Although Victor tries to be a good person, his deep guilt and wrongdoing fabricate him as a villainous character. Through Victor’s actions, he can be seen as an inherently evil person. From not taking responsibility in his creation, which lead to many deaths of loving and innocent people. Being a coward, Victor ran away from the monster; only leaving others with his problems. Like Victor people in our society, can be seen as two faced or fake. For example, when Victor attempts to help out Justine he hides the truth leaving her to die. Victor strives to do better, but things only seem to get more dreadful. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one can argue Victor is inherently good because, of his lack of responsibility and his guilty conscience.
To begin with, through a viewpoint of our society it is clear Victor suffers from passive aggression. Passive aggression is, “a type of behavior or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation, as in procrastinating, pouting, or misplacing important materials” (“Passive” def. 1). Some examples of passive aggression can be evading problems, avoiding communication, and blaming others all shown from Frankenstein. Victor held back the truth of creating a monster capable of killing humanity, in fear people will think he is crazy. Victor stated, “but I, the true murderer, felt the never-dying worm alive bosom, which allowed of no hope or consolation” (Shelley 59). Meaning Victor had an active feeling of guilt for his wrongdoing. “Passive aggression can be destructive potentially damaging one’s relationships” (“What is Passive” pg. 6). Affecting relationships with yourself an internal conflict shown by Victor a Byronic hero.
Even struggling relationships with humanity due to his isolated character. Victors lonesome is shown when he states, ‘“I threw myself into the chaise that was to convey me away and indulged in the most melancholy reflections. I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure, I was now alone”’ (Shelley 25). The solitary Victor in many ways including his manner, and the way he goes about his education, now much more focused and almost obsessive. He has no one to comfort him and leads to the madness of creating the monster.
In addition to Victor’s isolation, the growing feeling of guilt has a huge impact on Victor. Guilt is shown to be the main factor for most of Victor’s actions, guilt is the root of all evil. One can be a good human being with exceptions, Victor attempts to be a good person but, ultimately fails being tied to an endless stream of misfortune; due to his actions. “Guilt breeds more weight, note, darkness and keeps you locked in a cage” (“Guilt” pg. 2). Lost in the world, Victor is stuck in a feeling of remorse and guilt. Victor remarks, “I was seized by the remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures, such as no language can describe” (Shelley 61). Victor is adrift of all hope, and sunken in fear of hell for his deeds of mischief. Mischief of backstabbing others, like Justine.
Victor is shown to hide behind a false mask. Concealing the fact that he is the true murderer of his brother for not taking responsibility on his crazy creation. The betrayal had real consequences to the overall emotions of Justine and completely ruined her reputation. Victor’s activity can be identified by many as acts of a two-faced person. “Two faced people are those actors and actresses of the human race who will show one face to a particular audience, and another to another audience” (“The Psychology” pg. 1). These type of fake people are taught to ‘“grin and bear it”’ (“The Psychology” pg. 2) hiding the truth and their true emotions from others. Victor clearly shows his two sides of good and evil when he say, ‘“Yet my heart overflowed with kindness, and the love of virtue. I had begun a life with benevolent intentions, and thirsted for the moment when i should put them in practice and make myself useful for my fellow beings”’ (Shelley 61). Although, Victor wanting to seek for nothing but good, his evil intentions are slowly creeping in.
In conclusion, Victors inability to do any good anymore shows he is an inherently evil human being. Through Victor’s actions, his state of never ending guilt is the root of his evil. From the origin Victor is introduced to a passive aggressive behavior. Evading all of his problems by isolating himself from others. Victor as a Byronic hero also struggles internally through guilt and remorse for those dead due to his lack of responsibility. In today’s society Victor is an overall fake person masked from the truth, to hurt others. Mary Shelley’s dark and Gothic writing influenced Victor’s turmoil.