Pre-IB English II Period 1
25 May 2018
The Transformation of The Monster
In the novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley develops the character of the monster as a unnatural creature. The monster is described to have a complicated life as he is created by the hands of Victor Frankenstein. Victor isolates himself from his family and friends as he desired to discover the creation of life. Through many trial and errors, he is able to accomplish his goal, yet what he poses in his lab was a “yellow skin” wretch instead of a beautiful human (Shelley 45). In the beginning of the novel, the monster is unexposed to all of the things life has to offer and is left with curiosity of knowledge and is able to start to thinking abstractly. This leads to the emotions of hope for love and sympathy despite his horrific demeanor, however he ends his life with vengeance and anger towards his creator, Victor Frankenstein, as he abandons the monster .
The monster is born into a life filled with curiosity towards the world and wanted to understand it. He was able to learn how to use his senses to help him distinguish objects. One of the first encounters of obtaining knowledge was a fire left burning in the harsh cold winter by wandering beggars.He quickly learned that it “gave light as well as heat” (Shelley 75) as he had never seen this kind of light other than the light provided from the sun. He discovered that the fire “was useful in [his] food” as it was able to persevere “[his] berries and nuts” during his long and tiring travels (Shelley 75). He continued to observe and discover new and improved ways to survive out in the woods. Although, the one concept that the monster could never fully grasped was the fear that human beings experience when they encountered him. During his travels, he notices a cottage with food and decided to satisfy his hunger by asking for some from the cottagers, but before he could step in “children shriek” and “[villagers] fled and attacked [him]” (Shelley 76). He did not understand why but he knew the cause was because of his horrendous demeanor presence. This lack of knowledge brought him such terrible misery and distress as he just wanted to wanted to feel loved by other beings.
As the monster continues his travels, he distinguishes a single cottage on the outer boundary of the community. The monster is able to acquire the feeling of love through the cottagers as it is a blind father taking care of his two children, Agatha and Felix. The monster receives great pleasure observing them as he recognizes new emotions of happiness, love and affection as he felt “mixture of pain and pleasure” (Shelley 77) something he had never felt before. The monster was a reflections of the cottagers emotions as “they were unhappy, [he] was depressed” (Shelley 79). The monster gains hope for acceptance by the family during the cottagers state of despair. As he learns the family were not entirely happy due...