Frankenstein
Frankenstein has been hailed as one of the best horror stories ever. The title,

Frankenstein, is the last name of the creator of the infamous Frankenstein’s
monster, Dr. Victor Frankenstein. His is a story of the great pain suffered by

Frankenstein and his monster and people’s misunderstanding of the poor
creature. All his efforts to find a companion are useless, as society shuns him
for his horrid figure. Although the story is told by Dr. Frankenstein through

Robert Walton, an arctic explorer, the antagonist seems to be his monster.

Despite his gruesome appearance, this being composed of various cadaver parts
starts out as a compassionate creature longing for companionship and curious of
how he came to be. He desperately tries to befriend members of society, but
utterly fails at each attempt. His appearance earns him no sympathy, but
loathing from his creator and townspeople alike. For example, after secretly
living with a poor family for more than a year, he decides to approach the
father, a blind old man. The creature reasons that since the old man cannot see
him, he will not be repulsed by the monster’s form, thus providing
companionship for the creature. As the two talk, the old man responds to the
plight of the stranger. However, the monster’s wish for friendship does not
come true for the old man’s children return home to find their blind father
with a gigantic monster. The old man’s son attacks the monster, but instead of
killing the boy, he runs away, overcome by despair and anguish. The creature
decides to request Frankenstein make a female version of himself. Frankenstein
refuses at first, saying that creating another might destroy mankind, but the
monster says to him: You are in the wrong, and instead of threatening, I am
content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not
shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces and
triumph... Shall I respect man when he condemns me? ...What I ask of you is
reasonable and moderate; I demand another creature of another sex, but as
hideous as myself... it shall content me. It is true, we shall be monsters cut
off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one
another. Our lives will not be happy, but they will be harmless... Oh! My
creator, make me happy... Let me see that I excite the sympathy of some existing
thing; do not deny me my request! (182-184) This plea moves Frankenstein and he
agrees to his request. Nevertheless, Frankenstein later reconsiders his decision
and sends the monster on a killing spree. Because of this, Frankenstein himself
is the antagonist of his own story. He and society contribute to the sorrow of
the monster through their negative responses. Frankenstein feels like he is
doing the right thing by rejecting the monster, but does not realize that the
scorn directed toward the creature by himself and society are the cause of his
murderous actions. When asked to create a mate for the creature, Frankenstein
responds, "Shall I... set loose... a [demon] whose delight is in death...? I
am firm, and your words will only exasperate my rage" (212). The story
actually begins with Robert Walton, whose ship finds a man near death in the
arctic regions. He is taken aboard and nursed back to health. Upon recovery, he
tells his story to Walton. His name is Victor Frankenstein and he grew up
fascinated with alchemy and various other sciences. He tried to discover the
procedure to overcome aging and death, and finally created life from various
parts of cadavers put together to form a gigantic humanoid creature. Once given
life, Frankenstein was horrified by the monstrosity of his own creation and
flees. He went into a coma for about two years, not knowing what became of his
creation. One day, he received a letter saying his little brother had been
murdered. The girl accused was a friend of the family and Victor was sure that
his monster was the murderer, not the girl. However, there was nothing

Frankenstein could do so the girl was executed for the murder of the boy.

Mourning two deaths, Frankenstein ventured alone into the mountains and was
confronted by the monster. It told him how it survived for the previous two
years, living in a deserted shack of a poor family. In his hovel, he observed
the family through a crack in the wall. By doing so, he was able to learn to
speak, read, and