Maybe Mary Shelley wants to show that if you take over God's work something bad may happen. Since there are a lot of people who have had a difficult childhood where they didn't feel loved, who didn't become killers, it makes one wonder what makes these people different from this monster? The answer might be that 'natural' people have morals. Their conscience tells them that it's wrong to kill, that's why they don't do it. The monster however wasn't given life by God, but by Frankenstein, so he might lack this part of the creation.
As children grow older they are taught to be wary of new threats and they begin to view monsters in a different light. It is no longer a monster in a closest that keeps people on edge at night, but rather stories of serial killers, malicious rapists, and savage terrorists. At some point in their lives, people come to the reality that monsters do not
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” (Mary Shelley Quotes). Mary Shelley publishes Frankenstein in 1818. The novel includes many interesting events. By her choice of words readers are hooked to think Victor is the antagonist. Victor creates the Creature, but there are many situations throughout the novel where the Monster displays as the victim. He seeks love from different people, but everyone treats him bad. His anger towards his father drives him to kill Victor’s family. The Monster later feels devastated for the murders he commits. All the monster wants is love. The Monster is the victim because his creator abandons him, his appearance affects his relationship with the people he meets, and his desire to feel loved.
But taking the time to think more intensely about it, people have psychological/ behavioral problems that lead to unnecessary actions. It could all be because of things they went through as a child, or the environment they grew up in. Brandon Bowling, Maples murderer; may have been around a lot of violence in his life. Those acts of violence most likely influenced Bowling’s actions against others. Though witnessing violence isn’t always the case.
Nobody is born bad, not even the evilest of souls. In the Lord of the Flies, the main point of emphasis is that inherent good is in everyone, but so is original sin. The beast is inside of us all, and that is why with every child comes a beast. People turn savage because of their life experiences. Many times throughout our life we must make a decision that can change us forever.
Are monsters really that bad? Or is it ultimately their creators in the wrong? Victor Frankenstein, son of Alphonse Frankenstein, recently came out with the fact that he had created a monster, brought back from the dead. The question is though, was Dr. Frankenstein or his creation responsible for what the monster had done. All signs however, point to Victor being fully and completely responsible for the monster’s actions.
We all like to think that evil is not born within us, but rather nurtured into us; while this may be true for some, others have evil born directly into them. When man toys with the powers reserved for only God, God strikes back with a wicked evil to show man the power that they truly lack. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein contains a prime example of a being born of unnatural causes and thus having these evil urges that they cannot control.
“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” Jean Jacques Rousseau once said. How you behave through the environment and experiences is what shapes us in society. Do you think someone could be born evil? The book “The Lord of the Flies” and other sources defend the position Rousseau has stated, that being born evil isn’t true.
A good monster is never human or inhuman. Monsters serve as cautionary tales about the consequences of reckless abandon, and far more often than appearing as metaphysical beings, their true form is an idea. When children check under their beds and inside of their closets for a pair of yellow eyes and a toothy grin, they do not dispel any physical entity. Instead, they dispel the unknown. Similarly, in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein grapples not with a physical entity, but his own personality flaws.
“I think nurture from parents or a parent is the reason why a person acts the way the do, basically how the parents raise their children alters their personality, language and any way that they act with other people”(Nature). Parents contribute genes that are then passed on to their offspring, and can make up their ,mental and emotional characteristics. There is a direct connection to kindness, generosity and compassion from parent to child. People can be born evil, but it is also a learned behavior, and an outcome of bad parenthood. Grendel was a product of evil beings, he had no way to control it or stop it.
“Monsters exist, but there are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions.” ~Primo Levi. This statement was said about the Holocaust. There are monsters in this world, but the people who believe the monsters and act for them are far more dangerous.
Firstly, man is born evil because society shows him to be evil. An example of this is how parents must raise their child to be good. A parent never has to raise their child to do bad things. A young child might draw on the wall and believe that it is art, however the parent will stop the child and tell them that drawing on the wall is a bad thing to do.