Personality In Frankenstein

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Personalities Form and its Ability to Change From the minute we are born we are told what we are supposed to do and what is right or wrong. Sometimes it is our parents who tell us and sometimes its the society we live in. We are always told who we are, then we hit our teenage rebellion years and we try to rebel against what society and our parents tell us to do, but our we really changing who we are? The answer is no. People 's formative years strongly dictate who they become but society can further shape them as they age. The debate on what forms our personalities: Nature versus Nurture. Are we who we are by our genes and our genetic makeup or by how our parents raised us? Both of these strongly influence who it is we become and what traits…show more content…
This mindset shapes who we become and what it is we do. One article, posted by Jason 's Connection, regarding the "Frankenstein Effect" discussed how society makes there own monsters and that "No one starts out as the monster we meet. As a society, we build our own monsters. I am not a monster. Neither was Frankenstein’s creature. We are merely people and beings with fresh wounds and terrible experiences." This article discussed an interesting idea showing that how society treats one another will result in how we feel about ourselves and how we act in specific scenarios and how we treat others. This idea shows that when we think of other people we give them specific qualities. In the book Frankenstein, which the effect is named after, this idea is present when the creature comes in contact with a town: ¨The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel, quite bare, and making a wretched appearance after the places I had beheld in the village" (74). The creature did not know any better and he was hungry and just wanted a place to stay. He was doing something that society deemed as wrong and he looked different from the others so he was not accepted by society and kicked out. The creature…show more content…
We cannot, or at least not very easily. Once we have been given a specific personality there is little that can change it. The article by Melissa Dahl, "How much can you really change after 30," discusses this idea and specifically talks about how and when a person 's personality becomes fixed. "The Principles of Psychology", by William James, is thought to be the first time modern psychology observed the idea that personality settles down, or stabilizes, in adulthood. "In most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again," reads one of its most quoted lines. Dahl discusses that by the age of 30 there is nothing left to do to change a person 's personality but it is stuck in how it was formed. The idea of inability to change is also in Frankenstein in which Mary Shelley discusses ¨Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction" (23). This quote by Victor represents that once he made his decision to create the creature there was no going back. This can also be seen by how infatuated Victor was with death as a child that causes him as a young adult to create life from death. Once our personalities are formed there is nothing that we can do to change it, despite all the ways we try to change we
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