Judgment In Frankenstein Essay

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"People are always searching for ways to better themselves. It is said that those who read fiction tend to be more understanding, empathizing, and open minded. Humans are naturally flawed but reading seems to improve people. One natural, unavoidable characteristic of humans is judgment. People have an initial instinct to judge those whom they have just met. While it is true that judgment impairs one’s perspective when it comes to others, generalizations are the true barriers that do not allow people to get to know one another. The topic of judgment is greatly exemplified in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as it becomes apparent that characters tend to generalize beautiful people, like Elizabeth, and ugly people, like Victor’s creature. The first…show more content…
Propaganda, which is defined as the “political activity used by states at war” (Cull) with sometimes biased or misleading information, was worldly popular during World War I. Propaganda was spread across countries in forms of posters, slogans, campaigns, and newspapers. However, no civilian population truly knew the events that took place in the enemy territory because their country’s governments controlled their societies with their own propaganda in order to gain national support and funding such as liberty bonds. The American government attacked Germans by providing Americans with propaganda posters exclaiming, “Destroy this mad brute” and “Beat back the Huns” which portrayed Germans as “green eyed monsters... who would destroy America” (Cull). William L. Harding, the governor of Iowa during the time period, mistrusted and harshly judged German-Americans and other foreigners so gravely that he passed the Babel Proclamation on May 23, 1918, in order to ban the public use of all foreign languages. The generalization that all Germans were suspicious enemies became so popular and dangerous in America that “people speaking German on the street were attacked and rebuked" (Frese). People during World War I were blinded by their own patriotism and only chose to see foreigners of their enemy countries as monsters and not as

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