Frankenstein- Dealing with Culture, Humanity, and Nature of Being a Human

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When the Creature takes refuge in a hovel next to the cottage, he is able to make observations of the family living inside. What he sees can be described as both ideal and real culture. The ideal culture aspects of which he observes are the family’s affection for each other and the language they speak. Before he can even understand the words they are saying, the Creature can see the interactions between the family members and learns how a family can be structured. Even though they appeared to be sad and in poverty, they still had each other for support. This is how an ideal family, poor or rich, would function. When Safie moves in and the Creature fully learns the language, the real culture starts to come out. He hears about the family history and how they ended up there, revealing how corrupt society can actually be. He learns that people are discriminated against for their beliefs, nationality, and gender. For example, Safie’s mother was enslaved by the Turks because she was a Christian woman. Also, when the family’s plot to break Safie’s father out of prison was discovered, the family was kicked out of France and robbed of all their wealth. This type of culture is not representative of the ideal values in which the people of Europe hold, but in reality it still happens. The real culture is best observed from the viewpoint of the poor because they have less power to do anything about the injustices which they experience.
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