Frankenstein as a Critique of Mary Shelley's Society Essay

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Frankenstein as a Critique of Mary Shelley's Society

Nature plays a large role in the novel, "Frankenstein", both as the natural world and human nature. The book is clearly not a story of fun and happiness. It is a sad but beautiful story of the need for love and acceptance in society. This reflects a lot on
Mary Shelley's life, as you can tell from the language used in the text that she is writing from experience in many parts of the book. Civilization in the days of Mary Shelley is very similar to modern day society, in certain respects, such as the significant presence of justice and fear of the unknown - both of which play important and pivotal roles in "Frankenstein".

Right from the moment of the monster's "birth", he
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Although it is almost impossible to avoid making these snap decisions, they can almost always be changed later on, and put right once you get to know the person. Everyone wants to be accepted for who they are, regardless of appearances or stature, however this is not always the case. This can be related to the treatment the monster receives upon meeting other people. He is not "the norm", and is undoubtedly ugly to look at, but that does not make him a bad person. Shelley manages to show this in such a way that the reader feels sorry for the monster, but we can see that it is something that is unlikely to change, as it is a normal part of society and human nature. Shelley shows her disgust at this harsh treatment through the monster's feelings, which are shared with Victor later on in the book, and it is as if the author is pouring out her emotions, rather than the monster's.

The hideous figure, the disfigured stature of this monster is the first thing noticed by Victor Frankenstein. "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles." This reference to the monster's yellow skin depicts the same behaviour conducted in modern day racism. The colour of one's skin does not dictate the intelligence, attitude and personality of a person. Regardless of the yellow skin of the monster,
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