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Autor:  ineedhelp  20 May 2010
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Though the monster's moral ambiguity obviously supports the overall theme of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the internal conflict of Victor Frankenstein seems less noted. Victor is perhaps the protagonist of the novel, he is antagonized by his creation and the destruction left in its wake. Victor struggles with his moral conscience when his creation proposes that he create a mate for him. The monster swears that once he has a mate he won't again commit murder, for murder is a result of his loneliness.
Although the monster has been the source of despair in Frankenstein's life, he decides to create for him a mate. While working on a mate for the monster, Victor ponders the idea of two monsters in the world. He imagines them having children and creating a race of devils. The monster appears and he decides to destroy the mate. After this the monster wreaks more havoc for Frankenstein, killing his best friend and wife. Frankenstein decides after keeping the monster a secret for so long to tell the magistrate after he is arrested for the murder of his friend Henry.
Victor Frankenstein is a morally ambiguous character because he isn't always selfish, or ethical. He can be selfish, for instance, when family friend Justine is accused of William's murder and he does not reveal the truth about the monster for fear of the consequences for himself. He can also be selfless by trying to do the right things. Frankenstein's moral ambiguity contributes to the overall theme of taking responsibility and the dangers of knowledge.

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