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FrankensteinWriting Prompt(Closing Statement: Prosecution)
Ladiesand gentlemen, before you start pointing fingers and accusing theCreature for his actions it is important to note that his existencelies solely in the efforts of the defendant, Victor Frankenstein, whocreated him in a bid to prove his scientific expertise. Frankensteindid not consider the fact that actions have consequences andtherefore is just an enemy unto himself. The Creature was createdwith a blank mind, what the philosophers refer to as Tabula Rasa andtherefore it was a Frankenstein’s responsibility to instill goodmorals in him. His pride, however, got in the way and his ignoranceis to blame for all the happenings.
Immediatelyafter his creation my client was neglected by the very same personwho had spent all his life trying to develop him. By fleeing,Frankenstein left the Creature to discover everything by himselfwithout any guidance, contrary to the defendant who boasts of a richchildhood but denied my client the same. The Creature recounts and Iquote “I was dependent on none and related to none”, yetFrankenstein was by law his legal guardian. Therefore the defendantshould be charged in order to face the repercussions of his doings.
Thedefendant should plead guilty of malpractice in exploring hisscientific agenda. Frankenstein displayed selfishness in executinghis mission to act Supreme Being. He used dead people to make thecreature and was unapologetic about it when he said “One man’slife or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement ofthe knowledge which I sought.” This shows just how lowly he regardsany form of life, including that of the Creature and should bestripped off the privilege of appraising himself as a scientist as hehas no value on the core foundation of science which is life and itsforms.
Myclient lacked in many ways as a social being and underwent seriousemotional and physical distress. Having learnt he looked differentfrom other human beings by seeing his reflection in water, theCreature was emotionally scarred and lacked a sense of identity. TheCreature laments “My person was hideous and my stature gigantic.What did this mean? Who was I? Whence did I come? What was mydestination?” These are torturous questions on the part of myclient and the defendant is fully to blame.
Thedefense may try to justify the defendant based on the murder ofpeople close to him including his wife by my client. In this case,however, these actions were prompted by Frankenstein. Revenge istherefore justifiable and is of no comparison with what theFrankenstein subjected my client who says “My protectors haddeparted and had broken the only link that held me to the world. Forthe first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom,and I did not strive to control them.”
Whetheror not my client acted impulsively, the fact remains thatFrankenstein had denied him the very beauty of life which involvesassociations with other like-minded individuals including family.Judging my client based on his physical appearance after Frankensteinhad gratified his desires in science was an evil in itself. “Areyou to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness”is my client’s thoughts and rooted question to Frankenstein whoshould face his mistakes.
Thelegitimacy of my propositions is unquestionable in this case and itis evident that my client is just a mere victim of circumstance. Theevents surrounding this case would have been well avoided hadFrankenstein been responsible. Let us not forget the fact thatFrankenstein was well aware of his actions, but disregarded theresults contrary to my client’s innocence. The correct verdict istherefore guilty.
Conway, Richard A. “Closing Statement.” Washington Post 14 November 2003.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. 1818. retrieved on 4th Dec 2014