The Real Monster Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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Humans find it far too easy to make judgments based upon the outward appearance, deeming one individual to be of lesser value than the other because of society’s standards. However, when the true character of a person is brought to light, any previous assessment becomes highly questionable. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley leads readers to inquire as to who the real monster is through the conveyance of both Victor and the creature’s differing perception of women. At first glance, Victor Frankenstein’s early life makes it seem as if he will be the perfect husband and family man. During his childhood he is spoiled with love and as a young man he is given all of the resources that he needs to become successful. This is all shown to have the opposite effect though, ironically encouraging him to carry out his eccentric experiments and to neglect the woman he supposedly loves. When Caroline first tells her son that she has a surprise for him, the surprise being Elizabeth, Victor takes this very seriously. To him, the little girl is his to take care of and protect, but this cute and child-like affection mutates into how one would feel about an object, rather than a human being. Once grown, Victor refers to Elizabeth as his “more than sister” and states “to you alone do I consecrate my life and my endeavours for contentment” (Shelley 29, 233). Rarely does he speak of what he does for Elizabeth, but rather what Elizabeth does for him, saying “Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits; her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion, and inspire me with human feelings when sunk in torpor. She wept with me and for me. When reason returned she would remonstrate and endeavour to inspire me with resignation (... ... middle of paper ... ...ill never be accepted as a man. Women are the delicate ones who speak words of compassion and fondness. They love unconditionally and care deeply for the people in their lives. Even though Justine dies as a result of the creature’s horrific actions, the only woman that the creature murders is Elizabeth. She possesses the love, support, and care that will greatly benefit Victor’s life and the creature takes all of this away from him. At the conclusion of the novel, the question stands as to who the real monster is. While the simplest conclusion is usually drawn based upon the physical traits of a person, a deeper look at their morals and the manner in which they treat others can be the truest test. Since the beginning of time, women have most often been seen as inferior to men and, as a result, the way that both Victor and the creature perceive them speaks volumes.
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