Who is to blame for the tragedy in Frankenstein?

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, a doctor creates a being composed of the rotting corpses from a grave. He is so horrified of his creation he runs away. The monster murders his whole family for abandoning him. Who is responsible for this tragedy? Was it society for ostracising him? Was it Doctor Frankenstein for abandoning his creation and not taking responsibility for his actions? Or was it the monster? After all he is Frankenstein’s tragic flaw. Meditating on this question we come to the conclusion that doctor Frankenstein and society are to blame for this tragedy, he was not love or nurtured and they had a prejudice against the hideous disfigured monster.

The monster said that he is “Naturally good”. I believe there is no such thing as human nature, there is human behavior, which is composed of the environment we are nurtured in. The monster was forced to grow up alone without human interaction. He learned how live by lurking in the shadows and spying on humans but every time he makes contact with people they had a complete disregard for ethics and where not capable of seeing past his hideous face to see the human. The monster wants to help people and connect to people but that is impossible for his creator Frankenstein made him to be so grotesque. Frankenstein is also to blame. He desecrated the bodies of those who died and even when his family was being murdered he didn’t take responsibility for his actions, he didn’t warn his family and tried to take on his problems by himself which was a selfish decision and resulted a tragedy. Frankenstein didn’t even give the monster a name, symbolising that he had no interest in raising the monster and that the monster meant nothing to him. Perhaps if Frankenstein had stayed and nurtured his creation, if he taught him moral values, the monster would not have sought revenge.

Humans are a product of the environment they grow up in, society treated the monster as less and where not capable of accepting him. Even his creator had no interest in raising him or teaching him of morality and this resulted in the death of his family.


Compare and contrast the relationships between the students and their teacher in “Students” and “Crow Lake.” In your response, you must discuss both passages.

Exam 2009

     Students by Tom Wyman and the story Crow Lake by Mary Lawson may be very different pieces of writing but contrast a similar theme. Its about teachers frustrations with their students and difficulties they face relating to their students in different situations.

     Crow Lake is about an assistant professor studying invertebrate ecology. She enjoys researching and making her lectures but she is frustrated by her students. She does not enjoy teaching because of her students. She expresses this discontent when she says “Teaching I don’t enjoy at all”. Her students do not acknowledge the effort she puts into her work. Students are allays looking forward to the end of the year when they are done with her class and free of her class. She feels sad that she put so much work into teaching unmotivated kids, she feels that her skills are wasted.

     Students by Tom Wyman has a similar theme. It is about a university professor. He feels frustrated as well as his students don’t care about the class he teaches. His students think “pass or higher why put any more into learning?” they only care to pass the class but beyond that, they refuse to put in any effort. His students sit in class inattentively with headphones in their ears. They sit attentively in class but only look forward to the point where they get to leave.

     After reading Crow lake and Students we see a similar theme. Teachers love to teach and only wish to spread information to little balls of potential, their students. In the end their work is wasted as their students do not pay attention and only care about passing the class. These passages opened my eyes to the way many teachers feel. Dosing of in class of listening to music seems harmless but in reality makes the teach feel negative, they will feel as if they are not able to relate to their students and that their efforts are wasted.