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Self Discovery In Frankenstein

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Experiencing a mental state where the world appears at odds is not a foreign idea: feelings of isolation, persecution, and unhappiness with society. Nevertheless, the journey to self-discovery does not adhere to a universal guideline. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jean-Jaques Rousseau’s Reveries of the Solitary Walker explore how experiences with exile shape attitudes towards society and nature. However, through a comparative analysis of the texts, their difference lie in the positive and negative impacts of forced and voluntary exile; Rousseau’s self-imposed isolation is enriching while the creature’s forced exile is second-rate. This essay seeks to examine the implications of solidarity and how it impacts their journeys to self-discovery.…show more content…
Rather, it is others who alienate it because of its grotesque appearance. The monster is quite literally ‘born’ into perpetual isolation beginning with Victor’s abandonment of it. He denies it domestic safety when he flees to his bedchamber. Victor disregards the monster’s utterance of “inarticulate sounds while a grin wrinkled his cheeks,” then escapes its outstretched hand “seemingly to detain [him]” [Shelley 49]. Examining the monster’s body language as though an impressionable infant, its actions can be read as a child-like plea for its father though the absence of speech not yet learned. Instead, its unattractive appearance causes Victor to run, leaving the creature alone with no information about himself or his surroundings. Therefore, Victor’s abandonment is a crucial justification of the monster’s negative experiences with society and nature and actions in desiring community. The monster’s alienation from family is the missing first school of human nature, and the first lesson where he learns he does not belong. The creature leaves into the wilderness to learn about the world and himself on it own, only to understand his interactions are…show more content…
A substantial event was his observations of the De Lacy family and his growing desire to be apart of them. After learning the “God-like science” of language that he hopes will gain him entry into society, he chooses to confide in the blind man, who is also an exile [Shelley]. Their mutual hindrance renders them a likely pair, as the blind man is unable to be swayed by the monster’s stature. The monster’s speech, which Chris Baldick renders “the monsters most convincingly human characteristic” moves the blind man [Baldick]. The monster’s plea to “not desert [him] in the hour of trail” expresses the severity of his desire [Shelley 121]. Despite his benevolence, he is again exiled from another family. By now, he is “miserable” from the “barbarity of man,” and his reflections on his experiences make him assume he is “malicious because he is miserable” [Shelly 96]. Although he is aware that society is corrupt and the reason for his horrible experiences, he still turns to society to sooth his sadness by asking Victor to create a creature of his own
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