In both novels Frankenstein and The Handmaids Tale the question of what it means to be human is a reoccurring theme in which emphasizes the passions and desires every individual may have... There are both dark and bright sides of being human as overcontrolling passions may lead to madness, distress, and use of violence. Victor 's overpowering passion for knowledge led to him doing the extreme by playing God and bringing a creature to life in a world where it would never be accepted as society tends to only accept humans that are visually appealing- as for society what it means to be human depends mainly on the outer appearance. The monster wanted nothing more but compassion and human contact, something babies desire for the most, but since …show more content…
Society would never accept him as society treats outcast and people that are any 'different ' atrociously. The monster acquired books of "Paradise Lost", "Plutarch 's Lives" and "The Sorrows of Werter", which "gave him extreme delight" as he studied and exercised his mind. When he came across the DeLacey family, hope sparked inside of him as he believed he would finally be accepted by at least a small part of society. Intelligently enough the monster made his move and approached the blind old man, in which he knew wouldn 't be able to see him or judge him by his distorted appearance. He finally grasps the chance into talking to the old man, De Lacey and he acknowledges that if he fails in being accepted by them he will be "an outcast in the world for ever". The creatures first encounter with a human being only proves how humane it is, despite his horrid appearance as the old man is delighted with him "I am blind, and cannot judge of your countenance but there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere". However, the younger citizens of the cottage enter and the creature is back to square one as they immediately react defensively against it- conveying how the creature will never be accepted with such distorted appearance since it is immediately identified as inhumane and …show more content…
The suffocating society of Gilead is presented where individualism is completely taken away from them, and what it means to be human has been completely eroded away from what we know today. To be human today means, to be honest, affectionate, caring, understanding and to have passions. However, being too passionate for something only leads to chaos as seen through Victor 's overpowering desire for knowledge that led to chaotic results. Offred 's identity and individualism have been completely stripped away from her as he legal rights, name and clothes have been destroyed. She 's just another cog in a machine as she is labeled as a handmaid, only valued for her "viable ovaries". Atwood evidently shows that being human means rebelling and resisting any system imposed on you as it is in our nature to go against a system we don 't agree on and are pressurized to be a part of. Offred silently resists the system, in contrast to Moira that rebels against it openly and loudly as she fought for her individualism. Moira presents a more honest and abrupt human that has a passion for freedom as she goes against the whole system imposed on them. Being human in this novel means being different as an individual, however, this is very hard to achieve as the totalitarian government of
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Despite a 164 year contextual barrier, both Shelley’s Frankenstein and Scott’s Blade Runner foreshadow humanity’s downfall through employing predictions of the future to make social commentaries about their society in its context. Through concurrent study of both texts as reflections of their respective romantic and postmodern contexts, (universal ideas associated with humanities ambition for scientific knowledge and the erosion of morality stemming from humanity’s flawed nature and greed are espoused/we come to a heightened understanding of the significant dangers due to humanity’s greed and flawed nature through humanities ambition for scientific knowledge and the erosion of morality.) Written at the turn of the industrial revolution, Shelley
From the moment the Monster is created by Victor, he is treated as an outsider and is excluded from participtating in communal interaction. Despite the neglect he faces, the monster continues to attempt to integrate himself fully into human acknowledgement, but when anyone lays sight on the creature, he is immediately shunned and falls into outcast status. However, the only character that accepts the monster wholly is De Lacey, a blind old man who lives in the forest all by himself, who is also shunned by society, particularly his family, who has had similar experiences to the monster. De Lacey’s blindness is a blight on his family, drawing comparisons to how the moster’s
This is one of the biggest turning points in the movie that we see in the Creature. The Creature could have learned from the experience and has not turned evil but he did not learn why problems are there. That is why The Last Lecture is a perfect book for the Creature to
It is apparent that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner share many thematic similarities. One of these themes is the idea of humanity, “What makes someone human?” In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the idea of humanity is often teased with the creature. Victor sees the creature as an “abomination” and rejects him because of his imperfection/ monstrosity. Because of the creature’s appearance he is rejected by society, often being met with shrieks and horror.
Progressing through the story, the monster, led by hunger, stumbles on a village. His naïve delight causes him to “…enter [a cottage], but I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted… some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones… I fearfully took refuge in a low hovel…” (Shelley 136). Even as the creature shows the best intentions, the residents reprimand with hostility.
