Mary Shelly 's Deconstruction Of The Human Experience
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One may question the durability of “first impressions”, contemplating the long-term implications of initial meetings. Alexander Todorov, a psychologist from Princeton University, conducted a social experiment evaluating conclusions based on appearance. In a five-tiered approach, he finds that a mere tenth of a second’s exposure to someone’s face was sufficient enough for the participants to draw inferences on the person. As time progressed, their original attitudes towards the subject’s attractiveness, likeability, trustworthiness, competence, and aggressiveness became increasingly more negative and more confident. Yet, the soundness of such mechanisms ought to be received as somewhat dubious and unreliable; honestly, do these inestimably miniscule moments truly provide enough time to arrive at meaningful deductions? In many ways, Mary Shelly’s deconstruction of the human experience – using her creature’s maturation as microcosm for the human social experience – expunges the truth behind one’s immediate, and often rash, assertions. Through her focus on the creature 's miseries derived from his repudiation, she illuminates the prioritization of the human psyche on corporeal attributes, exploring the dichotomy between superficiality and impactful communication in her romantic novel Frankenstein.
From his biased description of his creature’s conception, Victor Frankenstein clarifies his abhorrence for the creature’s physical features, which necessarily prevents a development