As the family approaches, the girl faints and Felix rushes the monster pulling him off of the old man. The monster realizes from this experience that he will always be an outcast in society and that he will never gain the acceptance that he desires.After dousing the cottage in flames, the monster comes along a young girl drowning in a river. He “rushe[s] from [his] hiding place; and with extreme labor from the force of the current, save[s] [the girl], and drag[s] her to shore… [passerbyers saw the monster holding the girl and] darted towards [him] and tearing the girl from [his] arms… [And then aiming] a gun… at [his] body and fir[ing].” (Shelley
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.
In society today we feel the need to categorize everything we encounter in life but monsters are something we don’t understand and can’t categorize; the unknown is something that we fear because we as humans want to know about our surrounding to make sure of our safety. In Jeremy Jerome Cohen’s "Monster Culture: Seven Theses“ thesis 1: The Monster’s Body is a Cultural Body conveys the idea that monsters reflect a set fear, anxieties or desire in society. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a fear of the unknown the monster may bring to society. In the book Frankenstein, a scientist named Victor Frankenstein creates a monster with science and technology he develops.When his creation is brought to life he realized his fear of not knowing what the monster
First it is used to show how the monster had to fend for himself, " I[the monster] escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel, quite bare, and making a wretched appearance after the palaces I beheld in the village" (Shelley 116.) This describes the conditions the monster was living in. Without the use of imagery, the description of the house would have been lacking. It would not have captured the same picture of loneliness that the descriptions did.The imagery also shows how the alienation of the locals affected the monster. This is seen in his glee at the destruction of house of the only ones he could even come close to calling friends.
After all I believe the creature is human. The creature is essentially human because he has feelings and emotion just like any other human. When this creature first speaks out about his early life he claims to be "benevolent" and that his "soul glowed with love and humanity" (83). The creature states that when he became alive he showed love and kindness just like any human being. The creature shows various human traits.
Having no neighbors and living in a big castle can cause fear in visitors because they could get lost. On the way to the castle, Jonathan gets attacked by wolves. According to Stoker, “ There were dark, rolling clouds overhead, and in the air the heavy, oppressive sense of thunder,” (Stoker 10) The atmosphere creates suspense for the reader because Jonathan is going to Dracula's house by himself and not aware of what can happen to him when he gets there. According to Stoker, “...but shivered and sweated as though after a runaway from sudden fright,” (Stoker 13). When Jonathan sees the wolves he gets frightens, the wolves are scary because Dracula, by Bram Stoker, has an atmosphere of fear.
With regard to Frankenstein that acts as a power glass through which we can sight that how the society alienates certain people just because they don’t complete their preferred and important requirements in the society. It exposes the strange unfamiliar position of society. The individual who was considered monstrous due to hideous appearance are regarded as disgusting and awful. Even though the fiend has sociable purpose, the citizens were arrogant and were assembling such judgments just being shaped by the society and therefore presumed the creature as evil. This mindset cause the refusal by the not only strangers but by the own family.
With more broadcasting of evil each day, the question; “what makes a monster” is often asked. Monstrosity is the state or fact of being monstrous. Monstrous by definition can mean having a frightening opinion, extremely large, or a person who is outrageously evil. Many artists and journalist have tried to tackle the question, though two authors in particular stand out. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses the hideous looks of the monster along with the average looks of Victor to show her readers that monstrosity comes from within.
Monsters are created from fear, and fear changes from generation to generation. While there are things that humans are afraid of all the time, specific periods of time can be defined through one cohesive fear. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, fear and how the characters act on that fear is used as a plot device to help characterize her antagonist and protagonist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster. It is through analysis of character interactions between the these two and society around them that helps to define who is truly the monster, and who is the victim. During the Victorian Era there was only one thing its people truly feared: nonconformity.
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).