He developed a deep love for the noble, albeit impoverished, family. Seeking some kind of human relationship, to be more accurate, just any kind of contact, he first tried to talk to the oldest family member as he was blind and the monster knew that his hideous physiognomy, excites not only disgust but more so fear. However, the other members of the family returned unexpectedly, and drove him with stones from the cottage. Upon this, the monsters sorrow increased, and he cursed his creator and his own hideousness.
In this excerpt from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the scene reveals the creature’s desperation to befriend the Delaceys to escape his loneliness. After approaching the old Delacey, he expresses his yearning for companionship and protection from his family. However, Felix, Safie, and Agatha suddenly enter the hovel and confronts by the creature. The creature’s rejection is shown by the “horror” (96) on the faces of his friends and being struck “violently with a stick” (97). His only link to humanity is broken, and he is isolated from society.
For example, “grief and fear again overcame me” (52), which portrays the highly frail condition of Frankenstein. Even though he is the most visible and brightest example of misery, the whole family is suffering of the loss, in a more profound way, as Ernest describes, how in such a joyful event such as the reunion of Frankenstein and his family, “’tears instead of smiles will be your welcome’” (55). The loss of innocent William has had such an impact on the family, that now anything cheerful in life turns into
Thus, inflicting injustice sets the evil of the story in motion, where evil is exacerbated by injustice committed against them, as seen in the case of the creature reacting to his isolation and rejection and Frankenstein in response to the murder of his friends and
Destructive Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor suffers from isolation by being in need of family, friends and society. Although Victor suffers from his own mistakes, he sees the effects of isolation from society, and by losing everyone he loves in his life, he drives himself insane and becomes dangerous. As a young boy, Victor had been surrounded by love from his family.
Soon after he gets rejected from the De Lacey family, he exclaims to Victor, “Cursed, Cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge” (117). The monster explains that he had been truly overcome with anger because of the De Lacey family’s rejection of him.
" Victor’s anger is shown through the use of declarative language, also the use of gradual close up shot, conveying lost emotions and having only hate remaining for the monster. His awful experiences of losing all his family members and having nothing left leaves him sick and depressed. Experiences like these change Victors identity, which was then consumed by revenge. In Edward scissor hands, Edward falls in love with Kim and experiences a change.
The creature states that he was “grievously bruised by stones…” when encountering his second batch of human contact; furthermore, when finally approaching the cottagers, who he admired dearly, he proclaims, “[Felix] struck me violently with a stick.” Despite the countless times of rejection, the creature overall tone is still to persevere. The reader sees an innately good character being evolved into something negative due to an external stimulus. When he discovers that William, the boy who he wishes to befriend in an unnerving way, is related to Frankenstein his reaction was to “grasped his throat”. Overall the creature’s immoral actions were all formed from his underlying suffering that Victor first imposed; hence, when face to face with someone who has correlation to the creature’s initial suffer, his psyche was not rational and lead to his vengeful
The Repercussions of Cruelty Cruel actions lead to cruel endings. Gregor Samsa, the protagonist in Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis, is turned into a bug from the mental and emotional abuse by the hands of his own family. The cruelty in the Samsa household is apparent from the beginning of the storyline. Their neglect and lack of compassion for Gregor's condition immediately sets the dark and miserable mood of the novella. Gregor’s whole existence has been about caring for his family and making sacrifices for their well being.
The monster deserves the most pity due to his rejection from society. To start off, the monster gets rejected by his creator, Victor. When first seeing the monster come to life and grin at him, he reacts with, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or
Firstly, Roger uses the rhetorical appeal to pathos to appeal to the humanity of his parents. He tells his parents that there is “much sicknes, as the scurvie and the bloody flix, and divers other diseases, wch maketh the bodie very poore, and Weake” (Frethorne, p1). In addition, he also says that they “live in feare of the Enimy” (Frethorne, p1). The “Enemy” that Frethorne speaks about is the Native Americans. This particular colony did not have a good relationship with their native neighbors, and the colony “haue had a Combate with them [The Natives] on the Sunday before Shrovetyde [the beginning of Lent]” (Frethorne, P1).
Although their physical descriptions are far from similar they do share isolation in common. The nameless creature brought to life by Victor knew all too well the feeling of isolation. He remained away from the eye of the public living in the shadows of the forest “ i am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny himself to me” (Shelley) . The creature's appearance and his creators rejection led him to live a life alone only admiring civilization from afar. The feeling of solitude was also something experienced by Count Dracula himself.
While in nature, Victor Frankenstein laments, “If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows, and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us” (92). What does this quote mean and how does it apply to his own life? Nature is often an area where Victor Frankenstein goes to reflect on his life. His pensive thoughts come through when he observes the sublime nature. His quote means that life at its simplest elements, in which basic survival is most necessary, we would be free from the constraints imposed by higher order thoughts and civilization.
Curiosity is a very important trait for normal people. It is only natural for all of us to be curious, for us, as humans, find it interesting discovering and learning new things. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, curiosity is expressed as a negative feature us humans have. Mary Shelley describes Curiosity’s impacts and how it, for the most part, leads to misery and despair, but how it can also be used for better if you know how to control it. Curiosity can be essential if used correctly, but if it goes too far, it can lead to regretful pain.
In the novel “Frankenstein”, Mary Shelley displays a variety of themes throughout the novel. The author utilizes various themes that were controversial during the time of the release of Frankenstein. The reader can find themes like the quest for knowledge or even a prejudice theme. The quest for knowledge was one of the most controversial themes because of the use of science being utilized for evil frightened people at the time. Although, these themes were very controversial, the predominant theme Mary Shelley exhibits in the novel is family, society, and isolation.