Do Victor and the monster become more similar as the novel goes on?
How does their relationship with each other develop? Victor attributes his tragic fate to his relentless search for knowledge.
His strong hatred towards his creations is what makes Victor Frankenstein the real monster in the story.
Victor shows his monstrous attitude through his changes in his priorities, his cowardice actions, and his poor judgment. Frankenstein's priorities change very quickly throughout the first twelve chapters of the book.
Before the monster learns to express himself, his actions are no less than terrifying.
His escape from Victor’s workshop seems sinister and his murder of William apparently confirms the notion that he is a powerful, malignant beast capable of unmotivated violence. Victor assumes, and Shelley invites us to assume along with him, that this being, with his patched-together body, his yellow skin, and his black lips, must have a soul that matches his hideous appearance.He goes from loving and caring for his family and friends, to being a self-involved scientist. "My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of the morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory."" .At this point in the novel Victor starts to seclude himself, which is when the problems begin.When the monster speaks, however, he throws his actions into a different light.He explains that Victor’s desertion left him alone and frightened.After all of the time Victor has spent slaving over his dream of creating life, he throws it all away because of what he sees when his experiment awakes."The beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart."Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep."".This is Victor's first act of cowardice in the story.It is this acquisition of language, along with the eloquence it brings, that turns the monster from a mysterious nightmare into a sympathetic and tragic figure.By showing how language transforms the monster, and by contrasting the well-spoken monster with his equally articulate creator, Shelley argues that verbal communication—rather than action or appearance—is the only way through which people can truly understand one another.