“Ever since I was condemned my confessor has besieged me; threatened and menaced, until I began to think that I was the monster he said I was….all I looked on me as a wretched doomed ignominy and perdition.” (Frankenstein Page 84).

In Frankenstein Justice dies in an unjust and predetermined death by her enemies. The passage above expresses some of the last words that Justine spoke. Revolution to the opposing class will always be seen with resistance and opposition. Justine died in the eyes of her enemies, that looked past her own pain and troubles. Her enemies who had very little evidence and even pre-destined her conviction. Thus, Justine’s character is the lower/poor working class that despite their attempts to overcome injustices such as low wages, labor alienation, child labor, etc mankind’s humanity was gone. Thus, Justine’s death can be seen as the death of justice for the working class/poor even in their suffering.

However, we also have others such as William Godwin who critiques the way in which the French Revolution deviated towards fear and violence. There is truth in William Godwin’s reflection which has pointed the masses to, “anxiously refrain from violence: force is not a conviction… let us reflect on the gradual consequences of this revolution in my opinion” (789-93). The French Revolution started off with violence from the start the masses revenge and pent-up frustrations led to the Reign of Terror. Violence gives in to more violence. The revolution was no longer about human rights instead it became a fight with their own people. Thus, in retrospect to the novel the Creature who was met with opposition and frustration decided toward revenge and violence. In doing so, Justine/justice dies in the process of his revenge. The fight was no longer about justice as the fire of revenge consumed the working class.

  • Karla Garcia Barrera