Essay On Victor And The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the characters of Victor and the monster in order to support the idea that humanity needs other people to define themselves in today’s world. Without having connections and relationships the idea of being able to define oneself, or even another person, is harder. Today’s society is based on the fact that humanity survives because of these important connections and relationships. Without other people living near each other in this world, people have trouble making positive connections. The monster needs other people for him to define himself. Since the monster is created, not born or raised, by body parts of others humans he has no idea about how humans operate. When the monster is first created…show more content…
Especially since his self-identity is based on him being a very learned man. Also, the monster does not have a mate, therefore he has no one to share his thoughts, sorrows, or hopes with. All the monster wants is someone who can reach those so-called requirements because “no Eve soothed [his] sorrow nor shaped [his] thoughts” (Shelley 120). The monster is the Adam and all he desires is an Eve. There is nobody for him to bounce ideas off of, no basic reinforcements, he is alone. Lack of connection is what really prevents the monster from being able to define himself as nice, kind, and personable because people react negatively when they see him. When he wants to get to know the DeLacey family better they take one look at him and strike him “violently with a stick” (Shelley 124). People do not even take the time to meet him they just set and assume. In Frankenstein, using her main characters Victor and the monster, Mary Shelley is able to help set stone what humanity needs. The three things humanity needs are communication, relationships, and the ability to define oneself. Relationships rely on communication and to communicate easier it is better to know yourself. Humanity needs people and connections in our lives to better understand themselves and the world
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