A until the passing of his mother that Victor

A popular theme in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is the role of beauty and ugliness. Throughout all of the characters we are introduced to in the novel, most of them are affected by others perception of them due to their beauty or ugliness. The popular idea of inner beauty and outer beauty, is non existent. What you see on the outside, is reflected on the inside. Characters who are deemed ugly because of their looks, have cruel and nasty personalities to match. In this essay I will argue that Victor Frankenstein’s downfall takes a toll on not only his sanity, but also his appearance and the Creature’s beauty becoming non existent as people continue to judge him for his ugliness.In the beginning of the novel, Victor reflects on his past and his childhood. Victor lived a good, full life in his early years. “No youth could have passed more happily than mine. My parents were indulgent, and my companions amiable. Our studies were never forced; and by some means we always had an end placed in view.” (Shelley, 67) This quote reveals to the reader Victor’s family background, he was surrounded by love and support. Victor also refers to Elizabeth as his friend, who he loved very much; Elizabeth was one of those people everyone loved, she was beautiful on the inside and outside. Everyone adored Elizabeth. (Shelley, 66) Victor was surrounded by positive, loving people and did not grow up in a bad or negative environment. It was not until the passing of his mother that Victor became interested in death, the life cycle, to find answers and make discoveries.As the novel progresses so does Victor, he becomes more and more obsessed with life and determined to answer his own questions. “From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation.” (Shelley, 77) The desire to know more drives Victor to insanity. Victor puts the rest of his life on hold, ignoring everything other than his creation. “The same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent.” (Shelley, 81) Victor begins ignoring those around him as well as his own health and wellbeing for his creation, he isolates himself and loses all track of time. Victor’s obsession takes over him.When Victor began creating the creature he imagined something beautiful, what he created was the opposite. In the beginning, the creature was a kind soul, but time after time people would judge him based on his looks and this caused anger and fury within him “His yellow skin… his hair was of a lustrous black.. his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes… his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.” (Shelley, 83). In this quote, the creature is described solely based on his looks and not his personality or character traits. This is a trend throughout the novel as people continue to judge him negatively. This builds anger and animosity within the creature. He decides to take it upon himself to take his frustration out on others by strangling and murdering them.Victor creates life known as the “Creature”, although the creature is not good he is evil and cruel. Victor’s obsession with bringing the dead back to life takes a toll on his health, he is consumed in uncovering the unknown. This quest drives Victor to self destruction. “So soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind. I was anxious and watchful.” (Shelley, 197) Victor’s mind eventually takes over and becomes too much for him to handle, Victor’s downfall is clearly represented when Victor dies on Captain Walton’s ship in the Arctic Ocean.Once Victor is dead, the creature is left alone and bitter. He is found by Walton crying over Victor’s body. The creature then leaps from the ship through the window and onto an iceberg never to be seen again.  “But soon I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt.” (Shelley, 221) Overall, both the creature and Victor face their death or disappearance at the end of the novel. On one hand, Victor brought this upon himself through his own selfishness and obsession when creating the creature. The creature turned out evil and cruel due to the actions of others, making him furious. Victor dies with his friend Walton present, whereas the creature is left completely isolated and alone. The sole person the creature had in his life was his creator Victor. Although the creature and Victor had very similar outcomes at the end of the novel, their reasons and personal background could not be more different.Overall, Victor’s curiosity and interest in bringing the dead back to life is the source behind his madness. Victor’s desires eventually lead to the creation of the creature which ultimately leads to his self destruction. In the case of Victor Frankenstein, inner beauty and outer beauty are non existent. The creature starts out with the intention of being beautiful, but falls short when others point out his flaws. This drives the creature to ultimate madness and a killing streak. The way Victor and the monster feel on the inside is shown on the outside as Victor drives himself mad and the creature to absolute isolation and loneliness.