The Archetypal Horror Character In Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips” (Shelley 58). This quote is from the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. It is a horror story and is about a man, Victor Frankenstein, who builds a creature. This creature first starts off quiet, not knowing much about the world or life itself. But, over the course of the story he then begins to change, after experiencing what the real world is actually like. The monster of…show more content…
This is why he is pleading that Victor creates him a friend. Therefore, the monster’s behavior and character is changing from how it was in the beginning of the book, quiet, to now being hostile and forceful. The monster is becoming even more like the horror character that most people picture, very dangerous. For example, when Victor arrives in a town, he hears that a man was killed. He is taken to this man and he ends up being his best friend, Henry Clerval. He sees huge hand prints all over his neck, and knew it was the monster who killed him. “I entered the room where the corpse lay and was led up to the coffin. How can I describe my sensations on beholding it? I feel yet parched with horror, nor can I reflect on that terrible moment without shuddering and agony. The examination, the presence of the magistrate and witnesses, passed like a dream from my memory when I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me” (Shelley 216). This quote demonstrates that the monster is coming after the friends of Victor because he is not pleasing the monster. Also, this is the third person that the monster has killed that is very close to Victor. Therefore, showing that him being dangerous, is being taken to another level. Similarly, when William was killed, Justine, a close family friend, was accused of killing him. “During this interval, one of the servants, happening to examine the apparel she had worn on the night of the murder, had discovered in her
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