Sabrina Vazquez

Warren Montag in his essay, “The ‘Workshop of Filthy Creation’: A Marxist Reading of Frankenstein”, states that Mary Shelly, in her novel; utilizes Frankenstein’s monster to represent the working class’s revolt amid the French Revolution.  He claims that the “creature”, or proletariat, are the ‘unpredictable’ consequences of society’s reckless need to advance in science and technology; which on both accounts (Creature and Proletariat), did not end well, for others. This ideology validates the anger and frustration felt by both the “creature” and working class at the time. The “creature”, demonstrates that in an especially dark passage,

I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death. (123) (block quote, which I couldn’t indent on WordPress)

Initially the first noticeable aspect of this passage is the vehement frustration the creature feels. This is a somebody who I educated and has been driven to violence by his environment as well as the people in it. In saying that his “protectors” had broken “the only link”, it seems like he is saying they have at last broken him. In that fracture made by his “protectors”, which is ironic because they did anything but protect him, he found his only solution to be death and destruction.

The proletariat were the very real equivalent of Shelley’s tale. They much like the “creature”, were created out of a desperate want for advancement, and once created, they were ignored, and pushed aside. In their growing desperation for employment, which in the “creatures” case would be accompaniment, they both came across destructive and violent paths. They both let anger and hate get in their hearts, more so than that, they allowed pride to get the better of them. The “creature” stated he spent the rest of the day “in a state of utter and stupid despair.” (123), which could have been ignored, but in the haze of hate, anger, and pride, he, much like the proletariat took retribution into their own hands. Societies rush to progress quickly without care of the repercussions, led to the frustration and corruption of otherwise nice and intelligent people; which is presented in Victors creation, and corruption of his creation.