Paper On Frankestein Mary Shelly

1439 words - 6 pages

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 recognized that he exists. Victor takes months to create this life and as soon as he attains his goal, he realizes what he has done and is repulsed. The monster is horrifying, he states, "the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." Victor Frankenstein feels no love for the creation he has just produced, feels no excitement for what he has just done, he feels only remorse and regret. This creation from the starting point is not shown love, he has no one to teach him and guide him. The monster was left to fend for himself, he was basically an orphan from the beginning. At the time when he was created, it was as if he was being born, a child needs love to form a foundation, to learn wrong from right, and he was not given this. The monster is focused on in the chapters following those as he narrates his own view points. We see that this monster is not a cold-hearted beast, but he has feelings and a personality of his own. He tries to be liked by those humans around him, but in light of his horrifying attributes, does nothing but scare them all away. The monster finds a family living in the forest, and knowing what he has done to scare away those in the past he keeps his distant. 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 human race at an even greater level. It ultimately drives him to killing a little boy while walking through the forest. When he identifies the young male as being a Frankenstein, the spawn of his creator, he over reacts. The monster just sees the boy as being related to the man who created him and made him live this life of isolation away from a race he wants to be accepted by. The monster wanted only acceptance and it was the human race who gave him no chance, they did only but fear him and beat him down. The monster saw them as the enemy and treated mankind as such, killing many people, and making them feel the pain he was put through.In poetry it was known that death and melancholy were popular Romantic themes, well the same remains in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Throughout he entirety of the story all we see is death and sadness. The monster that Victor Frankenstein creates turns into a scary creature, killing anyone related or loved by Victor. As the monster asks his creator to bring life to another mutant, so that he can have someone to love and relate to, he is denied. The act of Victor telling the monster that he's not going to create this woman for him, upsets him deeply. It is up to the monster to try and convince him to do so. The inhuman mutant threatens Victor, and follows through with his threats. His first kill is a young boy, who is related to the monsters creator (Victor Frankenstein), hearing the boys last name creates rage and such a passion within him that the monster strangles him to death. The one that hits Victor the hardest, would have to be when the monster takes Clerval's life. Cleval was Victor's best friend, more like a brother to him, and his own creation killed him. At the end of the story, Victor and the monster both die, adding two more to the popular theme of death. The story also contains the popular Romantic themes of sorrow and melancholy, shown when the monster begins his narraration. His strife, his pain, and his wants. All he wanted was to be accepted. The monster felt love for a family in the forest, he observed them and learned their ways, but in the end he was shut out. He was a kind creature until the unjust views of the world were instilled upon him. We feel remorse for this character, and can relate to his shun and his pain. Shelley made us feel for the character and understand what drove him to kill. The monster lived a life full of pure hatred, he never felt love, and when he did feel happiness he got it taken away from him. The monster does kill many characters within the precision of the story, but in the beginning he does try to love. Shelley knew that death was a popular theme within Romantic literature, and she added much of it into her story.


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