The creature originally stands as a mental and physical being with feelings and good intentions whether for himself or for others. However, society does not see the good in him, they only see the outside and react to his misleading appearance. While the persona of the creature is looked at as the “monster” in Frankenstein, the character’s personality, psychology, and nature well define him as a human being that deserves compassion and love as opposed to the hatred and fear that society provides.
As Amy Sturgis explains, “Wollstonecraft often used the term ‘duty’ in her works, as in the duty of a parent to educate a child. In Frankenstein, the titular scientist shirks his duty toward his Creature, and this begins the cycle of tragedy. . . But the miseducation of suffering repeated unjust cruelty ultimately misshapes [the Creature], though he remains more reasonable and sympathetic than his despicable creator.”
Shelley really emphasizes how with the captain understanding who this monster was and his actual backstory, he acted in a sense where he did not base his decisions based off looks, unlike all the other characters. Keep in mind though, throughout the event the captain had expressed great disgust with the monsters physical looks, but Walton did not take the physical appearance of the monster in to account for his actions. It is also in this event where the monster expresses the theme in direct wording of “Once I falsely hoped to meet with beings who, pardoning my outward form, would love me for the excellent qualities which I was capable of unfolding.” (Shelley 184). The monster clearly states how he dislikes how people automatically assume the worst of him and how those only judge him by their own eyes. Walton was the only character who did not judge Frankenstein at first glance.
During, the time of Elizabeth’s illness Mrs. Frankenstein can hardly abandon her favorite child and continues to serve to her needs. As Elizabeth recovers Mrs. Frankenstein too fall ill however, she does not recover and to the family's dismay she passes away. At the time of Mrs. Frankenstein’s death, she wished for only one thing, for Victor and Elizabeth to be wed. Mrs. Frankenstein asks for this because it would be the “INSERT QUOTE1 HERE” ( only thing to console father quote). Victor and Elizabeth’s peculiar life events can only be used to explain Victors Submerged hostility for Elizabeth. Elizabeth was Victor’s cousin, sister, playmate, mother figure for Victor’s siblings and wife.
Stereotyping in today’s society exists in many forms and is part of our daily lives no matter who we are. This is true even in literature and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein expertly shows the effects of stereotyping. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creature experiences rejection due to society judging the creature based on his appearance. This leads to Victor’s creature separating himself from society to distance himself from abuse. This abuse is undeserved as the creature proves himself to be a capable and very intelligent contradicting the stereotypes made against him.
Catherine’s marriage to Edgar Linton is a turning point. Normally, it must be a marriage of happy ending, however, it represents the repression of Heathcliff and makes him an embedded of revenge. He becomes an outcome of everything he has encountered. People which are not abondend by social conventions are always shown as monsters ,as for instance, In Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein, the inability of the monster to unite with his creator makes him a threaten to humanity. Moreover, the protagonists, Heathcliff and Catherine, are happy when they do not follow the conventions of the society ,however, they were oppressed when they follow them.
However, Eliza is more capable of becoming a functioning member of her society and is successful in receiving respect from her peers. The monster is not respected despite his efforts and faces discrimination. Both creations were set up for failure by their creators and were not expected to be successful. They were utilized by their creators in an effort to achieve a new scientific breakthrough and prove their original hypothesis. Due to their inhumane origins they will never, despite any progress they make towards becoming more human, be considered human or successful creations by their
In her "Radical Adaptation: Hypertextuality, Feminism, and motherhood in Frankenstein,” French underlines one of the most prominent themes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: In the absence of a motherly figure, an underdeveloped or inexperienced individual, whether it be a baby or, in the case of Frankenstein, a monster, will not be able to develop mentally in the same manner as an individual who grew up under the nourishment and care of a mother. According to both French and Shelley, the primary purpose of a motherly figure is to teach their offspring behavioral characteristics they typically could not learn on their own in their earlier years, such as distinguishing between right and wrong, preforming rudimentary actions such as walking and
Mary Shelley was twenty-one years old when she wrote Frankenstein. Therefore, the effects of her parents were still fresh. That, combined with inspiration from her literary husband, created a large theme in her novel, the role of parents. Through the lack of caring progenitors in Frankenstein, Shelley is arguing that detached parents allow for a negative upbringing, therefore urging them to be present in one's life. The first hinting of the parent theme is Victor Frankenstein’s guardians.
Since genetics does not play any role in this scenario, we are able to say that both Victor and the monster are who they are, due to the environment they were raised up in, how society changed their personality, and how knowledge was able to change and influence their way of thinking. Overall, people need to stop judging others by how they are on the outside, and instead, give them a chance to be your friend. If society did not disapprove of the monster, then they would have been amazed of the outcome. The monster wasn’t always a horrible being. If more people can take the time to actually befriend or even just talk to someone that is “different,” then we can live in a world without differences.