... vil will be released upon the earth then upon himself if he were to oblige to the request of the monster and create a mate for him. Although we saw him driven by ambition and curiosity in the beginning of the novel, after feeling and seeing the consequences of it, his morality and sensibility take control, and he refuses to create a second being. 'Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness,' (pg. 162) says the doctor as he argues his point with his creation. The doctor sees that a greater and more horrible result can come from him making the second monster than not.
However, in the eyes of some, the creation of the first monster, where Victor is trying to 'play God', and toy with nature makes society's labels for these two extremely different characters on the exact opposite side of the scale from where they are supposed to be. Dr. Frankenstein is sometimes considered more of a monster while the monster is the more decent of the characters. As I have stated above, Dr. Frankenstein, the so labelled decent, no-fault man, could actually be considered an irresponsible and stubborn man, who is extreme in his actions throughout the novel's plot. His irresponsibility shows through many times in his feelings (or lack of) towards his creation. It is almost as if the ambition that was ever-present throughout the germination of this thing, had suddenly vanished upon it's arrival. While he was in the process of shaping his creation, Frankenstein is so caught up in his work and his yearning to be remembered for all time that he does not ponder about what will happen after life is breathed into this being.
He is blinded by the ambition that he had instilled in himself after the death of his mother. He is so consumed by his work he does not sleep for days on end, go outside, eat meals, or write to his family with such frequency as he had before he commenced. After his creation comes to life, he refuses to accept his obligation as the creator (or maybe even father) to his creation. He does not care for it, shelter it, provide it with food or love, nor teaches the creation. Eventually all the monster wants from the doctor is a companion like himself ('Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?
God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred. ' ). After the doctor refuses this motion, the monster kills his son and frames Justine, and yet Frankenstein still will not change his attitude toward the monster. He still does not want any association between himself and the monster even after what has happened. Frankenstein is so convinced that he monster will kill him next, he does not stop and think about what else the monster could have meant by, 'I will be with you on your wedding night.
' The thought does not enter his head that the monster is foreshadowing the death of his bride. All of this after he had been warned. This shows me that Victor was somewhat immature at the time of this sequence of events, as he has in metaphorical terms, impregnated the earth, and left her without any child support! His initial ambition is one of intensity, and makes him keen to anatomically perfect this being.
This concentration in making the monster live is direct contrast to his later wish to kill the beast. The source of ambition swings, and is shifted in to a will to hunt and destroy this monster, going through forests, mountains, and glaciers, and depriving himself of people, food, and sleep. There is no grey area in Dr. Frankenstein's head. There is only black and white. He either loves the monster totally or wants to slay it.
He has to fully devote himself or not to his task. There is no just liking the monster, or doing a task half-hearted ly. This could all stem back to his days of studying in Ingolstadt, where his toils were so highly praised, ('My Ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency that of the masters' page 49), and this could be a factor that caused him to really devote himself to his tasks. I think that this is a perfect way to describe the ambitious capability of Victor. When he devotes himself to something, he literally goes to the ends of the earth to try and achieve it.
The monster on the other hand has got the worse end of the deal. The creation, or as society has labelled the monster, is actually one of the only characters in the novel that actually has rationale behind his thinking. Society has mislabel led this creature who shows us some sort of ambition in his willingness to try and be accepted by the family in the woods. They are seen by society as the lower-class. They work every day on their garden to make food for meals because they do not have enough money to be able to buy food. They are viewed as poor and unfortunate, but are actually rich... in spirit.
They are good people. They do not complain with the status quo but enjoy what they have, which is an admirable trait for people in any standing. The old blind man sings songs to the others, plays a musical instrument, and adds a sense of experience and content to the family. The children do their daily work without griping as well.
Just because they are looked down upon by society that still does not stop them from enjoying what has been provided for them. The difference I see between these people and the rest in the book, is that they have no noticeable ambition, which in this case seems like somewhat of a good thing, as ambition so far, has been the source of immorality and evil. The monster in the book is unlike the other pre decided characters, in that he has flaws, and does not possess beauty, charm, or intellectualism (that we see). He does seem to try and become accepted by all, and only when this ambition is shunned does he truly expose the world of Victor to his wrath. Today society respects the handicapped and accepts them in today's world. Frankenstein can be seen as a prophetic statement against the pride that accompanies ambition and technological or scientific knowledge.
In the novel the power of science is linked to metaphysical goals and aspirations by Professor Waldman and Victor. They believed that the scientific method had super ceded theology or philosophy in yielding the truly miraculous. Science had in effect replaced spirituality as the means of the miraculous. This is because they saw that the ancient teachers of this science, promised impossibilities, and performed nothing.
It is this belief that I consider to be the fuel for the ambition of Victor. These philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles. They penetrate into the recesses of nature, and show how she works in her hiding places and ascend into the heavens, and it is this that helps Victor's ambition on it's way. Victor Frankenstein becomes intoxicated with the possibilities of modern science. He is so inflated and consumed with the knowledge of how to animate a human creature that he doesn't consider the morality or even the aesthetics. He is so absorbed in the minutia of his experiments that he creates each section of the Creature with care without considering the total effect.
('Although I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation, yet to prepare a frame for the reception of it, with all its intricacies of fibres, muscles and veins, still remained a work of inconceivable difficulty. As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed... '). Not unlike the Monster, our modern atomic bomb was stitched together bit by bit with a great deal of care taken to ensure scientific accuracy but with little concern for its use. The Modern Prometheus has unleashed a fire that is capable of vicious destruction on an entirely different and impersonal level.
Conclusively, I feel that the ambitious scientist becomes the hunted and the haunted as a result of overstepping his boundaries.