In fact, this estrangement from society perpetuates a downward spiral for the creature as e develops a mind that is unadulterated by moral behavior while also nurturing a strong desire for revenge. Not only does Frankincense leave the creature to fend for itself, but society rejects it as well. The alienation from all Of his surroundings, and his creator feeds the creature’s desire for vengeance, ultimately resulting in the deaths of every that his creator Frankincense held dear to his heart. Frankincense leaves his home in Geneva to attend the University of Inconstant, where he becomes captivated by the experiments of Professor Walden.
The professor attempts to create new life by conducting unethical ND unlawful experiments. Intrigued, Frankincense becomes completely immersed in the possibility of reanimation. Frankincense sees this as an opportunity to fulfill the promise he made after his mother’s passing. He vows to end the cold reality of death and the suffering that ensues. After successfully creating new life, Frankincense immediately runs away from it, claiming self-preservation. In reality, he is utterly disgusted by the sight of his creation and leaves it all alone in the world, no more capable of taking care of itself than a mere child.
He essentially shirks all responsibility, leaving is creation to fend for itself. Frankincense’s failure to recognize the creature as more than a mere creation ultimately leads to his own destruction. The creature learns from his own personal experiences and is never able to express his inner desires in a way that a normal human would. Instead he acts like a savage, similar to how society does when they reject and chase him out of the city due to their fear of cholera and his unsightly appearance.
Alienation ultimately molds the creature and turns him into the monster that they seem him as. As the creature becomes more secluded and self-aware, e realizes while reading Frankincense’s journal that he was just a mere experiment. This realization drives his thirst to destroy Frankincense’s life just as he destroyed his. Without the guidance that most children receive as a newborn, the creature is never able to develop effective methods of communication. If he had, he could have resolved the issues he had with Frankincense without resorting to violence as a first resort.
On the contrary, Elizabeth is raised in a nurturing environment despite the death of both parents. Victor’s parents adopt and raise her as one of their win, unlike Victor who abandons his creation immediately after birth. Her selfless attitude and unconditional love for F-reinstate represent the possible traits that the creature would have developed, had he received the same nurturing she had. If Frankincense were to positively influence the creatures developing mind, life would not have fallen apart so gruesomely for them.
The effect people have on others is clearly evident as we contrast the lives of Elizabeth and Frankincense. Without positive reinforcement, a person begins to digress and fall into a cycle of deep turmoil. Unlike the creature, Frankincense’s family provided Elizabeth with the necessary tools to become a functioning well-assimilated individual of society. Another interesting example of estrangement in the story appears when Frankincense realizes that he must discover the creatures whereabouts and kill him himself.
As a way to escape his self-alienation from society, he vows to end the evil and put an end to his creation. This realization consumes his mind and tears him completely from society as he spurns his family and friends. Although the creature gives Frankincense an ultimatum, he eventually denies the request leading to the death of everybody he loves. Tormented by remorse, both the creature and Frankincense lose their touch of humanity. They became monsters as a result of alienation.
Neither can withdraw from this alienation, resulting in the demise of both. Had Victor considered the possible repercussions of his actions beforehand, the creature would have not become the monster that society viewed it as. Frankincense’s experiment leads to the death of his loved ones, the alienation of himself and the creature from society. They both die in vain, causing pain to not only themselves but also everyone around them. Societies influence n both of these characters plays a major role in the recurring theme of alienation in the story.