Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is a tale of a scientist that would go to any extreme to get what he desires- knowledge. Prior to reading, it was assumed that the creature created by Victor Frankenstein is the real monster of the story- the vicious, ugly, and senseless being. Based on the creatures actions in the book, it can be inferred that the creature is a monster, but only on the outer surface. He shows compassion towards humans at first and thirst for knowledge and acceptance. This tenderness changes when he begins to resent humankind due to the judgments from others. The creature did directly kill three people, which many consider that to classify as a monster, but what drove him to that path? Was he born that way, or was it the constant isolation he received throughout his life? In Mary’s perspective, the creature is thought to be a monster because he doesn’t classify as a human. But if you think about it, what is the definition of being human or humane? Does it mean we shun what we create or look down upon those less fortunate than the human itself? If so, then Victor Frankenstein and the rest of humanity are as ‘human’ as you can get. By treating a being with abhor and automatically viewing him as less because he doesn’t fit the standard- humanity, including Victor- are the ones to blame and are also monsters of the story, but in a different way than the creature, they can be inferred to be the psychological monsters - the root cause of the destruction of the

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