The Monster also said “And that’s humanity in a nutshell” describing of how no one would ever accept him because everyone was so self absorbed and in it to kill it instead of being inclusive. This also was
The saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” it quite true in this case. The monster was not born evil. He tried over and over again to get people to see past his ugliness and into his heart but no one could see it. This changed the monster into a sad and lonely monster with nothing to live for. The treatments that others subjected him to made him evil.
It becomes evident that up until this point, although everyone else has perceived him as a monster, Frankenstein’s creation does not see himself as a monster. He has no reason to do so. People run away from him, at times screaming, but he does not understand why, for he brings no harm to them. However, in chapter 12, after observing Felix and Agatha’s appearances and comparing them to his own, he begins to be scared of his own reflection. He finally registers that he is different than them, and from here on out he “[becomes] fully convinced that [he is] in reality the monster”
Guilt can either be an emotion that makes a person feel remorse for his or her’s actions toward another, or can be the conduct involving the executions of such crimes and wrongs. In the novel, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, both definitions of guilt were the common theme. However, the main problem was whether the creature or the creator, Victor Frankenstein, were guiltier for their actions. The one presumed to be more guilty was Victor Frankenstein who created the monster in the first place causing his family pain and failed to take responsibility for the monster’s actions. Although he didn’t directly kill his family, the monster is guilty too.
In society today we feel the need to categorize everything we encounter in life but monsters are something we don’t understand and can’t categorize; the unknown is something that we fear because we as humans want to know about our surrounding to make sure of our safety. In Jeremy Jerome Cohen’s "Monster Culture: Seven Theses“ thesis 1: The Monster’s Body is a Cultural Body conveys the idea that monsters reflect a set fear, anxieties or desire in society. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a fear of the unknown the monster may bring to society.
Nature V.S. Nurture in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein Mary Shelly's Frankenstein discusses the nature of human begins, whether it is simply one's natural instinct to act maliciously or if it's one's surroundings and environment that impact their behavior. Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist of this intricate novel, answers this question in two ways, as both the product and the perpetrator of how it is both in the nature of a person, and their nurturing that develops their behaviors, and in the case of this plot, malicious behaviors. Since a young age Frankenstein desired knowledge, constantly seeking for greater wisdom, while his father did not care for this. His passion for learning wasn't something that his parents conditioned him into, and
When reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or The New Prometheus one might wonder about the original cause of all the tragedies that ensued after Victor Frankenstein completes the creation of his so-called monster. The word “monster” itself already deprives it of any dignity or basic rights as Peter Brooks explains that a monster etymologically is something “to be looked at” (Brooks 369), so merely a “circus sideshow” (Brooks 369) and not a feeling and thinking being. One only needs to pay attention to the words chosen when talking about Frankenstein’s creation. “Wretch”, “Villain” and “Fiend” are only three of the most used ones. This paper argues that prejudice and xenophobia in humanity play an essential part in the happenings told in Shelley’s work.
Science-fiction stories captivate human minds because they explore the dangers of the unknown, yet modern society discounts the ominous themes of science-fiction stories in favor of curiosity. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which developed the science-fiction genre, conveys its message by telling the somber story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Victor abandons his creation when he sees the monster’s disfigured physical appearance. The monster learns to understand his need for compassion and creates hell on earth for Victor and his loved ones because of his rejection from society, afterwords justifying his actions as a result of his misery. The warning that attempting to change the forces of nature will ultimately result in universal
In the novel Frankenstein, the author, Mary Shelley, communicates to modern readers the negative effect of prejudice for individuals and society by utilizing the characters of the creature, Mr. Delacey, and William. One of the ways that the novel portrays the negative effect of prejudice is society’s attitude toward the monster’s strange appearance. When the creature converses with Mr. De Lacey, a blind man, the monster and the resident find a level of mutual respect: "I am blind, and cannot judge of your countenance,
This quote shows that even though the creature does good, his benevolence is not rewarded in a positive way. The creature wouldn’t have been so angry and seeking vengeance if he was just accepted by his creator (Victor) or by society in general. I feel as though the creatures acts of evil and the crimes he committed could have been avoided if he was just shown compassion from Victor. I have sympathy for the monster in the sense that he was brought into the world basically set up to
The first, and possibly worst case of this is a result of the creation’s unnatural appearance. We are all aware of the amount of pressure society puts on us to look a certain way, and it is so much worse for the creation, seeing as he was not made in the same way we were. Mr. Frankenstein did not consider how the creation’s life would be affected by his unsightly appearance. Mr. Frankenstein caused the creation an immense amount of distress by removing any chance of the creation gaining acceptance into the human society. This caused even more distress once the creation discovered his appearance.