The use of the word monster in the book also correlates to appearance, and when the creature is called a monster, he feels forced to act like one.After being rejected by society because of his appearance the creature cries to Frankenstein, “Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust” (Shelley 93). This shows that the creature internalized all of the hate he received from his appearance, to the point where he viewed himself as a monster. When he internalizes all this negativity about himself that stems from his appearance, and begins to see himself as a monster, he then begins to behave as one. He threatens Frankenstein by telling him “I may die, but first you” which shows that the creature is not afraid of dying as long as he can inflict as much pain as possible on Frankenstein first (Shelley 123).
In Frankenstein, through strong diction, the simile of a demon, and characterization of Victor and the Monster, Shelley argues that the greatest influence on human behavior would be that a person 's environment is that completely takes a toll on their mental state. Authors such as Noreena Hertz and Roger Scruton also have similar analysis on this idea of human behavior. Through what Victor and the Monster have been through, towards the end, the monster felt he went through much more pain then Victor did because of how he didn’t care for him and expresses this through the strong diction Shelley portrays. As the Monster was speaking to Walton( friend of Victors) he exclaims “ Blasted as thou wert, my agony was still superior to thine” (Shelley 166), referring to Victor by this statement. Shelley 's use of the word “superior” shows how the Monster felt about what he feels and thinks is way worse then what Victor has felt.
The story of Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, is a story within a story of Victor Frankenstein warning Robert Walton about the dangers of exploring the unknown by telling him about his own misfortune with creating a monster. Near the middle of Frankenstein’s story, he speaks of his sister/wife’s angst when their servant, Justine, is executed because she confessed to the murder of William, Frankenstein’s brother. In Frankenstein, Shelley uses imagery, rhetorical questioning, and varied syntax to help the reader understand how deeply affected Elizabeth was by Justine’s death. In order to connect with the reader and show how Elizabeth is feeling, Shelley uses imagery. When Elizabeth is explaining her despair to Victor, she compares her
“Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.” (Dalai Lama). This quote relates beautifully to the book Frankenstein where a mans isolation turns him into a monster. In a majority of people’s minds there seems to be no question who the monster is in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.
These questions are the approach that Mary Shelly attempted to develop throughout her novel. A prominent motif in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is alienation and how alienation sets the wheels of the plot into motion. In Frankenstein, loneliness due to its milieu and isolation from society make the creature dangerously capricious. Therefore, the creature’s isolation from society expresses a person's traits which are affected more by nurture (alienation) than by Nature. Frankenstein grounds its argument in a symmetrical pattern, with social
Horror is the most blood curdling of all man’s passions. Human fascination with fear drives an industry of cultivating genres full of frightful, gorey content for entertainment purposes. Sudden frights startle audiences and inspire awe and apprehension; though the most chilling, dismal displays of pure terror come from the deepest, darkest pits of human misery. To truly terrify, one must convey a torment so unrelentingly pertinent that every terrific aspect strikes the witness as an undeniable reality. Humans, the greatest source of pain and suffering, afford authors the chance to capture a tormented soul in writing and control a reader’s heart.
Frankenstein: Society’s Myopia “The eye is the window of the soul” ~Hiram Powers Throughout Frankenstein, the creature’s eyes constantly display his feelings and insight. Also, the creature descends into violence as society refuses to accept him for his gruesome image. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley juxtaposes the blindness and despondency shown in the creature’s eyes with the fear he induces in others due to his hideous superficial appearance, leading to his transformation from a curious, innocent creature into a dangerous pariah. Shelley illuminates the creature’s grief through his eyes however, his intimidating demeanor and sheer size overshadow his innate innocence and leads to Frankenstein’s misunderstanding of his creature’s true, harmless
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the author utilities traditional Gothic literary elements to create a semi-autobiographical, supernatural metaphor for her own experiences. Drawing from past tribulations as an outcast, Shelley tugs at the fabric of a classist society, unraveling the shroud of status to reveal a far darker plausibility- perhaps the development of an individual's character lies not solely on oneself, but rather, "individuality" evolves as a reaction to society. Through the manifestation of characterization, emotive diction, and select allusions, the author paints an insightful, poignant, multilayer -portrait of man's quest for righteousness, additionally illuminating the internal desire humanity possesses for acceptance.
I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (42). Shelley uses the words “horror” and “disgust” to express Frankenstein’s regret. At first, Victor “desired” to make the monster with extreme “ardour,” or passion, which consumed him and damaged his “health.” The damage inflicted to Frankenstein is both physical and mental, as his physical “health” is diminished and the “dream vanished,” causing “disgust to fill his heart,” a fact which is only actually true in Victor’s
Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred” (155). Goodness is all lost when the creature, driven by his desire for revenge, kills those dear to Frankenstein, in which the creation believes will therapeutically heal his personal recounting the pain of the mistreatment over the years. Even in the creation’s acts of kindness towards the family, because of the family’s reaction to the creature, this allows Shelly to reinforce that man is both ‘so virtuous and magnificent’, but also ‘vicious and base’.