Mary Shelley


 Morality. It has been questioned by people, honored by people 
and revered since the beginning of time. Yet even today not one 
person can say what is morally right. It is a matter of opinion. It 
was Dr. Victor Frankenstein's opinion that it was alright to create a 
"monster". Frankenstein's creation needed a companion. Knowing that 
his first creation was evil should the doctor make a second? With the 
knowledge at hand, to Dr. Frankenstein, it is not at all morally 
correct to bring another monster into the world.
 Looking at this probelm with his family in mind, the doctor 
begins his work on the second monster. The first monster threatened 
Frankenstein and even his family. The monster angrily said to 
Frankenstein, "I can make you so wretched." (pg. 162) Trying to scare 
Frankenstein for not creating his mate the monster resorted to 
threats. If the good doctor does create a companion for his first 
creation he may be endangering others. "The miserable monster whom I 
had created," (pg.152) says Victor upon looking back at his work. If 
there is another monster there will be twice the power and possibly 
twice the evil, which could hurt or kill his family. When and if 
Frankenstein commits the moral sin of creating another monster he may 
be rid of both monsters forever. "With the companion you bestow I 
will quit the neighbourhood of man,"(pg 142) promises the morally 
corrupt monster to the doctor upon the completion of his partner. 
When the doctor, if and when he, finished his first creation's mate 
there is a chance that the monsters will not keep their promise and 
stay in Europe envoking fear into townfolk.
 The good doctor, trying to act morally, destroys the monster 
for the good of the world. The monsters can potentially take over 
whatever they please. "A race of devils would be propegated,"(pg. 
163) thinks Frankenstein to himself in his study. The monsters, if 
powerful enough, could possibly take over Europe. Frankenstein 
realizes that he can not possibly doom the world to benefit himself. 
"Shall I, in coold blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon.."(pg. 
162) argues Frankenstein with his creation. It is not morally right 
for one person to unleash such a terror on the world to benefit only 
himself and his family. Frankenstein will not let any example 
change his mind on the point that the monster is and will always be 
morally corupt. Continuing on his point that the monster was too evil 
to duplicate, Frankenstein says, "Your threats cannot move me to do an 
act of wickedness; but they confirm me in determination of not 
creating you a companion in vice."( pg. 163) Frankenstein will not 
sacrifice his morallity because of persuation from a monster. 
Although beholding the threat of death and misery Frankenstein held 
his ground and did not sacrifice his moral.
 When and if Frankenstein creates another monster he can not 
feel as if he has done the morally right thing. From creating the 
monster Frankenstein will some how be making people other than himself 
unhappy. " I consent to your demand, on your solem oath to quite 
Europe forever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of 
man,"(pg. 143) says Frankenstein as he sees the power that the two 
could possibly possess. The good doctor sees that with his own hands 
he could possibly scar the world forever. The doctor wants, if 
anyone, himself to be unhappy instead of all of man kind. "Begone! I 
do break my promise," (pg. 162) states the doctor angrily. Not 
thinking about himself but the world unselfishly breaks his promise to 
the monster. Possessing such a great mind the doctor is able to 
realize that a greater evil will be realesed upon the earth then upon 
himself. "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.
 With the knowledge at hand, to Dr.Frankenstein, it is not at 
all morally correct to bring another monster into the world. On the 
one hand if the second monster was created Frankenstein's family would 
be saved. By the same token the rest of the world could be forced to 
bow before two hideous monsters. The problem, making or not making 
the second monster, played heavily on Frankenstein's mind, possibly 
caused his brief lapse into the realm of the insane. Even though 
Frankenstein began his work for the good of man his experiment ended 
up hurting himself and his family.


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