The reading foreshadows the end of the lives of the characters. This is evident in instances of Gothic portraits in the foul weather, the monster’s mystical abilities, and the choice of words in Victor’s narration. Victor is fearful for having failed to honor his promise to the monster but ignores the monster’s threats. He however regrets his actions after the monster makes real his threats by killing Cleaval. He confesses to the magistrate of the monster’s actions who fails to believe this fantastic story and concludes that Victor is indeed insane. The monster’s actions on his threats mark the climax of the novel as he denies Victor the joy of having friends and family. Consequently, Victor loses his humanity as he assumes the conduct of the monster in his quest for revenge.
It is fascinating that Victor’s ambition to be a creator tortures him eventually. His desire to bring human beings back to life is depicted in the creation of the monster and not in his wife, Elizabeth. Rather than remaining the creator and thus the master, he becomes a slave to his creation, the monster. The end of the novel contradicts greatly with Victor’s catastrophe in the pursuit of knowledge, thereby warning the reader against the stretchy pursuit of knowledge. The reader appreciates the need to soberly quench the thirst for knowledge and avoid becoming excessively ambitious. The death of Victor reinforces the theme of loss and sorrow as the monster assumes Victor’s position of a compassionate human. Although the monster succeeds in his quest for revenge, he is guilty of creating a cycle of violence and ultimately expresses regret. The author employs symbols such as light and darkness to depict the closing of the novel.