In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature that the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein creates, exhibits the same characteristics of a stalker. The Creature does not look like a normal human being and this causes people to be afraid of him. Though, like any normal human, he just wishes to be accepted. Because of his outward appearance, the creature is unable to address people directly, thus forcing him to observe society from its perimeters. He is unable to make any friends which causes him to be a very lonely being.
For instance, this can be seen when the creature states, “When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth” (Chapter 13, pg 105). Clearly the creature had feelings which were hurt and made him feel like no one would understand or comprehend his nature. To add on, more examples of the monster feeling isolated when he sees that he can’t find a mate for himself. To demonstrate, the creature can be seen saying, “I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible myself would not deny herself to me” (Chapter 16, pg 121).
They both suffer from being isolated from their creator, society, and family units. They ways in which they are affected by this abandonment proves that isolation has grave effects on human interaction and social development. One way that the theme of isolation negatively affecting social development is presented in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is through the character’s separation from their creators. The creature is abandoned by Victor, his creator, as soon as he awakes. Being abandoned by his creator, the monster has no one to guide him, no one to teach him right from wrong and good from evil.
However, he does not follow through. The monster had to understand and teach himself the ways of the world, and without the love or support of Victor, he had to answer questions that his progenitor left in his wake. “I was dependent on none and related to none...My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I?
The creature also takes on a role as a Byronic Hero through his forced isolation, intelligence, traumatic life events, and manipulative skills. The creature begins his life by being abandoned by his creator and forced to develop from the mental stage of a human newborn to an adult on his own. After the initial confusion from waking, he leaves Victor’s apartment, and finds himself in a desolate area by a brook where he is frightened, cold, and completely alone (73). Only knowing solitude, the creature doesn’t know how to interact with other beings because he is unaware that his appearance causes fright in everyone. When he stumbles upon them, he doesn’t understand why they run from him.
One reason a soldier would quit Valley Forge is the lack of food. The lack of food is a dreadful hardship the soldiers have to deal with. This hardship brings about not just hunger but many other factors. When you are hungry from the lack of food, you are weak and because you are weak you cannot fight well or deal with simple problems well. This effects basicly the whole war in a way.
The monster is spurned by society because of his horrific appearance, his body, alone and hated, unfit for the company of strangers, just as Frankenstein fears he is. He is miserable which makes the hatred grow, as he says, “all men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!” In fact, this wretchedness and enforced isolation is the monster’s main character trait, parallel to the isolation being Frankenstein’s biggest fear. Now that Victor is in college, he does not have his family to fall back upon for affection. Repetitive The monster embodies this worry as well, as even the monster’s family “ you, [Frankenstein,] my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” While Frankenstein still has his family to fall upon for affection, the monster does not. This adds another layer to Frankenstein's fear: the worry that he will lose the affection guaranteed to him by his family and be left with nothing confusing.
This proves Grendel's view of the world is horrid and he has nothing in his life meaningful to him. Grendel believes he has no role in this world and he's always on the outside of everything, and he doesn't really know why he exists. Gardener wants to portray Grendel as an angry, lonely monster at the beginning to give the readers a good understanding of the main character. As Grendel continues his
Much like feral children, the monster was abandoned—during the early period of his life—and was placed under extreme circumstances, which he was forced to endure—having to fend for himself. Furthermore, because the monster was placed under extreme isolation—only having contact from a far with the De Lacey and being shunned by them when he chose to reveal himself—he was not able to connect with anyone much like how feral children were unable to connect with other people. With this in mind, it is evident that these factors during the monster’s development plays an important role in his acquisition of certain ideologies. Examining the cases of feral children will provide insights into the essence of human nature, identity, and the impact of experience on human learning (Illes and Murphy 1); these insights can then be implemented into the evaluation of the monster’s overall character. The factors that affected the development of the monster is the key to unlocking why the monster’s nature.
In the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, the main character Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as a pathological narcissist throughout the entire story, he has this personality trait because of a traumatizing event that occurred in his youth changing his ideology to pursue a way to be better than death itself and play as a god. What a pathological narcissist is, is a “Personality Disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder often believe they are of primary importance in everybody’s life or to anyone they meet” according to an article written by Dr. Steve Bressert. These are the base traits of a pathological narcissist, but in order to see how this affects Frankenstein in his life, a closer look needs to be taken to see how his actions reflected on his personality. First, we can see that he was traumatized by his mother passing and this death was the seed that would
In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the creature is an outcast in society, without a friend in the who world is thrust away by humanity due to his appearance. The creature devolves due to a series of events feeling different emotions for the first time in his life. These experiences due to the fact his creator, Victor Frankenstein turns his back on the creature leaving him to his own instincts on learning how to survive and integrate into society. devices to learn how to survive. becoming helpless, discouraged leading into leading into retaliation of anger and violence.
The isolated Victor is different in several ways including his manner, and the way he goes about his education, which is more focused and ultimately more obsessive. He has no one to comfort him and this leads to the madness of creating the monster. Victor has had supportive people around him since birth; however now that he is at the university he has nobody to help keep him level headed. "Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime" (35). The isolation being portrayed by Victor is now shifting from not only