Frankenstein Monster Analysis

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The key figure in the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is a monster who “was benevolent and good; [but] misery made [him] a fiend” (Shelley 84). The monster is originally created to possess love, kindness, and other human characteristics, but after years of solitude due to his inhuman ugliness, his life is left in ruins. Humans’ normal response to being alone or feeling like no one cares about them, is to curse others and the world. The monster has the same reaction after he is physically and emotionally rejected by society and his creator. Frankenstein explores the journey of a monster and how he deals with his human emotions when he is let out into the world to fend for himself. The monster’s response to his isolation from society is…show more content…
Although the monster is constructed out of human parts, he is disfigured, “unnaturally hideous,” and deemed society’s “chief object of horror” (Shelley 112). He is instantly labeled as an evil and destructive creature, overshadowing any sort of goodness he may possess. However, the monster is vulnerable and highly sensitive similar to a human baby, but physically continues to be humanity's “chief object of horror.” While the monster reads the journal written by his creator, he is horrified by what he reads: “‘Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. `Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?’” (Shelley 111). The monster is shocked that his sole purpose was to bring glory to Frankenstein, but now his creator considers him to be a regretful mistake. Like being abandoned by a parent, he is filled with rage and dejection after hearing how his creator wishes to have nothing to do with him. After hearing it was a “hateful day” when he “received life,” the monster goes on to question his worth and reason for existing. By thinking about his place in the world and the emotions from his experiences, he ultimately tries to understand his human
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