life and how to function.

The monster escapes to the arctic for several reasons. My initial interpretation was that the setting of the arctic truly comparesreflects to the monster's character. The arctic was a darker and much colder area that was not very scenic. The ice was very dangerous in the arctic and could crack at any moment, which is similar to the monster's personality, which was dangerous and could harm anybody. Where the monster chose to escape describes a great deal. The monster felt like this type of setting was home to him. “The conspiratorial secrecy and deceptiveness in which the monster was formed foreshadow major flaws in its socialization” (Randel 467). Whenever he was around people they ended up running away scared. “Whatever else can and has been said about Victor Frankenstein's monster, one thing cannot be denied: the creature is exceedingly ugly” (Gigante 565). All alone, the monster would not have to deal with the pain of people seeing him and getting becoming frightened. The harsh climate in the arctic was comparable to the harsh life that the monster had been experiencing. To the town's peopletownspeople, the monster was definitely not accepted, so the arctic was a great place to escape. It allowed the monster to escape the horrible memories of being hated and not accepted. The setting was significant because the arctic and the monster had so much in common.

Finally, the arctic is a brutal and harsh climate that only a monster would prefer. Humans do not function well in freezing weather. Victor's creation escaped to the arctic to lead him into a physical and mental torture that the monster felt was similar to his own torture. The monster wanted Victor to experience pain that was similar to his, and believed the arctic was the perfect place to do this. It was also easy for the monster to travel through the arctic, because he believed the arctic was comforting.

Works Cited

  1. Gigante, Denise. “Facing the Ugly: The Case of Frankenstein” ELH. 67.2 (2000): 565-587. Print.

Work s C ited

  1. Hustis, Harriet. “Responsible Creativity and the Modernity of Mary Shelley's Prometheus.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 . 43.4 (2003): 845-858. Print.
  2. Randel, Fred V. “The Political Geography of Horror in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein” ELH. 70.2 (2003): 465-491. Print.
  3. Gigante, Denise. “Facing the Ugly: The Case of Frankenstein” ELH. 67.2 (2000): 565-587. Print.

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