Examples Of Monstrosity In Frankenstein

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With more broadcasting of evil each day, the question; “what makes a monster” is often asked. Monstrosity is the state or fact of being monstrous. Monstrous by definition can mean having a frightening opinion, extremely large, or a person who is outrageously evil. Many artists and journalist have tried to tackle the question, though two authors in particular stand out. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses the hideous looks of the monster along with the average looks of Victor to show her readers that monstrosity comes from within. In The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde uses the beauty of Dorian to communicate appearance is meaningless when it comes to monstrosity. Mary Shelley utilizes the actions of Victor and the creation to equally judge monstrosity rather than have the appearance of one cloud it. In the book when the creation discovers that victor abandoned him because of his appearance he realizes that he will never be loved. After the monster’s failed attempt at making friends with the people in the cottage he becomes vengeful. Because of the creation’s relentless rejection he declares; “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”(Shelley 17). That is the turning point for the creation. Before he experienced rejection he was keen on the idea of love, similar to all humans. All he wanted was to be loved. But because all he ever knew was hate, he became a product of it. Had Victor nurtured him and taught him what love was, he wouldn’t have done the cruel things he
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