Injustice In Frankenstein Essay

1438 WordsOct 3, 20176 Pages
Mary Shelley’s literary masterpiece, Frankenstein, relates the story of Victor Frankenstein and his unnatural creation, told in three distinct narratives that eventually lead to Frankenstein’s disastrous end. One narrative in particular, that of Frankenstein’s creation, highlights the creature’s conversion into a true monster rather than an almost human being as a result of a terrible injustice upon him. The access to his narrative allows for a deeper understanding of the creature’s very nature and the impact the injustices in his life have on him. The creature that Frankenstein creates is not a monster by nature; rather, the misfortunes that befall upon him and the injustice that he feels cause him to become a heartless monster on a…show more content…
Through his observations, the monster learns about human emotion: “The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me: when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathised in their joys” (87). As the cottagers teach an Arabian who is living with them English, the monster participates in the lessons from afar, relaying that “My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken” (92). With this, Shelley characterizes the monster as a sympathizing being and a fast-learning creature. He learns of “the difference of sexes; and the birth and growth of children...how the mind of the youth expanded and gained knowledge; of brother, sister, and all the various relationships which bind one human being to another in mutual bonds,” (94) and he even “obtain[s] a cursory knowledge of history” (92). This relates to the monster’s understanding of justice because his knowledge is limited to what he learns and teaches himself as he slowly develops a higher level of thinking. After seeing the affection the members of the family that he spies on have for each other, he feels entitled to the same emotions from humans and wants to be
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