This story centers around the conflict between the monster wanting to be good like the family he watches in the woods and also wanting to seek revenge on his maker and other humans because of the way they treat him. He especially wants his maker to feel pain because his own creator rejects him. The monster’s sole desire is to have loving, positive interactions with humans. However, the monster is unable to find anyone that will accept him. Based on the way the author portrays the monster’s behavior, he may not be the real monster in this story.
The Monster also said “And that’s humanity in a nutshell” describing of how no one would ever accept him because everyone was so self absorbed and in it to kill it instead of being inclusive. This also was
Love seems to be all he seeks, but he gets his feelings hurt when people reject and talk about him. The Monster should have to go through the bad experiences, if people would treat him with respect and and not judge him. Love and attention are the key factors that all children should experience from their parents. The Monster did not experience the love and that is what led him to being the victim in
And for said knowledge and glory, Victor goes above and beyond for it; even resorting to grave robbing to create, 'the glorious creature'. He becomes obsessed, moody and temperamental; distancing himself from family and friends and seeking the beauty of nature. The creature, on the other hand 'grew up', so to speak, alone and abandoned. There was nothing but hate and horror for the creature. The monster was abandoned by his mother, Victor because of fear and revulsion.
Although he comes with friendly intentions, the Monster is treated violently and with contempt, essentially being forced into his alienation to survive and becoming the “monster” he is already thought of as a result. The Monster’s actions are a response to the treatment he has received from others, everyday villagers and Victor alike. With little known about his origins and no way to explain himself, there is no hope for the Monster to assimilate himself. This is present in other characters of the novel as well, for example, Richard Walton, who has self-alienated in order to gain distinction and knowledge. The Monsters origins and appearance develop these themes of alienation throughout the novel, themes that are further developed by other characters and play an important role in delivering the message of
The creature was as helpless as a baby, he had no sense of right and wrong. His nature did not help him very much, by making him feel dreadful about himself, the people around him felt the same exact way he felt about them. The themes nature and nurture fit into the argument of the growth and actions of the Monster, they both play a crucial role in the Monster's murderous temper. The Monster’s general personality was all he sees and hears around him, which connects to the concept of nature . He copies what others do around him; like a baby, he can only act in ways he has been self-taught.
Secondly, he was abused by the creator and the people with their words and actions done to the monster. If they would treat the monster properly as an equal, none of the killings would happen in the book. Third, he was
His very existence is blasphemous and hideous, and he knows that, and it hurts him every moment of every day. Even then, however, he still tries to ease the pain in his life, and when he is refused even this by Frankenstein, he desires only revenge. If Frankenstein had never blasphemed against nature he would never have forced a poor monster to such a horrid life and thus never would have caused him to lose so much. It is also pivotal to remember that he did not just lose his family, but by creating such a monster he loses his place amongst humanity as he says “I had no right to share their intercourse. I had unchained an enemy among them, whose joy it was to shed blood, and to revel in their groans” (pg. 188).
"Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?" (M. Shelly 114). Therefore the daemon's nature must be loving and compassionate, but because he experienced a lack of nurturing, that he was expecting to receive from his creator, Frankenstein, this then caused the daemon to be monstrous and seek revenge upon his creator; therefore Frankenstein's pain was a result of his own failures. The character of Frankenstein argues that both nature and nurture influences the behavior of people through his actions against his very own monster and in turn the effect of those actions on himself. Frankenstein left the monster alone, and the monster reacted for seeking that Frankenstein should feel just as much loneliness and woe and he did by killing off his entire family.
The creature’s mental knowledge is very small-minded and intolerant, causing his understanding of justice to be exceedingly narrow. The monster’s isolation from society is forced by its fate. Nobody could with handle the hideous looks given by the creature 's appearance, this made it nearly impossible for the creature to have any interaction with any sort of human. To illustrate, the creation said while reciting his tale to Victor “And what was I?
This is reinforced by the rhetorical question that serves to convince Walton that the Monster hated having to turn to violence. In both situations, a friendly and accepting hand could have led both monsters to happiness and kindness, but the lack thereof sparked the violence. Grendel and the Monster from their respective works, Gardner’s Grendel and Shelley’s Frankenstein, find themselves with no companionship, nobody to share in their joys or sorrows, which leads to violence being taken out on those who rejected them; if those victims had initially accepted and loved Grendel and the Monster, this would not have
The creature can be viewed sympathetically in several ways. The creature is a victim of his environment and it is not his fault he was created and abandoned by his creator due to his scary looks leaving him scared, homeless, all alone to fend for himself. “I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property”;” I was hideously deformed and loathsome” (Shelly, 107). The creature was born in a world that wasn’t accepting of him because he was judge by his scary appearance and not recognized as a person. People would be afraid and run away from him.
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. Again because of his appearance, in which Victor created him with, many people often created similar reactions to that of this man.
In the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, there are many different themes that one may find. I believe that one of the most important themes in this book is humanization and acceptance. One of the main qualities that us humans have and what separates us from many other species is what connects us to one another our feelings. Most species are fighting everyday just to live, but we live our life through our emotions. We want to be wanted and accepted, have companionship, friendships, and a partner to spend our life with.
Carter Eckhardt CP Eng IV 3rd hr. November 11, 2015 Science - Knowledge - Responsibility A recurring theme in “Frankenstein” is the pursuit of scientific discovery and knowledge. Through the main events of the book this pursuit is responsible indeed; through his quest to find out the secrets of creation, Victor Frankenstein builds and designs his monster.