In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Monster Is the True Victim of the Book.

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Imagine skipping that awkward childhood stage of life and going straight to being an adult; never having to worry about parent’s rules or curfews. But if all of a sudden, one was forced into the world of adults with the mindset of a newborn child, one would not know the difference between right and wrong and possibly even become a victim. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the monster is the true victim of the book. He is abused in multiple ways, he does nothing to warrant the unjust treatment he receives and he is forced into solitude. The monster can be seen as the true victim because he is abused both verbally and physically. Firstly, when he tries to enter the De Lacey cottage to talk to the blind man and try to get him to hear his…show more content…
He decides to grab the boy and try to get him to understand his story, but instead the boy begins to verbally abuse the monster. The boy says, “Monster! Ugly wretch! You wish to eat me and tear me to pieces. You are an ogre.” Pg 144. The boy knows nothing of this creature and yet, he is insistent on yelling rude things at this creature. Yet again, the monster is being abused, and by someone who is significantly smaller than himself. It is easy to see that because the monster is beaten by Felix, beaten by a whole village of people, and verbally abused by the little boy, that the monster is abused and can therefore be seen as the true victim. The monster is victimized because he does nothing to warrant the unfair treatment he gets considering he really does nothing wrong. First of all, the monster is not at fault for how he looks. Victor himself even says that what he had been working on for two whole years turned out as a catastrophe. When Victor brings his creation to life, he says, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form?” Pg 48. Victor works so hard and so long on his creation and he plans for it to be a beautiful creature and he messes up and instead ends up with something that scares everyone who sees it. The monster is mistreated because of how he looks which is not, in any way shape or form, his fault.
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