Frankenstein’s Monster is one of the most iconic monsters in all of fiction. But why did the creature kill William?
Frankenstein’s monster is a complex character that has been interpreted in many different ways. Some see him as a victim, forced to suffer due to the actions of Victor Frankenstein. Others see him as a truly evil being, capable of great violence and destruction.
The answer to this question may never be fully known, but there are some possible explanations. One theory is that Frankenstein’s monster killed William out of revenge. He was angry at Victor Frankenstein for abandoning him, and killing William was his way of getting back at his creator.
Another possibility is that Frankenstein’s monster killed William because he was simply trying to survive.
Frankenstein’s creature was abandoned by its creator immediately after it took its first breath and fled to the woods. It eventually found a cottage full of kind people who taught it how to understand language and about human culture through observational skills.
Frankenstein’s creature was filled with joy at this sudden finding of companionship, until one fateful night when Frankenstein’s youngest brother, William, caught a glimpse of the creature. Frankenstein’s monster then became aware that humans would never accept it due to its appearance, and so it killed William in order to prevent Frankenstein from discovering its whereabouts. Frankenstein’s Monster committed this act not out of malice, but out of the desire to protect itself and the love it had found in its new home.
After the creature was rejected by the group of people, it left the cottage and murdered a young child, William. By understanding the emotional state of the creature at the time of murder, we can answer why it killed William.
Frankenstein’s monster had been living a life of misery and rejection. He was constantly shunned and avoided by everyone he came across. He had never experienced a moment of happiness or love. In addition, the creature was also incredibly intelligent. He was able to read and understand complex emotions.
Frankenstein’s monster was capable of feeling empathy, yet he was never shown any empathy himself. The creature killed William out of revenge against Victor Frankenstein, who he saw as the source of all his suffering. Frankenstein’s monster wanted Victor to feel the same pain that he had felt his entire life.
The creature was filled with reverence and love when he first met the human beings living in the cottage, demonstrating his innate ability to feel warmth and compassion. He saw benevolence among these people and strove to mirror their actions, for example by helping them with their work around the property.
The creature is also capable of forming bonds, as he does with the old man, who he views as a father figure. Frankenstein’s abandonment of his creation drives the creature to fits of anger and despair, but does not turn him into a killer. It is only when Frankenstein breaks his promise to create a mate for the creature that he resorts to violence.
In destroying Frankenstein’s younger brother, William, the creature is seeking revenge on Frankenstein for breaking his promise. The creature knows that Frankenstein loves his brother dearly and by killing him, Frankenstein will feel the same pain that he himself feels due to Frankenstein’s abandonment. In this way, the creature’s actions can be seen as justified, rather than simply being those of a bloodthirsty monster.
He started to doubt the capabilities of humans and felt great anger towards them. He realized how much they despised him and this sealed his violent tendencies. It was then that he became capable of murder. “‘For the first time, feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom… I bent my mind towards injury and death.”
Frankenstein’s Monster had been planning to murder Frankenstein’s best friend, Clerval, but due to a change of heart (despite his ugliness), Frankenstein convinced the Creature to spare him. However, Frankenstein reneged on his promise to create a companion for the Monster, which led the creature to kill Frankenstein’s young brother, William. Frankenstein’s Monster did not want Frankenstein to have any more happiness in life – he wanted him to feel the pain that he felt. To the Creature, killing William was the ultimate act of revenge against Frankenstein.
The creature’s isolation from humankind, and long days without any human contact, allowed it to further torture itself with the cruelty it had endured, first at the hands of its creator, and secondly at the hands of its supposed protectors. It had tried to seek the compassion its creator had not given it in other human beings, and had been treated with equal hatred. Its suffering was intense and thus its feelings of passionate bitterness and desire to seek revenge through violence grew.
William, Frankenstein’s younger brother, was the most innocent and compassionate creature the monster had ever met. He showed the creature kindness when no one else would, and for that the creature killed him.
The monster did not want to kill William- he saw the boy as his only chance at finding companionship and love in the world. But in a moment of rage, after Frankenstein had rejected him yet again, the creature lashed out and murdered Frankenstein’s youngest brother. Frankenstein, in turn, vowed to track down and destroy his creation- leading to further tragedy.
The creature had been abused by Felix and read about violence in novels, so he knew of it more than just instinctively. These feelings of violence didn’t come from one bad act. He could have killed Felix when he had the chance, but instead he spared him. Now, after much thought and consideration, he felt passionate enough to commit these acts.
Furthermore, he had been rejected by Frankenstein and society as a whole, so he felt alone and angry. When the creature saw Frankenstein’s brother, William, he was reminded of Frankenstein and all the pain that he had caused him.
In addition, the creature was still very childlike in his thinking, and didn’t understand that killing William would only cause more pain for Frankenstein. He thought that by killing Frankenstein’s brother, Frankenstein would finally be forced to accept him and love him as he so desired. Of course, this plan backfired horribly, and only served to further estrange Frankenstein from the creature.