Frankenstein In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the two main characters, Victor and the monster have completely different personalities and the expectation of their actions are very different from what one would imagine. When Victor's project of the monster finally comes to life, Victor gets scared and runs away from it, showing the readers how he is a very selfish man. The monster and Victor spend two years away from each other until the monster finds Victor and for the first time they converse. During the conversation each men are clearly seen as being totally different.
After Victor and his monster have talked to each other, Victor and the monster are two completely different men, in fact the monster is more of a man than Victor has shown to be. When Victor first sees the monster he begins by yelling at him and telling him to get away and how ugly he is, yet the monster seems to act more like a human adult and ask Victor to listen and calm down before he goes further on his tyrant. Victor refuses and by this act, Victor's selfishness is seen. Victor did not go into enough thought before he decided to create a monster, because he forgot the most important responsibility. This responsibility is having a family, or at least having someone to be there for you. Victor creates a wretched monster and then expects him to live and be happy on his own, in a world with such wonderful and beautiful things.
Victor has only created this monster for his own pleasure in science for creating new life, but once that life is created he does not care anymore. Victor is a selfish and guilt-ridden man, who can not and never will understand that he is in fault for all the deaths in his family. On the other hand, despite the monsters appearance he is a very sophisticated and a calm monster. When Victor and he first meet, the monster is seen to have a better vocabulary and seem to know how real human life should be, which is to have a family or have a companion in life to make each other happy. The monster never means to be mean or kill anyone but he has had to resort to that to get back at Victor. "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend.
Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous (96)," only Victor has lead him to turn to this kind of life. Although the monster has killed, he is not seen to not care for others, but instead is seen to be a man that has been hurt and has to carry it around with him everywhere. From the time when Victor was first starting his creation up until the end of the book, I think he is always seen as a selfish man who caused death and loss of others upon himself and his family. The monster all through the book has stayed the same person, but had to come to the conclusion that the only way to get back at his creator for all the turmoil he has put him through is try to do the same to him, by killing everyone that Victor has ever loved. I can see how the monster would want to do this, but in the end I think that Victor and the monster become the same person, because they are powered by obsession to see who can hurt the other the most.