Right when a baby is born, they immediately begin to seek for someone to trust and provide for their basic needs. As an individual grows, they develop their own personality and characteristics, but this begs the question if a human’s personality and characteristics are determined more on nature or nurture. Which leads to the question: what characteristics make a human really a human? In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster from the dead using body parts from the dead. Instantly, Victor abandons the monster who later turns to murder. These murders help him to cope with the isolation he feels from society and his creator. The monster is more human than Victor because he shows compassion, courage, and the need for human connection. Throughout the story, the monster shows considerable amounts of compassion for others than Victor does. The monster says, “...the use of which I quickly discovered, and brought home firing sufficient for the …show more content…
When the monster first settled down near the cottage, he began to steal food from the poor cottagers. After a few days of stealing, the monster notices the negative impact he has inflicted on the cottagers. Anonymously, he begins to gather firewood for them. Compassion is displayed by the monster by gathering firewood for the cottagers, and he does not show this compassion for his own personal reputation. After watching the cottagers for a while, the monsters says, “The gentle manners and and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me: when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joy” (Shelley 79). The monster feels sympathy and compassion for the events the cottagers experience. In life, humans generally feel for others when they hit rough patches which causes
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In addition, when he was seeking asylum a barn, Frankenstein saved the family from starving and harvested their crops, and instead of being grateful, the family sends him away from their land where he had found refuge. The monsters were sent away to the darkest corners of the world without caring about their feelings because; they were only trying to be
How far is too far before we loose all of our humanity in the quest for becoming godlike beings as we seek for the ever illusive control of all that is around us? In order for us not to lose our humanity we have to find a balance between allowing nature and the sublime to guide us and our desire to control it through science. When we look at Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we can see this underlying question being scrutinized as Victor Frankenstein goes from being in a state of balance between nature and science to being enveloped in his quest of conquering nature’s laws around him. When we look at Victor as a child we see that from an early age he has this vast fascination in wanting to understand the world around him: “I delighted in investigating
There will always be a controversy amongst the human race whether or not humans are innately good. If so, then the influence of society plays a major role on maintaining one’s good will. The theme humans are innately good is evident in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein through the actions and character development of the creature. Initially, the creature is innately good even though his creator abandons him, he continuously proves to be good through is acts of kindness and generosity, although, he is corrupted by rejection from society and his creator, turning him into a real monster. The creature holds onto his innocence and remains good even after being abandoned by the one person he is supposed to depend on as his teacher and caregiver, Victor
A strangled boy, an innocent executed girl, a sick boy, constant fears and several mysterious deaths... It is not a killer, who is guilty of all these terrible and strange events, but a young scientist whose name is Victor Frankenstein. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein we are told of a man Victor who creates a life. This creation, his creature, is perceived by society because of his physical appearance being so called a “monster” although his creator is in fault of his creatures actions. Frankenstein leaves us asking questions and raises some serious issues, one of which that comes up time and time again.
After the abandonment of love and warmth, the monster became filled with rage, anger, and neglect which leads him on page 109 to set the family's house on fire to let them know how it feels to be without. Mary Shelley believed that people will treat others badly when they don't feel that sense of belonging, For example, when Victor created the monster and didn't like the outcome of his creation, then abandoned the monster so the monster killed Victor's little brother so Victor felt somewhat of the same pain as the monster. On page 116 Victor and the monster talked about why the monster killed as much as he did but the monster claimed that it was Victor's fault for abandoning and that if he never did William and Justine would still be alive. The monster stated that if Victor were to create the monster a wife just as hideous as the monster himself so he felt like he belonged to someone and someone belonged to him due to him feeling
The other interesting perspective of the monster seen in this novel is his utmost desire to get knowledge, and learn new things. He tries to match the sounds Felix’s family make with the actions they perform. He acquires a basic knowledge of the language, including the names of the young man and woman, Felix and Agatha. Living with the cottager’s is the very important period of monster’s life. The monster’s start growing the understanding of the social significance of family when he was observing the cottagers’.
The gothic fiction novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley centralizes on humanity and the qualifications that make someone human. The content of the novel Frankenstein depicts a monster displaying human traits that his creator Victor does not possess: empathy, a need for companionship, and a will to learn and fit in. Throughout the novel Shelley emphasizes empathy as a critical humanistic trait. The monster displays his ability to empathize with people even though they are strangers. On the other hand Victor, fails to show empathy throughout the novel even when it relates to his own family and friends.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein brings his creation to life and has to endure the repercussions of his actions. While Victor is in fact human, the question of whether the creature or Victor is more human still stands. Humanity is demonstrated as compassionate in the book and monstrosity is the opposite. The creature is more human because of his developed personality and desire to be human. Victor, although born into a humane family, evolved into everything bad about humanity; he developed obsession, resentment, and manipulated life to conform to his idealities.
After nearly a half day’s journey, The Monster stumbled across an alluring village. When he entered one of the nicer cottages among the lot, the family inside was petrified upon encountering The Monster. This in turn attracts other villagers to the scene and when they arrive The Monster is yet again shunned, attacked and beaten, for his rancid appearance tends to arise terror and fright. “The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other missile weapons.” (Shelley page 87).
Consequently, the monster’s curiosity for human nature also leads to detrimental effects on his life. After the monster is first abandoned by his creator, Victor Frankenstein, he eventually attempts to learn the ways of human society. His attempts at assimilation are seen when he says, “I improved, however, sensibly in this science, but not sufficiently to follow up any kind of conversation, although I applied my whole mind to the endeavour, for I easily perceived that, although I eagerly longed to discover myself to the cottagers, I ought not to make the attempt until I had first become master of their language…” (Shelley 101). The monster learned about the human’s way of life through watching a group of people living in a cottage.
This experience allows the monster to realize, that despite being perfect beings, even beauty can experience sorrow, just as ugliness can experience serenity. The monster also learns that the family is in similar position as his own, in which they are isolated from their society due to their crimes. From this judgement, the monster is able to approach the father of the household, by disguising himself as a lowly traveller in need of shelter, the
The moment Victor Frankenstein successfully infuses life into his creation he is overcome with horror and disgust. Without further examination he is certain to have created a monster, not a human being (Shelley 35-36). However, despite his grotesque appearance, Frankenstein’s creature was not born malicious. During the first stages of his existence, unbeknownst to Frankenstein himself, his acts are motivated by innocence and virtue, which even earns him the title “good spirit” (79). Frankenstein did not create a monster.
In the novel Frankenstein, the monster created by Frankenstein shows some human qualities. Some qualities that make people human are reason, pain, anger, sadness, growth, and ultimately being made by God; the monster expresses the human qualities of pain, anger, sadness, and reason, but he does not have the quality of being made by God, and growth. One of the first qualities that the monster exhibits is reason. When the monster is sharing his story with Frankenstein, he explains how he discovered the rules of fire by saying, “ I quickly collected some branches; but they were wet, and would not burn.
The creature desires human interactions to acquire companionship, but later met with violent reactions leading him to depart. The monster recounted,”...but I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was aroused: some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons”(Shelley 103). This reaction is natural in humans since they have instincts to judge by appearance rather than personality. As the monster stood in their village, they had never seen such a monstrosity, so they reacted with fear.
This sudden rejection hurts deep because the good is now perceived as wrong and now the monster begins to fill his purpose with negativity such as murdering and destroying good in his creator’s life. Shelley builds this character to show again, that the connection between our place and purpose is difficult to