English Paper: Rhetorical Analysis of Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley makes us question who really the “monster” is. Is it the creature or Victor? While the creature does commit murder, he does not understand the consequences of his actions. He is like an infant who is unfortunately left to learn about the workings of society, and his place in it, on his own. He has no companions and feels a great sense of loneliness and abandonment. The creature voices his frustration and anger and seems to try to project his feelings of guilt onto Victor, as if to show him that he is the ultimate cause of the creature’s misery while he is simply the victim of Victor’s manic impulse. Shelley utilizes words, phrases, and specific tones when the creature vents his misery to Victor and this evokes, amongst the …show more content…
While Victor is looked upon to be a normal man while the creature is seen as a monster specifically because of his physical appearance. At eight feet, with a gigantic body and a disfigured face, society only looks upon the creature with fear and disgust. However, I wonder, couldn’t Victor be a monster as well? He abandoned the creature in the horror of the moment and even attempts to take the creature’s life at one point. To me, the creature’s feelings of rage, revenge, and hurt are what any “normal” human would have felt if left to fend for themselves on their own, with no experience of love or kindness from anyone.
I believe that the novel Frankenstein questions several social conventions and norms of society, especially when it comes to our notions of humanity and monstrosity. What makes a monster? What makes a human? This leads to the question of whether we are really humans or monsters. Humanity tends to place a large emphasis on appearance and those who do not fit into this category of the “ideal or typical physical appearance” are unfortunately more likely to be looked upon unfavorably. While we say to not judge a book by its cover we, in fact, do so, on a regular basis. The media plays a major role in influencing our perspective in terms of the fine line between humanity and monstrosity. This has led to
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