The True Monsters Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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The True Monsters
In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster whose appearance brings ineffable terror and destruction into his life. However, the monster’s appearance and actions are not an accurate representation of the monster and are influenced by many outward factors that ultimately trace back to his creator. The monster’s grotesque outward appearance acts as a mirror as it reflects the true inward qualities of Victor as well as shows the flaws and abnormalities of the relationship between Victor, society, and the monster.
Ever since Mary Shelley’s work gained its popularity, society has been distorting and exaggerating the image and horrors of Frankenstein’s monster. Although the monster’s outward appearance is depicted as hideous and deformed in both the novel and the commercial industry, the true horror of the monster is the reflection of his creator, Victor Frankenstein. The monster acts as a mirror into the soul of Victor and showcases his hidden morals and beliefs. Through his creation, Victor tries to quench his thirst of knowledge and power. By delving into the unnatural elements of nature, Victor feverously attempts to obtain a Godlike dominance. This obsession for power and knowledge is seen in the structure and form of the monster itself. The monster’s abnormally large characteristics and measurements shows the even more unnatural cravings that Victor feels. However, once his creation comes to life, Victor becomes petrified by…
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