The Inevitable Downfall of the Truly Unique
Man was created as a species, a group, so that no one would ever have to be alone. There are millions of people all over the world so that anyone can find someone to connect with. When someone is forced to be isolated from society, it causes one to lose their sense of self. In both the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and the film Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton, isolation is critical in the creature’s and Edward’s development as it leads to both characters downfall. Although the evolution of the isolation differs, Victor’s creature is isolated from the beginning, while Edward is accepted briefly into society. In both works the creator abandons their creation but while Victor abandons his creation from the moment it awakes, Edward’s creator teaches him as much as he can before abandoning him through death. The creators are not the only people to isolate the creations most people the creatures come in contact with abandoned them eventually. In both works, the creator is essentially responsible for the downfall of their creation simply by creating it. In Victor Frankenstein’s case he created the monster simply out of curiosity. The creature is left alone because Frankenstein is a selfish coward. Victor shows his selfishness when he says, “what had been the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp.”(45) When victor says this he is displaying his lack of interest in the creature as a being and only cares about his own personal achievement. The fact that the creature’s only “family” does not even care about him does not give him any reason to have any hope in humanity. The lack of interest in the monster post-creation displays to the reader that Victor has no interest in helping the monster to grow or learn. Victor will not stay with the monster after the rush of success and personal pride wears off. The rush wears of very quickly, in fact it disappears the moment the monster comes to life. Frankenstein explains this experience this experience to the reader in this quotation; “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs. How can I describe the wretch whom such infinite pains and care I had endured to form” (50) This quotation shows how inconsiderate victor is because the moment the creature awakens, he does not like what he sees and takes off, leaving the monster defenceless. The monster depended of Victor to teach him how to behave and how to survive. The monster never experienced anyone’s love, or genuine emotion besides hatred. This experience led the monster to the later realization that mankind is close-minded and that he would never be like them, leading to his isolation. The effect of victors instantaneous disgust with the monsters appearance is apparent when he says the following to Victor, “All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.”(95) This statement shows the creatures understanding of human nature. He understands his relationship with Victor as well as Victor’s views on him. The monster is affected by his abandonment because he understands he will never have anyone of another species understand him, therefor he must be alone. He must be isolated because he is one of a kind and misunderstood. However creature is not the only misunderstood creation of man. Edward Scissorhands is another example of an abandoned creation. Edward’s creator was a lonely old man longing for company. His creator made him out of love. The inventor shows this when he offers Edward hand to replace his scissor hands. This shows the inventors love because he wants Edward to fit in. He successfully creates new life, now he wants Edward to be able to live his life to his full potential. The...
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