The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The novel Frankenstein, written by author Mary Shelley, is a story about a man who reanimates parts of deceased people to make another human who destroys the lives of everyone around him, especially his creator, Victor Frankenstein. He is the lead character who creates the monster and propels the relationships around him, but causes the monster to deserve more pity for several reasons. As the creator of the monster, and the person who caused the havoc wreaked by him, Frankenstein is the protagonist throughout Frankenstein; however, Mary Shelley intended for the monster, a character who was abandoned by his family and discriminated against by society, to be sympathized with, due to Frankenstein’s actions and the inhumane treatment of him by…show more content…
He ran away, “[retreating], and [he laid] down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man” (69). The monster is beginning to understand that humanity is cruel towards anyone who is different than the ordinary human, and that the only way to escape the evil of mankind is to retreat and seek shelter. He is relieved to have found refuge from the sadistic nature of people, and is glad that he found a quiet place to escape the hatred of the community around him, even though he is still miserable in how people treat him as compared to everyone else. Not only do humans treat him as an outcast, forcing him to escape from their cruel intentions, but he is also treated like a wild animal to the point of being driven to starvation. While seeking sanctuary from judgement and scrutiny, “food… became scarce, and [he] often spent the entire day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger” (86). The monster is being treated like an animal, scavenging around for scraps and nuts instead of being able to dine at a table with a full plate in front of him. Instead of being granted what constitutes as basic human rights, he is forced to eat food that animals eat, which stems
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