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Frankestein Mary Shelly Essay

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A person is born with a comman good, the evil is instilled throughout their meetings with mankind. When focusing on the novel Frankenstein, and the monster created within the lines of the book, the reader can become aware of just how Shelly develops the notion that inhumanity is a result of the monsters behavior.In the first few chapters of the book we come to find out that our main character, Victor, is in the process of trying to "create life." Victor Frankenstein is a very intelligent man, and it is his dream to create a new race of creatures. It is never known as to how he ultimately brings life into his monster, for the reasoning that he doesn't want his secretes shared, but it's ...view middle of the document...

He does nothing but observe their every move, the monster studies them and mirrors their behavior. He is very kind to these people in his own hidden ways, an example is each morning he stacks the firewood at the door so that Felix (the young boy who lives within the home) isn't bothered with the tedious chore. The monster refers to these people as his family and shares a common bond with them, although they have never seen him. He wants so badly to show himself to "his family" but afraid of their reaction to his face. As the monster observes the family, just like every other day, he sees that they have a visitor of Arabian descent, the monster notices that he is of upper class and states to himself, "I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man" (Frankenstein 115). It is here that the humanity of the world puts the monster down without even knowing it, he has finally come to the realization that he is different. When he sees and understands just how diverse he is from the common race it separates him from the humans, and this affects the monster in a strong way. It shows him that he doesn't have to act like a human, if he does not resemble or fit in with them. The situation with the monster and reality gets worse when he tries to reveal himself to his beloved "family." He chooses to talk to the old man (he's blind and won't be able to see his face) but in the midst of their conversation Felix walks in. Felix doesn't know what to do and is fearful around the monster, he then grabs and stick and proceeds in beating the monster with it. After this experience the monster states, "There was non among the myriads of men that existed who would pity me or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No: from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery" (Frankenstein 130). The monster now feels no love for the family he has observed and grown so close to, and this is what brings him to his conclusion of hating mankind. He formed a bond with the family in the woods and learned so much from them, and in the end when he finally worked enough courage to show them and tell them of his love and gratefulness, he is slapped down for it. The monster still feels emotions though, when it is stated in chapter 16 that he sees a young girl fall into a river and he has the compassion to save her. He tries to return her to her family, but when trying he receives, instead of a thank you or a kind gesture, a bullet to the shoulder. This just provokes the monster to despise the...

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