Instead of realizing that he achieved his goal of bringing life to an inanimate body he runs way because of how hideous it is. "Never did I behold a vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling hideousness. I shut my eyes involuntarily" (Shelley 228). Even Walton is repulsed by the creature’s
The creature was never named, cared for, and even loved. Appearance is a major theme in the novel because that is why he was never named, Victor was disgusted by his looks and abandoned him. “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even YOU turned from me in disgust?” (insert chapter) The creature was shocked when he first saw how wretched and hideous he was. He was watching the beautiful De Lacey family, and was horrified when he saw his appearance.
However, while the monster’s isolation is forced upon him by others, Frankenstein isolates himself, creating insurmountable social deficits. The monster’s isolation comes from the fear of the villagers reaction to his appearance. They react in a strongly negative manner towards him, so he relates society to being cruel to him. As well, Frankenstein abandoning his hours old creation due to fear and disgust deeply impacts the monster’s ability to interact with others. Victor Frankenstein’s isolation is self-inflicted.
Creature’s looks inhibited his capability of fitting into society despite his civilized manner. In his solitude, Creature built up the hatred he possessed for Frankenstein for giving him such an ungodly appearance, denying him a positive place in the social order. The same looks horrified Frankenstein to the extent of abandoning Creature to live on his own,
Society is well-known for pushing those who are outsiders or strange away from society. This is prevalent to the examples in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. The monster who was created by Victor Frankenstein who wanted to be the first to create life was appalled by the sights of the his creation. Frankenstein’s monster is judged based on his appearances and is often ostracized by society, just as anyone in modern day society can be shunned or pushed away due to their looks or how they think. The most outstanding example of ostracism that occurred throughout the novel is based on the monster’s physical features and structure.
The humans classify Grendel as a “monster” but does this mean he truly is one? From reading Grendel, I took away that he let society's idea of himself captivate who he thought he really was. Grendel had the potential and the curiosity to be harmless, but he let the powerful words and actions of the humans, the Shaper, and the dragon take over his thoughts. In a way, the humans were just as much monsters in this book for not accepting Grendel, and making him become the monster he was. If the humans were to accept Grendel and they were able to understand each other, prevention of further catastrophes probably could have been
The monster depicts his otherness when he wonders: “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned” (Shelley 85). The monster evidently remains in isolation and is dehumanized. The monster attempts to get integrated into his society but his appearance and lack of social skills hinder his success. The monster strives to be accepted but is incapable of acceptance. The monster reiterates this feeling of isolation as he says: “I felt as if I were placed under a ban- as if I had no right to claim their sympathies – as if never more might I enjoy companionship with them” (Shelley 108).
In the novel Frankenstein, both Victor Frankenstein and his monster live tragic lives. Between the death of Victor’s loved ones and the monster having nobody to love him in the first place, it becomes difficult to decide who really deserves the most pity. Although it may seem that victor lost more, his misery does not compare to that of the monster’s. Because the monster was ridiculed by society for his appearance and had no one to connect to, the monster deserves the most pity. The monster deserves the most pity due to his rejection from society.
When the Creature is first created Victor Frankenstein is disgusted and explains that “breathless horror and disgust filled his heart”(Ch.V; pg 51). The hard work put into this creature did not receive the sense of relief and accomplishment it deserved from Victor as its creator. Instead, without even knowing or learning about the Creature, Victor is filled with hatred demonstrating the malice in humanity. In addition, the Creature presents itself to the cottagers in hopes of acceptance and welcome. However, the cottagers immediately were frightened and struck the Creature.
Therefore, when we a take a closer look at the Monster, we can easily recognize that he becomes more dangerous after he is abandoned by everyone and is alienated by society. I believe most of us are proud of our succeed in doing what people have not done before even though the results are not good as we expected. However, as the inventor of the Creature, Victor already does an impossible thing. Instead of being satisfied with his creature, he is disappointed because of its ugly appearance. Obviously, Victor’s attitude indirectly affects to the Creature personalities.
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.
This quote said by Frankenstein, gave proof that he believed that the monster he created, was pointless. Also, the monster 's appearance leads many to believe that its behavior is immoral and ruthless. One of the most memorable reactions from the book is the reaction of the old man in the hut. "...perceiving me [the monster] shrieked loudly, and quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly seemed capable." The man ran because he believed that the monster was about to hurt him, from the monster 's gruesome appearance, the man automatically assumed the monster was evil.