Common Trope In Frankenstein

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When one hears of atrocious deeds, there is a common gut reaction to uncover the background of the person who committed the crime. There is a psychological inclination to discover what exactly happened in a person's life to drive them to evil acts. People with more unfavorable upbringings tend to be regarded less severely for their wrongdoings. The novel, Frankenstein tackles this notion beautifully with the infamous character of Frankenstein's creature. The creature's life allows the reader to empathize with him as he suffers from the betrayal of his own creator, other human beings, lack of moral understanding, and utter hopelessness when he finally exacts his revenge. The titular character of Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's first published novel exemplifies the common trope of a mad scientist attempting to play God. In this case, Frankenstein evokes one of the original images of God; as a judge damning one of his angels to Hell, condemning his creation which he produced in order to achieve a life of glory and fame. The creature is unnamed and unacknowledged by his creator, forced into exile when he was just made due to his revolting appearance. Shelley's refusal to name the creature reinforces the morally ambiguous view of Frankenstein. Her characterization of the monster elicits pity, …show more content…

The only true kindness he experienced was in the form of De Lacey, one of the cottagers he observed for months. The creature perceives the cottagers as the epitome of human compassion and does tasks for them, unbeknownst, in order to garner affection from them when he reveals himself. However, his first and only direct meeting with the family ends with disaster. Driven from the house, the creature finally learns of the cruelty of man and realizes how grotesque he truly appears to people. Continuously denied and rejected, the creature is unable to fathom idea of generosity that he had witnessed in the

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