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The True Evil The ability of committing evil is within every human being on earth It is how we overcome these urges to use this evil that defines who we are In Mary Shelleys gothic novel Frankenstein evil is portrayed in many ways through Victor Frankensteins actions Victors irresponsible actions and selfish nature are the true evil in the novel He shows his irresponsibility and selfishness towards the monster his family and the knowledge he gains Throughout the novel Frankenstein the monster is depicted as being wretched and evil whereas Victor is looked upon as being brilliant and creative When looked upon more carefully it is revealed that it is really Victors actions that are evil Victor creates a monster knowing that it will be different from other people When the monster comes to life Victor does not give it a chance to prove himself worthy and this is his first sign of irresponsibility For this I had deprived myself of rest and health I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation but now that I had finished the beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed chamber unable to compose my mind to sleep p 42 It is seen that Victor ran away from the first sight of his creation He did not own up to the responsibility of being the monsters creator If Victor had in fact acknowledged that he was the creator of the monster then maybe the destruction that lay ahead could have been prevented Victor also shows his irresponsibility towards the monster when he pretends that he does not exist He refuses to come to terms with the fact that he is the creator of the monster and that he has certain duties
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