Frankenstein And Moral Values
Through Frankenstein, Mary Shelley shows the values of companionship, fear,
trust, and happiness. All of these values the monster wants or portrays, but due
to society, he is unable to achieve them. The monster tries to understand these
values throughout his life but can’t because of the injustice he receives from
the humans. When the monster finds his first home at the house of the De laceys
he understands humans better and tries to mimic them. While his stay here the
monster watches avidly to learn how to act "human". The monster feels he can
help them out and does so by doing odd jobs during the night. After the monster
lives among the family for many years he decides that he will confront the
family and tell them about his experiences while living there. Unfortunately the
family does not accept the monster and he is scared away. After this incident
the monster vows to never help anyone out again because of the mistreatment he
endures. Now the monster sets out on a killing spree to get revenge upon his
creator so he can understand how he feels. The monster finally meets up with his
creator and begs for a equal counter part. As the monster is speaking to Victor
he states, "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy,
and I shall again be virtuous" (84). This moves Victor emotionally and he
decides to make the monster his counterpart, as long as he promises not to hurt
anymore of his family. Victor now understands that even though the monster is a
fiend he still needs companionship, the lack of fear, trust and happiness. As
you can see the monster wants to be good but bad thing have drove him away from
this. Throughout the book the monster tries to become more civilized but all the
madness turned him into a fiend. While the monster is going about his ways he is
attacked by a village full of men who no nothing more than to hurt the unwanted.

This the monster explains as, "The whole village was roused; some fled, some
attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile
weapons, I escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge" (91). From
that moment on he realized that people did not like his appearance and hated him
because of it. If villagers didn\'t run away at the sight of him, then they might
have even enjoyed his presence. This is the monsters first lesson of man. The
monster receives nothing but ravage men chasing him out of their town. This
instills a great deal of fear that the monster knows he doesn’t want to deal
with again. What this does to the monster is drives him further away from all
good and puts him into a deep depression. After this the monster tells Victor,

"Here, then, I retreated and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however
miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity
of man" (91). This is where the monster finds his first stable home. While in
this state of mind the monster moves into a little shack where he meats the De

Laceys. While living with the De laceys he learns all about happiness, sadness
and feelings of love. Happiness is the one virtue that is the most ironic
because he only feels happy when the family does but he never feels it for
himself. When the monster meets the De Lacey family his first impression is that
they are a suitable family that get by easily. Although when the monster lives
with the family for a considerable amount of time he soon finds out of their
troubles. While living there he finds out that the young boy works constantly
and so does the sister. The monster feels he can help out the boy and make him
ecstatic by doing so. The monster wants to belong so much that he collects the
wood for the family to see them happy. The first time he does this "the young
woman, when she opened the door in the morning, appeared greatly astonished on
seeing a great pile of wood on the outside. She uttered some words in a loud
voice, and the youth joined her who also expressed surprise" (96). This is
what makes the monster want to stay, seeing the happy expressions on the
families faces. Once the monster meets up with his creator and expresses his
wants for a