Frankenstein and Real Monster

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Discrimination Jennifer Shi

Discrimination is treating someone differently, often unfairly, because he/she is a part of a specific group, class or category of people. For instance, a girl named Wu Qing in China was discriminated against and could not find a job because how her body was a bit chubby and the scars in her face from an accident in her early childhood. Even though she was kind and used to be straight-A student, she had no friends. Now, she is looking for selling her kidney in order to pay the plastic surgery fee. Discrimination can change a person from innocent to evil is an important theme in the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Even though the main character in this novel is given no other name than “the monster” from the start, this is the opposite from the truth. In fact, the creature is extremely innocent at the beginning. It is only as a direct result of the cruel discrimination that he experiences, that in the end he actually becomes the real monster. Thus, he changes his personality from naive to evil and cruel.

At the beginning the monster is unbelievably innocent. We can see he is innocent as he has the characteristics of little life experience, kind and naive at the beginning. To start with, he has a very little life experience like a little baby. He does not know how to speak, see and hear; he does not understand that he needs food and air to survive; he does not understand the meaning of love and family means. He says to Frankenstein:”At first my eyes and ears did not work very well...” (Shelley 21) and he also says, “I learnt that people think it is very important and to come from a good family...love between mother and father and child...I had no family.”(Shelley 26-27)This quote shows how little life experience he has as growing up alone without any support that he supposes to get from Frankenstein – a little baby who needs parents’ love...
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