In Mary Shelley´s Gothic novel, Frankenstein, the Monster once claimed, “The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.” Frankenstein, since the 1910 film adaptation, has known a series of several adaptations that changed drastically, not only the plot but one of the main characters, the Monster, from stealing its creator´s name to being portrayed as a cold villain. Though, in the original storyline, the biggest threat to society is the creator itself, the one pretending to play as God, Victor Frankenstein. This essay will discuss the nature of the main characters of the novel and conclude who is the “real monster” in the end.
A human, by definition, is a being that is susceptible to the sympathies of human nature, such as sadness and kindness; furthermore, this also suggests that one is human should they possess the biological components of a human organism. Based on this definition, I believe that the monster in Frankenstein is considered human, and Mary Shelley’s portrayal of the monster is contradictory of René Descartes’ depiction of the human mind and his predictions of biotechnology in the future. Shelley’s monster is more aligned with the tenets of John Locke in An Essay On Human Understanding, where Locke discusses a more mechanical aspect of the human mind.
A tormented existence can only result in one’s demise. Forming healthy relationships is a staple of human life. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature was fated to become a product of his environment. Perhaps one of the greatest influences in one’s life is how one is raised. The Creature is wrongly treated due to his frightening facade. In this novel, it can be made obvious that it is not what is on the inside that counts.
After the death of Frankenstein, the Creature is met face-to-face with Walton, and here the Creature meets his final challenge of communicating and addressing a human who might have compassion for him. Upon seeing and hearing from the Creature, Walton experiences similar reactions as Frankenstein upon first communicating with the Creature. His physical appearance once again stains with utter disgust any attempt at showing benevolence: “Never did I behold a vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling hideousness. I shut my eyes involuntarily” (Shelley 211). Once this reaction takes place, the Creature’s words do cause a small time of wavering of compassion for Walton, although ultimately he does reject the Creature once
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a Narrative which tells of Victor Frankenstein and his inhuman creation which he calls, a “wretch.” She writes entirely the book in modern english, which suits the setting and time frame of the story. Shelly utilizes approximately five people to narrate her book. The letters in the first twenty-five pages and a majority of Frankenstein is narrated by Robert Walton. Chapters six through eight, through letters, are mainly narrated by Elizabeth Lavenza and Alphonse Frankenstein. Chapters eleven through eighteen are composed of Frankenstein 's creation narrating his own story, and of Frankenstein speaking very little. Chapter eighteen through the closing of the book is narrated by Victor Frankenstein as he tells
The 19th century reader of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was treated to a tale of fantastic proportions. A story of a monster that was created from parts of corpses and could be brought to life would have been an extremely scary story. They would not know if the creation of a monster in this way was really a scientific possibility. The 21st century audience however, now knows that this is not scientifically possible. The fear that was struck in the hearts of the 19th century reader by this monster is now gone. With this in mind the story of Frankenstein now has to be altered to conjure the same fear in our current society of that which existed in the hearts of the original audience. In Hollywood's remakes of the original
The Frankenstein monster is often portrayed in the movies as unemotional and violent: a barely functioning behemoth. However, these depictions are far from the canon storyline. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, the creator of what shall be called the Creature, was actually rivaled in empathy and joie de vivre by his wretch. Throughout the story, the Creature showed more compassion and emotion than Frankenstein, but committed multiple monstrous things after facing neglect and trauma.
“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good, Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood” a verse from the notorious rapper Lil Wayne who judges one’s physical appearance rather the inner qualities that never is seen. Throughout the last century, society has been based on superficial concepts of good or evil, beautiful or ugly, ordinary or abnormal. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature is depicted as a overwhelming ugly monster with superhuman strength and the lust to kill his next victim. Playing with the elements of God, Dr. Frankenstein’s dream was to bring upon life regardless of how it was created. Frankenstein’s creation is human in the sense that
The room was filled with a deep, deafening unbroken silence for many minutes after, nobody moved, or even dared to utter a single noise. We heard the crashing noise of many supports and other structures falling from their support and as I moved towards the entrance, trying to open the door, it wouldn’t move an inch, clearly having been blocked by a pillar of wood and stone.
A lot of interesting things happen in these two chapters. First, Alex gets manipulated into spending New Year’s Eve at the nursing home, with Laurie. When Laurie asks about Alex’s sentence and how much time he has left, and Sol hears, things go wrong. Sol becomes very agitated with Alex about how he was just a punishment (then more mad when he learns what Alex did). Laurie later attempts to convince Alex to go back to the home, but he doesn’t and they sleep at his house. In Chapter 12, Alex’s dad gets reintroduced when his parents reveal to Alex that they are back together (even after, according to Alex, spending twelve months and $30,000 fighting each other in court).
The creature is miserable because the creator just made him and right after he got afraid and then he wanted to kill the creature because Victor thinks that he killed his brother William.According to the text it said, "The tortures of hell are to mild for thy crimes you've done. So what he is trying to say is that he hall go to hell for the people he killed including William. In my opinion I think that the creature didn't kill William because he said in the text that his soul is full of love and community.An other reason is because he lives in the mountains and in
Throughout the novel, “Frankenstein,” the “monster” was seen as hideous. As a result, many including the creator himself did not give the “monster” a chance and portrayed him as evil. Rather than looking at his personality, they looked at his outward appearance, which scared them off and made them assume he was a “monster.” When readers, including myself, read this story, we feel disappointed about how during this time everything revolved based upon looks and not on what really mattered like charisma. Overall he is portrayed as an evil, scary creature. When Victor describes him he is so harsh and cruel it makes him seem to be a monster. “He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks,” (Shelley 59) this phrase proves how when Victor describes the monster he did not care to think about what the monster was trying to say because he was too scared of his horrible looks.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature is alienated from society because he looks deformed and hideous. In romantic writing, in one looks normal then he or she would be considered good but if one looks unpleasant then he or she is considered evil. The creature was ostracized from society because of his appearance which is similar to how Shelley was shunned by society because of her liberal actions. The creature was excluded from society because society's values were based on appearances.
The Creature rescues a young girl from drowning. This act of saving the girl from drowning was misinterpreted and the people in the town assumed that The Creature was trying to murder the girl rather than the true act of rescuing