Get a Job: Victor Frankenstein as Scientist
A series in which Nick Mazmanian examines occupations of fictional characters and whether they’ve excelled at their chosen fields.
Name: Victor Frankenstein
Of course you’re going to jump directly to all the lightning, the yelling about something being alive, and while that is all well and good, I am here to judge whether or not Victor Frankenstein is even a good scientist. I know what you’re thinking: “But Nick, the guy made a human being out of other human beings … doesn’t that …”
That’s not all there is to being a scientist!
We are going to compare what a scientist usually does against what Victor does, over the course of the novel, Frankenstein.
1. SCIENTISTS HAVE PEERS REVIEW THEIR THEORIES
In order for a scientist to prove his theory is sound, it must be replicated by a completely separate laboratory, and they must also get the same results that the original scientist got when they first do the experiment themselves. It is through this process that the theory becomes fact and can be tested thoroughly to ensure that it is also safe.
Victor doesn’t do this … at all.
In fact, he just goes ahead and proceeds with this very risky and potentially dangerous experiment without any of the safety protocols needed to make sure no one is harmed. Yeah … safety is something of a big deal with most people, but hey, when you’re in the private sector or a Gothic castle, I guess safety can take one for the team.
Or you could, and it would be a bolt of lightning, or a painful death via monster misunderstanding.
2. SCIENTISTS VOW NEVER TO DO HARM
Like doctors, scientists cannot harm others for the sake of their own progress. Anything that is earned through this method is usually, and I say usually when I really hope it’s ALWAYS, disregarded. This isn’t just physical harm, but psychological harm, as well.
… Victor, man, come on! Can you at least do this?
No, he can’t. Not only are the body parts that make up the monster harvested from the graves of the dead, which he justifies by saying they were criminals and murderers, but once the creature is alive, it proceeds to murder everyone close to Victor himself.
Yeah, good idea with the using of the body parts from dead murderers. Seems to have worked out just great. Also, those murderers probably have mothers, man; did you even think about that? Maybe their mothers even came around the next day to put flowers next to the grave, only to fall into it and die.
Who’s the murderer now?
3. SCIENTISTS TAKE CREDIT
… Even when the idea does eventually pan out to be terrible, like in the case of Thomas Midgley, Jr., the man who single-handedly destroyed the Ozone layer.
Victor, on the other hand, immediately disowns his creation as soon as it draws breath. The damn thing didn’t even want to be invited to this crazy shindig called life, and as soon as he shows up with a bowl of Jello, he is screamed at and told to leave. Talk about mixed signals.
Victor refuses to acknowledge what he has done even when his life is torn apart by the bastard abomination he had the gall to create!
Should he keep his job? Verdict!
Hell no! Victor is more the monster than the monster he creates. When he finally starts to own up to what he has done, it’s too late, as everyone else is very, utterly, dead.
Victor is one of the smartest dumb characters I’ve seen in literature. His job should be one that reflects his ability to create something no one ever wanted and that is, in fact, killing people.
Victor is now the CEO of Monsanto.
Nick Mazmanian is the author of Where Monsters Lie & Other Tales, and when he isn’t banging away at the keyboard writing stories or emptying his thoughts onto his website, Ironcladwords.com, he can be found working on a multitude of projects that range from video games to podcasts about Batman to YouTube shorts to adventuring into the wide world with his wife and dog. You can also find him on Twitter.
Originally posted on 8/7/15.