Frankenstein's Monster is the main antagonist of the novel Frankenstein by the late Mary Shelley and its many film adaptations. He was created in 1816 and made his debut on January 1, 1818. Although he had surprisingly immense powers of speech in the original novel, although at first glance appearing generally intimidating, for the most part the creature was initially a very gentle and sweet soul before turning to villainy out of anger for how the world treats him.
Why It/He Rocks
- He's one of the most notable and tragic antagonists throughout all of literature, and for very good reason too considering everything that's happened to him. He was terribly deformed and shunned and disrespected by all of humanity just for his appearance (including his own creator!), and wouldn't even be able to prove himself even though he just wanted to live among the humans. Is it any wonder this guy decided to go rogue and swear revenge on his creator?
- He has an incredibly detailed description of his deformed appearance: "His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips". All this detail of his form, only enhances the pain and sympathy the readers feel for the monster.
- As part of his monstrous design. He's far stronger, faster, more durable, and agile than a regular human. The creature was even able to scale Mont Saleve in a short period of time, which is remarkable considering the mountain is 4524 ft high at sea level.
- Despite being created in a scientist's lab and being pretty new at the time he quickly manages to become immensely smart and talented. He learns to speak and read French fluently in less than a year of watching a family teach a foreigner. After just a few months he's already good enough to read Paradise Lost. This guy could rival his master Frankenstein himself in terms of intelligence. Sadly, this part isn't featured in a majority of the film adaptations.
- Adding to the previous point of the monster being very smart, he's shown to be an incredible schemer and manipulator after turning hostile, while also maintaining an honorable side. First he murdered his former master Victor's younger brother William and frames his friend and governess Justine for the act, then promised to leave Victor in peace if Victor will make him a companion and mate. Then after Victor goes back on the deal, the monster vowed to return on Victor's wedding night, letting Victor think he is in danger while the monster murders Victor's wife Elizabeth, luring Victor into the cold wastes of the north to suffer alongside him in an endless pursuit. As for the honorable part, after finding out his master had died --the person whom he was closest with--, the monster can only feel sorrow and decides to commit suicide so that he couldn't care any additional harm and nobody else like him could exist again.
|Mary Shelley's novel
Dr. Victor Frankenstein | The Monster/"Adam"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein | Elizabeth Benning | Igor | Frankenstein's Monster| Inga | Inspector Kemp
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
Others Herman Munster