Does justice always necessarily prevail through bitter revenge? Mary Shelley's Frankenstein shows examples of how justice can be blurred with an stubborn and bitter hatred for those who have wronged others. Was Victor Frankenstein justified in destroying the female companion of his creature? Was the creature warranted in destroying those that Victor knew and loved? Who really was the "evil monster"?.
During the process of creating a female companion for his creature, Victor came to wonder if " a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth- (150). Victor felt that such a reason was enough to destroy the female because these "devil children" could conceivably become the scourge of humankind in a few generations. But did Victor really have the right to destroy the only potential source of happiness for his creature? Saving mankind was reasonable, but so was acting on his promise to the creature. .
The creature's murders of the Frankenstein family did have a plausible motive behind it, yet it also came to no avail. Especially with the murder of his wife,.
Frankenstein suffering increased, but so did his rage and hate for his abomination (179).
Ironically, the creature destroyed in the hopes of finding happiness from his creator. The creature had killed those he had not known, yet he wanted his creator to feel the .
same extreme sense of loneliness and guilt. Meanwhile, Victor was looking for peace in his conscience by searching to eliminate his accursed creature. Both characters had terrible hatred for each other, fueled by a seemingly noble effort to find peace and happiness in their own lives. Ironically, this extreme abhorrence spurned from their own respective interests. Victor's initial pursuit of natural science and the creature's obsession with reading and knowledge both led to their worst nightmares. Their search for life's meaning became the search for ending another's.