What Makes A Monster? Mary Shellys "Frankenstein"

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What makes a monster? A monster makes itself. A person will not be considered a monster if they are kind, gentle and warm hearted. You've never heard a person say, "Gandhi was a monster," or "Mother Theresa was a monster." You could hear someone jokingly call a tall or large person a monster just because of his or her size.Society can also make a monster. As you saw in Frankenstein, if the monster had a normal body or a normal look to him, he wouldn't have been rejected, which, in turn, he wouldn't have killed all those people he did. In the book, the monster is rejected outright of love and compassion. His sheer size and look frightens ...view middle of the document...

..although it's boring enough as it is. Even though he killed all of those people, we still felt a sense of pity or understanding towards the monster. We understand that everyone needs love and compassion. Now a days can understand that there are other things that are important than just your looks, although some people can find that hard to believe.We can compare the monster in Frankenstein and other monsters we have come to learn of. The number one point is that the monsters looks are something we aren't familiar with, or don't understand. Most Sci-Fi movies have the alien as the monster. The alien is always slimy and deformed. Aliens frighten us because we do not understand them, and because the look the Hollywood gives them scares us. I mean, I know if I came face to face with a 10-foot tall slimy alien, I would be terrified of what it might do to me. It's not like a house dog where I know in most cases it just wants to do is sniff or lick me, this alien might want to blow me to smithereens with a ray gun!Another reason why people in the book Frankenstein were so frightened of the monster was because, let's face it, people during that time period weren't the brightest of all people. They were entertained and frightened VERY easily. I'm sure that seeing a gigantic man with his head and different body parts stitched together would have been absolutely terrifying. So in a sense a person can make themselves a monster with their personality, but only society can make them a monster by their looks.

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