The concept of prejudice has plagued the human race for generations on end, and even with the progression into the 21st century, the ideas of prejudice explored in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein still remain relevant today. Prejudice is a destructive force that erodes the natural goodness in beings and ultimately propagates negative repercussions. The social stigma of ugliness and deformity reinforces the image of “the other” and eventually breeds injustice and misery. Beauty should not be equated with goodness, or ugliness with evil as this inhibits one’s ability to make an informed decision about an individual’s character and encourages preconception.
What does it mean to be human? A question that has plagued both scientists and philosophers for thousands of years, it has no definitive answer. While humans can be defined as members of the homosapien species, they can also be interpreted as an elite group of self-aware, rational animals. Another frame of reference can be attached to the definition of humans, such as social mammals that possess the capability to reason, use technology, and speak. The quality of a human life is established based on the way one uses their ability to make decisions and judgments as people are intended to make relationships and connections with one another.
Humans are interesting beings with amazing mental capabilities and complex social structures. Throughout our evolution we have relied heavily on our ability to communicate, our ingenuity flourishing through working together to achieve a common goal, finding strength in numbers through bonding - forming attachments with those around us. From an ethological perspective these attachments function biologically to ensure survival. As infants, we have an innate desire to seek proximity with caregivers in order to ensure our wellbeing. We come equipped with the ability to communicate distress through crying and socially interact through smiling, gazing, and various nondescript vocalizations.
As humans, we have a connection to people of the world based solely on our physical and chemical makeup of being a living, breathing human being. These bonds are almost instinctual; Being humans is something that we all relate too and experience every day, some experiences differ from others, but all needs are similar. We as people of this earth depend on human connections and interactions to fulfill our need for emotional well-being. There are many different versions of this relationship we seek, some stemming from blood connections like family or even just strangers that we have a common interest with. However, what connects more people than all others I believe is what we call culture.
The human is described as a social being, like all mammals and birds. In the sense that it interacted permanently with members of his sex to form complex social relations, resulting in a hierarchy or social structure, leading to the overall form of the system known as the community. This social interaction is not only important to the formation of society, it is also a necessary human need to maintain mental and physical health. The decrease of social interaction, through social isolation or loneliness, leads to negative physical and psychological health consequences, Early. This fact has recently been confirmed by the results of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted by scientists at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at the University College London.
The human condition encompasses negative and positive aspects of being a human, but some do not realize that the positives and negatives come intertwined. One cannot speak of a single aspect without involving the rest. Three aspects of the human condition include conflict, growth and death. Surprisingly they go hand in hand. Choice makes us human.
The definition of what it means to be human is not clearly defined in the world today, because there is not an exact measure of what it means to be human. In the post-apocalyptic world of the novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the definition of what it means to be human is in question. With the creation of humanoid robots, it is difficult to distinguish between them and humans. Philip K. Dick establishes a boundary between being human and inhuman to show that humans should show empathy toward everything in the world. This theory Dick has about what it means to be human is clear in the comparison between the most human characters Isidore and Iran, and the dynamic character of Deckard throughout the novel.
As the question consist of an analogical argument, so, I will divide this essay into three parts. I am going to define is that human are animals first, describe the rights we have and then using the Kant’s anthropocentric views, Peter Singer’s specialism, Tom Regan’s views on animal right and some examples, to give a full picture in order to support my stance. In my opinions, I strongly agree that all human are animals, but, there are some differences between the human and animals mentally. Thus, I agree with the statement of “animals also have rights”.
“I now also began to collect the materials necessary for my new creation, and this was to me like the torture of single drops of water continually falling on the head” -Found on page 193 This passage is an example of a simile because Frankenstein compares gathering information about his project to torture. Mary Shelly wrote this section as a simile because she wanted to convey that something simple, gathering notes and talking to professors, could be a horrible experience. It shows how much Frankenstein does not want to perform this favor he promised to the monster. To compare his task to something so extreme and specific shows how much it is taring away at Frankenstein, his moral struggle and inner turmoil.
The monster’s soul, designed to be human-like, corrupts as his acts of kindness are treated with hate and malice. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the monster causes suffering and harm to others due to the injustice and harm inflicted upon the monster’s well intentioned actions. Since the monster’s creation, he isn’t guided through what is right or wrong, and his appearances prevent him from establishing rapport with other humans. When the monster tells Victor about his first feelings upon being created, he states “I saw, felt, heard, and smelt at the same time; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses” (Shelley 70). The monster is similar to a child since