The Characteristics Of Humanity In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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What are the characteristics of humanity? How can one be considered a monster? The answers to such questions lie in the eyes of the society. The society imposed standards that define the world and all its occupants. In “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, the difference in how the characters Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the Monster, react to the perception of the society of what is acceptable and unacceptable separates a monster from humanity. Since both characters exhibit human and monster-like qualities through their emotions, appearances, and actions, the crucial factor that distinguishes the two from each other is their reaction to the societal challenges that come their way. Both the protagonist Victor Frankenstein and the antagonistic Monster were capable of experiencing a wide range of emotion, demonstrating a major…show more content…
Victor and the monster have done unpleasant things, which deviated them humanity. Consumed by his excessive desire make use of his talents, Victor discovered “the cause of generation and life” and created a monster that proved to be detrimental to the lives of many. His aspiration to be blessed “as its (the new species’) creator and source” gave him monstrous characteristics. Also, his abandonment of his own creation made him even less human. He let his creation wander the mysteries of the world by himself, with no one to guide him. Victor also wanted to get rid of the monster soon after he was finished making it. Likewise, the Monster committed monstrous acts such as killing and framing innocent people. Fueled by loneliness and revenge, the Monster sought to destroy the happiness of his maker. He failed to consider the effects of his actions, only wanting Victor to become as miserable as he was. Taking only their actions as the defining factor of humanity, both Victor and Frankenstein are considered
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