Frankenstein and Monster Stalks Victor

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The cruelty of society, within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is examined in various ways. The monster within the novel experiences the world when he is created and becomes lost. Since the dawn of man, adapting to society and possessing a feeling of belonging has been an instinct. Many different societies possess different cultures that individuals always try to accustom themselves to, from the way people dress to how a family is raised. Those who do not accustom themselves to the accepted culture are looked down upon, perceived as an outcast, and sometimes feared by. Something as minor as dressing with different attire than those in one’s society can cause an atmosphere of strange feelings towards that someone. The monster’s dominating presence of eight feet and ragged clothes only aid his misjudgment. Individuals who are not accepted by society tend to feel unloved. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, the lonely hideous monster is misjudged and misunderstood by Victor, the cottage people, and the rustic man, as he strives for a life of meaning, acceptance, and belonging.

When the monster was created he was abandoned by his creator, Victor Frankenstein. Since childhood, Victor had always been obsessed with science, especially studying the works of alchemists. “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation,” says Victor to Waldman (Shelley 18). Victor’s passion for science enabled him to master everything his professors had to teach him. His perfectionist quality and his determined attitude aided to his strive to achieve more knowledge and unravel the “secret of life.” After bringing the monster to life, Victor becomes disgusted with his creation and flees him. His creation, the monster, was grotesque, and in Victor’s eyes, seemed to be evil simply because...
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