Personality, Psychology And Individuality In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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What differentiates man from monster? The physical being or the heart and soul? In the case of the novel Frankenstein, the author Mary Shelley appears to be promoting that it is in fact the heart and soul that is distinguishable between the two. Shelly offers much insight on the reactions of society and tells the reader that judgement is not always the truth. 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.…show more content…
The creature’s nature generally remains the same throughout the novel up to the most rational state in the end. The very instance where the creature shows his good nature is during the confrontation with one of the narrators, Robert Walton, “While I destroyed his hopes, I did not satisfy my own desires” (231). This quotation proves that there was no evil or signs of monstrous mentality in the creature to begin with. Only a true monster would feel satisfaction through the hopes and dreams of others being destroyed. The creature only wanted to end his loneliness and gain a friend but instead faced rejection amongst everyone including his creator. When he acted kindly, he received no love and when he acted with hatred, he still recieved no
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