An outsider is someone who is not a member of a particular circle or
group of people He/She is isolated (separated) from other people and
regarded as being different such as people looking, dressing, acting
or talk differently. Outsiders have always been around and always will
exist! Because society (i.e. - those who are not outsiders) like
someone to pick on to make themselves feel better or superior.
Outsiders are treated in various ways, sometimes people pity them but
they are usually rejected by other people.
Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein tells the story of a young Swiss
student, Victor Frankenstein, who discovers the secret of animating
lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates a monster that
valves revenge his creator (Victor Frankenstein) after being rejected
from society. The novel fitted into the gothic novel, these novels
were full of exaggerated horrors and when written between the late 18th
and 19th century. This was also the time of romantic movements dealt
with powerful feelings, nature and the idea of new beginnings and
great possibilities. In England there had been great scientific
discoveries especially electricity, these had lead to the industrial
revolution. This revolution threatened people because they thought
that machines were more powerful than they were.
Shelley was born in 1797 she was the daughter of a well known writer,
Mary Wollstonecraft who died while giving birth to Shelley. As a young
woman, Shelley was close friends with writers and poets including
Perry Bysshe, Shelley and Lord Bryran who challenged her to write a
story, her gothic horror novel, Frankenstein was the result of of this
challenge it's narrated by a captai...
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Frankenstein dies, exhausted. The captain finds the creation in o
cabin with the body of his creator.
The scene where Captain Walton talks to the creation and it is a very
moving and powerful one. First, Captain Walton's reaction on first
seeing the creation is quit extreme, he says "never did I behold a
vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling
hideousness. There was something so scaring and unearthly in his
ugliness". The most moving thing of all is the way the creation talks
to the Captain about himself, he revels his life in a complex was all
his misery, hurt and ambitions........
To conclude in Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein", Victor
Frankenstein has created the ultimate out cast. The unfortunate
creation was rejected by his creator, victor, and by all who saw him
and so he lived a miserable existence of an out cast.
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