Finding Identity In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Many factors of life help create our identity, but it depends on how we let things affect us. We start with a blank slate and as life goes on we form ourselves. Sometimes we try so hard to change or prove our identity to someone we tend to forget our own identity while we look for acceptance. For example in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the monster that Dr.Frankenstein created has trouble finding his identity, and acceptance. We have an identity, but we all have different factors that play into our lives, like family, education, and sometimes people have no identity.
Our identity starts to form right when we are born into this world. Our parents raise us and love us, but the monster never had a childhood that could help him develop
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One example is when the monster is just starting to get a feel of the world he is living in, and he just feels lost “And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. The moster is feeling completely uncomfortable in his own skin and has no conception on who he is. He has nothing to hold onto because he is just there with nothing valuable to him, he doesnt have anything. The monster is observing who he is so he does not feel comepletely unrecognizable to himeself “These thoughts exhilarated me and led me to apply with fresh ardour to the acquiring the art of language. My organs were indeed harsh, but supple; and although my voice was very unlike the soft music of their tones, yet I pronounced such words as I understood with tolerable ease” (Shelley 103). The monster is viewing himself as a compassionate person on the inside but it is overcome by his awful looks. Sometimes not knowing who you are can be one of the worst feelings, especially when you have nobody by your side ti figure it out, in this case the monsters situation. This makes it especially hard because you dont even know yourself, he is just trying to figure his identity
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