Frankenstein: Understanding of Relationships

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The creatures understanding of the roles genders play in life is that of a person who has never fully experienced any real interactions with either gender. The majority of his knowledge about gender and the roles they play comes through observing the De Lacey family, consisting of an elderly father, a daughter Agatha, a son Felix, and his wife Safie. Through his observations and eavesdropping they have taught him that both male and female have a compassionate and admirable side, but his brief interactions with both the De Lacey’s and others have revealed a darker side of the male gender which is more violent and untrustworthy than that of the female. But through his experiences with the De Lacey family he comes to believe that a life is only worth living when you have a female companion with whom you could share your life. The creatures experience with the De Lacey family is what gave him his knowledge and views of the world in which he lives.
Although his encounters with both genders has never gone favorably for him, while both experience fear upon witnessing his monstrous figure, it is only the male who through his fear reacts in a hateful or violent manner usually while protecting a female companion; the most tragic example of this is when the creature reveals himself to the family to whom he has come to love and admire (De Lacey Family) “Agatha fainted; and Safie, unable to attend her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung: in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground, and struck me violently with a stick.”(Shelley 110) It is through interactions like this which turns the creature from admiration towards the male gender t...

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...anion. The creatures understanding of the world seems to be that of fear and hatred, and only through the companionship of a female will he ever truly be happy or free from his anger and loneliness. “My companion will be of the same nature as myself, and will be content with the same fare.” (Shelley 120) This statement alone shows the ignorance of the creature, thinking just because a creature is made with his disadvantages and likeness that she would share his same dispositions on life, that she would come to love him, or that she would be content to live in solitude from humanity. Through his own hands the creature is possibly creating a world even more dreadful than before, a world in which a creature has his disfigurements but doesn’t share his affections.

Works Cited

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Oxford World’s Classics, 1818 text. 106-120. Print.
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