In his attempt to assimilate, the Creature begins to learn language and admire the concept of a family and forms the same human desires that people possess: a family, a companion, a home, and an identity. However, as he tries to interact with people, he learns that his ugly appearance prevents him from integrating into society. The elements of the Gothic are present here, as the Creature's isolation is a principal trope of Gothic fiction. According to Ashley Craig Lancaster’s text, “From Frankenstein's Monster to Lester Ballard: The Evolving Gothic Monster,” “…the Monster drifts away from society as a creature driven first by kindness, then by hatred, and finally by desperation, only to continue to live alone” (Lancaster 139).
The Creature says, “I revolved many projects; but that on which I finally fixed was, to enter the dwelling when the blind man should be alone”(Shelley 174). The Creature proceeds to do what is said in the quote, thinking the old man will speak to him without any issues. Though he is correct, when the family of this man returns, the Creature is once again shunned; this time he is rejected by the family he has one sidedly connected
In the film “The Curse of Frankenstein”Victor Frankenstein was different from the character in Shelley’s novel. He was not as bad as the he was in the film. He did not focus on killing people to achieve his goal. The only close similarity to the original story is the monster with ugly and horrible appearance. Frankenstein the monster awakes from the moment was found to be very aggressive and evil.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus has to choose between going near Scylla or Charybdis, but both are incredibly dangerous; even so, he decides to go near Scylla. However, by going near Scylla he has lost six of his companions, although if he went near Charybdis all his companions would perish. In this scenario, Odysseus chooses Scylla as the lesser of two evils. Similarly, in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley when deciding whether Victor Frankenstein, or the creature is a bigger monster, it is clear that both have committed absolutely abhorrent actions in their lives; nonetheless, the creature is the lesser of two evils in this instance. Furthermore, we must understand the underlying similarity and evil that both of them have been responsible, either directly or
Offred is suspicious of what the handmaid 's did. She looks at their hands, and a clue is given to her when she sees “black gloves”(Atwood 275). She ponders what they could have possibly done to have warranted such action from the authorities. Her speculation shows how the society of Gilead functions. The government of Gilead wants the handmaids to see that the prisoners are being hanged, as their suspicion is how Gilead gains control of them.
The monster started his life with good intentions when he met the family in the cottage next door. Seeing his neighbor’s kindness, he “cleared their path from the snow, and performed those offices that I had seen done by [the family]” (103). This shows how, despite the monster’s appearance, he is willing to help others in need. The monster knows his appearance affects the way people see him, but he also knows the value of aiding his neighbors.
Offred initially feels a sense of loss due to her position as a fertile woman since the independence and individuality she once enjoyed has since been stripped from her by the Republic of Gilead. It is only through rebellion that Offred is able to slowly regain her sense of self and reject the role that Gilead forces her into. By rebellion, however, it is often more dangerous for the perpetrators than to the government’s grip on the people. Offred’s societal role as a handmaid in Gilead forces her to first obey, then causes her to question, which finally allows her to realize her
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood demonstrates a quizzical protagonist, Offred, in a dystopian, totalitarian society where fertile women are only a mere vessel for child birth. Every month during Offred’s menstrual cycle her Commander, Fred, and his wife Serena Joy perform detached intercourse while Serena holds Offred’s hands. The handmaids of the Republic of Gilead are not allowed to use their mind for knowledge nor take part in formal society. They are but the vacuous-minded property to their Commanders and their infertile wives. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred discloses the day to day moments and her commicalOffred had once lived in a world where she was her own person with a job and a home with a family of her own but now she lives under unfortunate circumstances that disable her from being a true, soulful human.
In Margaret Atwood’s novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Moira is depicted as the symbol for resistance to authority and represents hope to the Handmaids. Atwood presents her as a polar opposite to Offred. She is independent, strong-willed, and outspoken. Conversely, the pair can be argued to be doubles in the fact that they both ‘resist’ to the oppressive Republic in Gilead.
Since the collapse, Offred has little to comfort her because of her lack of freedom. However, as time goes on this new way of life became her normal. In both societies women were oppressed in some ways, but the way in which Gilead did seemed so insane because it was merely a new idea. To impose this subjectivity they used different means. Firstly, they use a certain type of language, event the absence language, to maintain the oppression of women.