Frankenstein, monster; however, Frankenstein is anything but

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley is a complex novel that was written during the ageof Romanticism. It contains many typical themes of a common Romantic novel suchas dark laboratories, the moon, and a monster; however, Frankenstein is anythingbut a common novel. Many lessons are embedded into this novel, including howsociety acts towards the different. The monster fell victim to the systemcommonly used to characterize a person by only his or her outer appearance.Whether people like it or not, society always summarizes a person’scharacteristics by his or her physical appearance. Society has set anunbreakable code individuals must follow to be accepted. Those who don’t followthe “standard” are hated by the crowd and banned for the reason ofbeing different.

When the monster ventured into a town”…

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monster hadhardly placed his foot within the door …children shrieked, and .

..womenfainted” (101). From that moment on he realized that people did not likehis appearance and hated him because of it. If villagers didn’t run away at thesight of him, then they might have even enjoyed his personality.

The monstertried to accomplish this when he encountered the De Lacey family. The monsterhoped to gain friendship from the old man and eventually his children. He knewthat it could have been possible because the old man was blind, he could not seethe monster’s repulsive characteristics. But fate was against him and the”wretched” had barely conversed with the old man before his childrenreturned from their journey and saw a monstrous creature at the foot of theirfather attempting to do harm to the helpless elder. “Felix darted forward,and with supernatural force tore the creature from his father.

..” (129).Felix’s action caused great inner pain to the monster. He knew that his dream ofliving with them “happily ever after” would not happen. After thatbitter moment the monster believed that “…

the human senses areinsurmountable barriers to our union with the monster” (138) and with theDe Lacey encounter still fresh in his mind along with his first encounter ofhumans, he declared war on the human race. The wicked being’s source of hatredtoward humans originates from his first experiences with humans. In a way themonster started out with a child-like innocence that was eventually shattered bybeing constantly rejected by society time after time. His first encounter withhumans was when he opened his yellow eyes for the first time and witnessedVictor Frankenstein, his creator, “…

rush out of the laboratory…”(56). Would this have had happened if society did not consider physicalappearance to be important? No. If physical appearance were not important thenthe creature would have had a chance of being accepted into the community withlove and care. But society does believe that physical appearance is importantand it does influence the way people act towards each other. Frankenstein shouldhave made him less offending if even he, the creator, could not stand hisdisgusting appearance.

There was a moment however when Frankenstein “…wasmoved…” (139) by the creature.

He “…felt what the duties of acreator…

” (97) were and decided that he had to make another creature, acompanion for the original. But haunting images of his creation (from themonster’s first moment of life) gave him an instinctive feeling that the monsterwould do menacing acts with his companion, wreaking twice the havoc! Reoccurringimages of painful events originating from a first encounter could fill a personwith hate and destruction. We as a society are the ones responsible for thetransformation of the once child-like creature into the monster we all know. Thepublic needs to know that our society has flaws and they must be removed beforeour primal instincts continue to isolate and hurt the people who are different.

With such a large amount of technology among us, some people may wonder why suchan advanced civilization still clings on to such primitive ways of categorizingpeople.


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