What comes to mind when you think of the literary character Frankenstein? You likely think of a monster with no morals or mental capability. However, this excerpt from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley shows us that there are more sides to the creature than his stereotypes lead us to believe. The first person point of view uses the character’s observations, words, and actions to change the reader’s opinion on the creature in a positive way.
The cavernous and threatening woods that stretch out before me are a godless sight, unfolding out for what seems like forever. Beautiful, yet terrifying. The low hanging clouds that seemed to almost hold some kind of electricity cover the woods like a descending blanket of mist trapping its victims below. The vast, contorted trees leak sticky sap like poisoned back of a frog; the trunks twisting up insanely, like the despairing limbs of the damned begging for forgiveness. The damp earth beneath my feet softens as I walk down deeper in to the undergrowth. The distant howl of a strange and unfamiliar creature echoes all around me and suddenly I am a submarine, submerged in this unknown woodland setting.
The challenges of race, class, and cultural privileges are frequently questioned, and how a person is perceived by society often is decided upon by these aspects. Although it is an everyday occurrence that a person is judged by what color their skin is or how much money their family has, it is a topic that most feel too uncomfortable to examine. However, Mary Shelley had the courage to verbalize the pain and suffering that results from oppression and judgment. She lets the reader delve into the mind of the subjugated, and in doing so she allows them to challenge the traditional ideas of cultural privilege, race, and class. It is proven that looks determine the way a person is perceived by the contrasting
He gives the creature a gigantic frame and grotesque figure. He never considered how such a creature, being so different, would be able to coexist with human beings or live a normal life.
I saw myself. Hideous, that 's what I was. People were afraid of me, so I have to hide. A hidden figure in the darkness of the night. I don’t remember why I looked like this therefore, I don’t remember anything , however I remember him. I saw him.
In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explores a wide range of themes concerning human nature through the thoughts and actions of two main characters and a host of others. Two themes are at the heart of the story, the most important being creation, but emphasis is also placed on alienation from society. These two themes are relevant even in today’s society as technology brings us ever closer to Frankenstein’s fictional achievement.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” If not one would answer, “Always read a book cover to cover before you make judgments.” Frankenstein is one such book. While Frankenstein is a book about a monster terrifying a city it is also about compassion, love and friendship. After reading the book you would discover Frankenstein, the monster, is a loving creature with feelings and wants to become a part of society.
Several fields have studied the relationship between creator and creation. The most significant aspect of this research considers the difference between nature and nurture. Sociologists, psychologists, scientists, and other professionals have tried to pin down the exact distinctions between these two types of upbringings. In literature, the same questions have been asked and studied using fictional characters, most famously in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, in 1667, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in 1818. The complexity of the characters in these texts creates the theme of nature versus nurture before they diverge and arrive at differing conclusions.
Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, symbolized a person’s necessity for acceptance by society. Society labels everything as good or bad, right or wrong, rich or poor. Although some of these labels may be correct, many are misconceptions. The monster, needed to be accepted by society, but instead was scorned, attacked, and shunned because of his outward appearance. The treatment of the monster was on the assumption that he was actually a monster. The only justification of this treatment was his outward appearance.
When man decides to assume the role of God, consequences are bound to plague such an ambition. In the case of Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the product of such an ambition is a creature born of the dead. Despite the frightening process of his creation, the creature wakes into the world as a benevolent being. He simply longs for acceptance and friendship, but due to his unsightly features, the world is quick to condemn him as the monster he appears to be. With an unbearable sense of rejection in his heart, the monster begins to turn wicked. Soon enough he is responsible for multiple deaths in the name of revenge. Although many treat him unfairly, the monster is fully aware of his actions
The shore near, the scent of home far, but I clung on. The rough bark of the log chafed against my bare chest, and my hands were weary from holding on. I inhaled, praying that my body can push toward the sand, and I felt my strength bitterly rise for a last stand. I heaved my futile body on the dry sea of sand and quietly allowed the light to dance one last time in the sunset of my existence.
“In Frankenstein, the narratives seem to grow organically from one another: it is impossible to extricate the narratives from one another, as they are so closely linked and interwoven.”