Is The Monster in Shelly’s Frankenstein Evil?
A look at the novel’s monster and an attempt to argue that it might not be as evil as depicted.
` The creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein commits several evil acts, and at times creates the impression that he possesses an evil heart and soul. However, when he and his actions are fully observed, one can see that he is not truly demonic, but simply a being who is the result of great physical and emotional hardships. He is a product of different strong underlying factors, which together make him appear to be one of true evil. His reasons for killing, the remorse he feels for his horrible actions, the hope he has of having a female companion, and the reasons which lead him to the far north in the end, all, unprejudicedly examined, show that though he may act in sinful ways, deep down he is not a true evil being. `