An abnormally large creature with eyes that has no pupils and a face that has been with corrupted with pus in every crevice walks up to you at the same time as a normal man who has no morals, but offers you an uncomfortable twitching and menacing smile that reeks of all sinful actions, but you wouldn’t know that. Which of the two would define an actual monster? The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley revolves around a man who has an uncontrollable thirst of knowledge and an uncommon fetish to replicate a creator. While acknowledging the theme of monstrosity, Mary Shelley makes sure that the reader’s opinions about Victor and the creature never deviate from feelings of sympathy and apathy. Each character demonstrate many interesting traits which vary from submissiveness and meditation to rash and impulsive, but their own unique monstrosities is more bolded. The way the characters respond to their environment allow for a difference in their monstrosities. One might assume that Frankenstein’s creature is the the monster due to his actions, but because of Victor Frankenstein’s isolated ignorance, obsession with the unnatural, unmoral abandonment, and hostile selfishness, the creator is the true monster. Victor Frankenstein reverts happily to isolation because of the passion associated with his work, but his ignorance towards fixing a problem that he has created contributes to his monster side. Despite his family’s emphasis on the distress and great pain Victor causes when he doesn’t contact them, he inconsiderately chooses to ignore their kindness and pleading. His decision to remain isolated attributes to his monstrosity as he shows no sign of guilt when he mentions “no youth could have passed more happily than mine” (Shelley, 67). In addition, Frankenstein thinks to himself from the perspective of the monster he has created, as he relates the “multitude of filthy animals” to humans and their “extorted screams and bitter groans” to their reaction of him as the monster (Shelley, 160). His monster-like attributes are further highlighted because of the extreme and hypocritical ignorance he demonstrates towards fixing a problem that he has induced. Clearly, Victor Frankenstein’s chosen isolation and his ignorance for those who care for him as well as his own creation make him the true obsessive monster.While displaying an obsession and a thirst for alchemy, science, and god-like powers, Victor also shows unnatural reactions to the abandonment of his creations as well as his response to the quality of his familial relationships. For example, Victor mentions how “life and death” appeared to him in “ideal bounds” and how he would someday “break through” and “pour a torrent of light” into his version of the “dark world” (Shelley 51). Because of Victor’s incredible drive to find the answer to immortality, he becomes unnaturally obsessed with the action of animating a being. Clearly, Victor can no longer be compared to a human instead a monster would be more suffice as he strives to have the same unattainable powers of a god. Not to mention, Victor marries his stepsister, Elizabeth, but his relationship with her seems to be based on possession rather than true love, because Victor envisions that “Elizabeth was only to be mine” (Shelley 44). Unlike humans, Victor is unable to reciprocate the various characteristics that come with a mutual relationship, because he perceives Elizabeth as a prize rather than a loved one due to his own selfishness. Similarly, he admits to his murderous acts by stating that he “in effect, was the true monster”(Shelley 75). Victor’s admittance to his own murderous acts is very unnatural as he further strengthens his monster-like qualities. By not sending a letter to his family for several years, Frankenstein abandons any version of familial relationship. The decay in guilt for not contacting his family, shows Victor’s lack of compassion. In a mirror like way, Victor abandons his creature thus causing the death of his brother, best friend, wife, and two innocents because he decides not to reveal to anyone about his creation or attempt to fix the dangerous problem. These unfortunate events could have been avoided if Victor took the opportunity to teach the creature morals, and help him adjust to society, but Victor decides to leave the creature to fend for itself for years. The creature isn’t the monster, the strings that pull him are, and in this case it is clear that it is Victor Frankenstein. Victor’s selfishness and hostility allows him to qualify as a monster because he deprives a human being and a creature from experiencing any kind compassion or companionship. For example, he leaves his creation because he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being he had created” and his first thoughts are to “sprang” on the creature as he describes it as “rage without bounds” (Shelly 42, 81). Victor’s hostility towards the creature is misplaced as his first thoughts are to kill the creature. Because of the depression that Victor Frankenstein has allotted himself with and the horrid picture of his creation, he fails to provide compassion or companionship that could have helped the creature avoid many of its accidents with society. Not to mention, Victor states, “I was the cause” of why “Justine, also a girl of merit” was “obliterated in an ignominious grave” (Shelley 66). Victor’s decision to withhold knowledge of the true murderer of William costed Justine her life. Although Victor admits that he is responsible for the death of Justine as he had created the monster, he does not believe it was because he withheld information due to his selfishness. It is clear that the creature can be identified to a child who was neglected by his parent, in this case Victor’s uncompassionate traits caused the neglect of teaching his creation morals or ethics. Although society considers the creature to be the true monster of the novel because of his immoral and gruesome murders, the creature was first created with a blank slate that enabled him to become a great being. Unfortunately, because he is abandoned and rejected by his creator and is forced to live a life of isolation in the unfamiliar world with his infantile brain. Society and mankind made the mistake of judging the creature based on its outer appearance, despite not knowing of the fact that the infant creature cannot comprehend the stares and the disgust. The catalyst for all of these unfortunate events all lead back to Victor Frankenstein’s decision to run away from his creation without a second thought and reject the creature from any communication. On the other hand, many readers assume that the lack of morality in the creature is due to his nature, but that can be debunked as the creature still had the feeling of wanting to be accepted, validated, and offered companionship. Never was it because of the creature’s nature that caused him to be the bitter thing at the end, it was actually because the creature didn’t have a personality or inherit any traits when he was created, rather the environmental circumstance were the reason for his bitterness at the end. Although society acknowledges the creature as the monster because of the terrifying actions he has committed, Victor Frankenstein is the true monster because of his villainous morals and deeds. Victor Frankenstein’s inconsideration and selfishness as well as his awkward passion for science, causes the end of his creature, himself, and his familial relationships. People who are raised in a household where their parents constantly show rejection and violence, are more likely to become replicas of their guardians in modern day society. It is more than clear that the creature isn’t the monster, Victor Frankenstein is the true monster.