Through the novel, Victor Frankenstein’s creation is called by different names. Here is a glossary of the most common names given to the “creature”.
The explanation section is to help you understand the meanings behind these definitions. It will give you an idea on whether or not these words can be used to name the “monster” according to the events of the book.
* All the definitions are from www.dictionary.com
- Anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
- An animal, especially a nonhuman.
- A person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing.
- The term, creature, is the most common because the word does not specify what kind of creation it is. (Human? Animal?)
- Victor Frankenstein created an animated body made with mainly human body parts, but also animal body parts ⇒ “the dissecting room and the slaughterhouse” (Shelley – Chapter 4)
- Victor Frankenstein had the future of this creature in his hands and even his own. A creation is like a baby, you need to teach him the difference between what is good and bad.
- a legendary animal combining features of animal and human form.
- any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people.
- any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape,behavior, or character.
- Some animal parts were used to create the monster, but his physical appearance is of a human.
- Frankenstein did not see the ugliness of his creation at the first glance, but it is this aspect that makes his creation rejected from society. Indeed, he frights people!
- Because of the scars on his face, his physical appearance is grotesquely deviating from the normal.
- used to represent an inanimate thing understood.
- used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded.
- Victor uses the word “it” because he is unsure of what he gave life to. He realizes the sin he did of giving life to an inanimate body, so he can’t use the pronoun “he” like any other masculine human being.
- Based on the description given, we can deduct that the gender of the creature is masculin. He states that he wants a wife.
Definition: a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
Explanation: Frankenstein’s creation becomes a villain figure when he gets involved in murders. He cruelly wants to kill Victor’s family to avenge himself.
- the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
- the evil one, the devil; Satan.
- In the creature’s case, the force that gave rise to his wickedness and sin is his loneliness. He have a heart but he cannot demonstrate it because society do not give him a chance.
- The creature only becomes a Satan-like figure when he decides to turn against his creator with the goal of making his life as miserable as his own.
- a person considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel.
- an evil passion or influence.
- Victor uses the word demon because his creature kills people to take his revenge on him. It is a cruel act of selfishness.
- Frankenstein’s creation does not appreciate murdering people. He is driven by anger and his actions are influenced by the actions of his creator.
As you can see, Victor Frankenstein does not have a good relationship with his creation. From the start, he treats him like a thing or an animal but never like a human. However, the source of the creature’s evilness is his creator… Therefore, who is the real monster between them?
For more information about this theme, go read How Does One Turn ‘Evil’?
By Jamie-Lee Valcourt