Uniqueness And Individualism In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein is the tale of a man who took his strong curiosity, and made it into a reality only to have it backfire on him, ruining his life. It is a series of events that lead to disaster after disaster. Victor is unique in his interests. The monster is unique in his appearance and creation. Both are constantly punished by both nature and society for being what and who they are. This novel seems to constantly give examples of why uniqueness and individualism is bad, and that you are punished if you do not oppress it. Victor, from the very beginning of the book, was a little odd. He was interested in the old sciences that nobody thought relevant anymore. His father told him it was a waste of time. His professors told him it was a waste of time. But Victor did not care. He chose to embrace his individual opinion on science. Victor sought to do something no one else had ever done, or thought of doing. He reanimated life. He created life from what was once living. A new creature that no one had ever thought possible to exist, and he made it exist. But he was not praised. He was not rewarded for his hard work, or celebrated by the lesser scientists around him. …show more content…

Not even the universe can begin to comprehend the uniqueness of one's individuality. And so, we are taught to bury these things. We are taught to hide them away into the deepest, darkest depths of our souls so that no one dare find them. Victor refused to conceal his brilliant, curious mind and unique interests, and was damned to a life of misery and sadness. The monster refused to cloak himself away from the human world, and was forced into becoming the beast everyone feared. This novel shows us how people who are different are really treated. It unmasks the cruel realities that come with a uniqueness. It teaches you to oppress your individuality or face the consequences of embracing it. It tells us that perhaps special is not quite so special after

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