Alienation And The Creature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, is a novel that explores to answer the questions that many philosophers have pondered upon. This book is mostly famous for the richness of ideas it asks mankind to confront—how the uneducated and deprived people are treated, how knowledge could be used for good and evil, and how the influence of technology affects mankind. The novel is about Victor Frankenstein, who is a young, talented scientist obsessed with discovering the secret of creating life. While studying in a university, he works alone in his apartment and creates a living being by recycling old body part from deceased people. At first, the creature created seems gentle and harmless, but because of its grotesque appearance, he is forced to hide away from civilization. This “Monster” feels frustrated and angry towards mankind, which leads him to seek revenge on his creator. The author presents an exceptional character in Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the Creature. They are almost like two halves of a…show more content…
Alienation is the common attribute between the two main characters. Victor Frankenstein is perhaps the only character that more or less chooses alienation by himself because of his desire for knowledge. In the end, Victor becomes the “prisoner of his own creation.” On the other hand, “The Monster” is from birth abandoned in solitude, it is the experiences the monster encounters in life that reflect his actions. The monster is greeted with disgust and violence even though he introduces himself with friendly intentions. By giving the Creature a voice, the reader can sympathize with the suffering caused by the humans. The characters in Frankenstein are all victims of loneliness and alienation. Neither of the characters chose to be in this situation, they are victims because of the actions of others, subsequently leaving them in the grip of
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