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Essay on Perception in Mary Shelly´s Frankenstein

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Perception; “The ability to see, hear or become aware of something through the senses.”

In Marry Shelly’s Frankenstein, perception plays a key part in the monsters’ icy demise. Not only is the story affected by how the villagers perceive the monster, but the readers’ perception, like in any literary work, plays the role of ultimate judge. Most responses to Frankenstein are derived directly from pop culture."The green dude with bolts, right?" or "Oh yeah… I love Frankenberry cereal!" Soon, they’ll realize that "Frankenstein" is not the monster, but actually the name of the creator; and although his creation remains technically nameless, it is given a few charming nicknames such as "creature" and "demon," (although there are more
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If the creature were to be asked questions such as --"Who are you?" "What are you?" "Where do you come from?"--he would be hard pressed for an answer. However, there are certain subtle clues in the text to point to the Creature possibly being of the Mongolian/Asian race using the th Century descriptions of man.
“UCLA professor Anne K. Mellor points to the Creature's Mongolian race by noting that at the beginning of the novel, Walton and his men have set off on their voyage to China by way of the North Pole.”
Mary Shelley describes this newborn giant as having yellow skin, black and flowing hair, the "dun white" or light grey-brown of both irises of his eyes and sockets. The Creature is definitely not Caucasian, nor is he the same race as his maker. Even the character known as Walton notices the difference in appearance between Victor and the traveller preceding him, as he notes Victor was "not as the other traveller seemed to be, a savage inhabitant of some undisclosed island, but an European.”

When the monster meets Frankenstein for the first true meeting in the novel, he steals away the scientist and takes him to his cave where he has stayed. He tells him the story of his
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