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.
Victor ran only because he thought the Creature was hideous. “I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as Dante could not have conceived (36).” At this point, the Creature was just a baby who had the physical capabilities of a superhero. The health and survival of any baby is dependent on social interactions. Without the proper knowledge of anything, especially companionship, the Creature was forced to live a lonely and depressing life. Perhaps, in this novel, Shelley was hinting that the monster like qualities shown by both Victor and Frankenstein are ones that often plague the human race.
Society’s Refusal of Acceptance The never-ending debate on nature versus nurture— in which living beings become who they are through genetics, or their upbringing— is commonly cited in trying to decipher why living beings do the things they do. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shelley casts blame onto society for its refusal to accept, and nurture, a creature like that of the Monster. Despite the Monster’s actions— which show care and kindness towards others— he is continuously shunned and battered for his appearance, which is the utmost reason for his murderous conclusion. Throughout the novel, Shelley has the Monster meet various people in different settings, but with similar results. These encounters shape how the Monster is nurtured into
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 dehumanisation of creations is not only influenced by their lack of names: their hideous also contributes to this. The Creature and Hyde are continuously described as deformed and hideous, which acts as a barrier between them and society, because those who are deformed cannot be seen to be accepted. “Seeing how ugly and ‘hideous’ his creation is once he has animated it, Victor abandons it in horror.” Özdemir states that Frankenstein only abandons the Creature due to the hideousness of his form, which aids his dehumanisation, further influenced by his ostracisation by the DeLaceys and the rest of society. The Creature’s identity links with Cooley’s ideas of a ‘Looking Glass Self’ - his view of himself “comes from the contemplation of personal qualities and impressions of how others perceive us” which presents his identity as being shaped by the constraints of society, and the idea that each society will eventually grow to contain someone similar to him as, even nowadays, society doesn’t accept all. Indeed, Said suggests that “neither Muslims nor Arabs nor any of the other dehumanized lesser peoples recognise themselves as human beings” in the eyes of others and therefore retaliate in order to prove themselves.
Their personality, usually described as melancholy when readers compares it to the protagonist, or unpardonably vicious from their actions toward the civilians. Their existences were unwanted in their society, yet is the society whom created them. Monsters such as Grendel and Frankenstein’s monster emphasize the aspects of living, though their presence seems to be redundant to their society. In their respective societies, Grendel and Frankenstein’s monster had no one that is similar to them. Grendel had his mother, but he did not have the ability to communicate with the civilians.
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). The monster explains that he has worked hard to try to break the communication barrier with humans. He attains social skills that are similar to those of his human counterparts and is able to adequately communicate when speaking to a blind man, however, when the monster communicates with people that are not blind, they can only see his flaws in his appearance and are afraid of this monster. The monster is unable to conform to society and is prevented from being accepted by his peers. Conversely, Eliza is able to conform to society and is accepted by most of her peers: “I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always
When the monster ends up killing Frankenstein’s beloved brother due to resentment, one can argue that the creature’s actions are justified (55). The murders and immoral actions of Frankenstein’s monster are justified because he did not have a parental figure, was neglected by the general public,
At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am” (Shelley 101-102). After observing the cottagers and their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions, the creation feels unloved and unwanted. He realizes that in fact he is a monster, and he is filled with bitterness because he can’t live a happy life like the DeLacey’s. The creation learns to understand that he isn’t a normal human being, and instead of being loved and respected, he is treated like a monster. On the mountains of Chamonix he is talking to Victor and the Creation describes his appearance and the isolation it is causing him, stating to himself, ‘“God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance.
What is the point? Everyone has an erred of self-centeredness. It’s natural to take the world in from an internal perspective, but what happens when one’s perception of the outside world is deranged? Mary Shelley answers this question in depth in; Frankenstein. Shelley uses a flawed external perception to motivate a creature to commit horrible acts that in return inspire Victor Frankenstein to continue living and to tell his cautionary tale.
What makes a monster? Is monstrosity purely physical or is monstrosity a term used to denote immoral behavior? However one chooses to answer this question one must inevitably speak about the “monster” in relation to other beings in a given society at a particular time. In this essay I attempt to not only capture the “monster” as an engineered body, but also highlight the connection and possible tension between scientific knowledge and the morality of scientists and society during the Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment period. Traveling back in time to the 1700’s I will show readers that all that is needed to create a monster is an engineer, parts, a spark, society and a little science.
A monster is someone who is referred as “the ugly blacked faced man” (4) or “ grotesque “ (26) . A monster looks like a wild beast that everyone fears because of their looks thinking they act like they look. But would if in reality people were blind because of this idea and were actually the true monster. The beast people in The Island Of Dr. Moreau Are seen as the monsters on the island because they were transformed from animal to human so they look like a beast which makes them a monster in human eyes. However humans need to look at themselves and decide if they are not the monster for creating the beast and treating them like dirt making you actions more of a monster then the beast people who don 't even hunt or eat meat.
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.
People thought of him just to be a monster, but if you really knew him from the inside you would know it wasn’t true. He probably had more emotions than humans themselves. Frankenstein was just a clueless monster. All humans saw was a monster though, and this would lead frankenstein to actually become a monster. He was broken that his creator left him so he was confused on what he was.