Is the Murder of Elizabeth Revenge?

In Frankenstein, Elizabeth who is married to the Doctor Frankenstein is killed by the “monster” the doctor created. But is this an act done out of a desire for revenge… or simply an example of the “natural order” of being an unnatural creature?

From the moment the doctor created said “monster,” he assumed that it was capable of monstrous things simply because of its inability to truly be human. When in fact, this actually has nothing at all to do with being human. My theory is that the doctor, although it is terrible, blamed his own creation for being created and then acted surprised that the monster was angered by the doctor.

The monster didn’t come for the doctor and Elizabeth because it was a monster. The monster came for revenge because of the awful life doctor Frankenstein condoned his creation to live, and within that, the endure of great suffering.

So is the murder of Elizabeth revenge? I believe so. I believe the murder of Elizabeth had little to do with the fact that doctor Frankenstein believed his creation to be a “monster,” and more to do with the fact that doctor Frankenstein treated his creation as a monster.

The murder of Elizabeth was for revenge in my opinion, and as it is terrible, I do not believe it had anything to do with the inherent nature of Frankenstein’s creation, but rather the way in which his creation was treated and raised to be.

3 thoughts on “Is the Murder of Elizabeth Revenge?

  1. I agree that the creation was lashing out because of the treatment he got from those around him, rather than this being something that was inherent to his nature. We saw that he was born as a “blank slate” and wanted to be accepted and to do good. It’s also reminding me of how the creation tells Frankenstein that he wouldn’t hesitate to destroy his creation if he got the chance to. Frankenstein even got consumed with his own desire for revenge against the creation in the end. It goes to show that you don’t have to be a “monster” to do monstrous things.

  2. We can expand this by thinking about all sorts of killing today that gets rationalized as not-murder because the people who are killed are considered to be sufficiently different: war, capital punishment, disabled people denied healthcare, and so on.

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