Who Is the Real Monster in Frankenstein?

analytical Essay
1708 words
1708 words

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a nineteenth century literary work that delves into the world of science and the plausible outcomes of morally insensitive technological research. Although the novel brings to the forefront several issues about knowledge and sublime nature, the novel mostly explores the psychological and physical journey of two complex characters. While each character exhibits several interesting traits that range from passive and contemplative to rash and impulsive, their most attractive quality is their monstrosity. Their monstrosities, however, differ in the way each of the character’s act and respond to their environment. Throughout Frankenstein, one assumes that Frankenstein’s creation is the true monster. While the creation’s actions are indeed monstrous, one must also realize that his creator, Victor Frankenstein is also a villain. His inconsiderate and selfish acts as well as his passion for science result in the death of his friend and family members and ultimately in his own demise.

Throughout the novel, Shelley investigates the idea of monstrosity. She makes the point that a monster does not have to be genuinely evil in order to be considered monstrous. Shelley presents two characteristics of mankind in order to prove her case. The first example is Frankenstein’s creation. Upon first being introduced to his creation, the reader initially labels him as a monster because of his physical appearance. He is portrayed as a man with “…yellow skin scarcely cover[ing] the work of muscles and arteries beneath…watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set…shrivelled complexion and straight black lips” (Shelley 58). Not only does the reader view him as...

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...most readers tend to sympathize with Frankenstein because of the way in which he is mentally and physically harmed by his creation. However, one must also realize that while Frankenstein is a victim in the novel, he also exhibits features that make him a monster. These monstrous qualities, however, stem from his passion for science and his desire to create life. Not only does the reader criticize and pity Frankenstein, but the reader also empathizes with Frankenstein’s creation. He was unjustly shunned by society because of his physical appearance. On the other hand, the reader realizes that like Frankenstein, the creation can not be sympathized with entirely. He too exhibits traits that make him appear villainous. It is the duality of these two characters that make Frankenstein and his creation two of the most appealing characters of the nineteenth century.

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  • Analyzes mary shelley's frankenstein, a nineteenth century literary work that delves into the world of science and the plausible outcomes of morally insensitive technological research.
  • Analyzes how shelley investigates the idea of monstrosity by presenting two characteristics of mankind in order to prove her case.
  • Analyzes how the reader initially pities the monster for being rejected by society, but one can't completely forgive him for his ruthless actions.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein is an ignorant and selfish scientist whose longing for power results in the harm of others. his ignorance and irresponsibility reappear when he completes his experiment.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein's selfish actions are not the only ways that make him a monster. his passion for science cripples his character and his ability to think logically.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein's creation is his alter ego, while the monster is the antithesis of him. these character traits remain constant in the two characters throughout the novel.
  • Explains that they are a wretch. they have murdered the lovely and the helpless, strangled the innocent as they slept, and grasped to death his throat who never injured them or any other living thing.
  • Analyzes how all of the emotions previously experienced by frankenstein are transferred to the monster, who realizes that his actions were not morally correct.
  • Analyzes how count montoni's deception and cunning contribute to his aura as an evil villain in the mysteries of udolpho.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein's obsession for wealth and power stunts his growth as a character, while his desire helps him develop as an individual.
  • Narrates how they turned to contemplate the deep and voiceless grief of their elizabeth. their father's woe, and the desolation of that late so smiling home, all were the work of thrice-accursed hands.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein's grief propels him into attempting to resolve the unfortunate situation. while his initial actions were monstrous, his attempts at resolving them balance this evilness.
  • Analyzes how shelley's novel discusses in depth the idea of where and when to draw the line when it comes to science and ethical boundaries. frankenstein abandons the study of morality to his dear friend, henry clerval.
  • Analyzes how frankenstein presents the world of science and the potentially dangerous outcomes that occur when science is pushed too far.
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