Frankenstein: Social Isolation
25% of Americans say they have no meaningful social support at all, not a single person they can confide in. As a consequence, over half of all Americans have no close confidants or friends outside their immediate family. The situation today is much worse today than it was when similar information was gathered in 1985. Mary Shelley’s monster is intelligent and philosophical and he often thinks at great length about the nature of his own being. "God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours." (Shelley 154) When the creature describes his process of discovery describing how he learned both the spoken and written language from eavesdropping on the conversation on a family of rustics, looking at books, and his own creative reasoning. In this novel it is clear that the creature is not just intelligent, but is a genius! In fact, he is a being of incredible abilities. His transformation to the philosopher he was near the end of the novel takes place over a couple of months, not years. That is indeed much different from any average human being, thats for sure. In Mary Shelley's novel Victor Frankenstein's creature suffered from Social Isolation in every way. Even though the monster is both physically and mentally superior to a human.
While the Hollywood movie does indeed make him big and strong, like Shelley did in her novel, it also portrays him as a clumsy oaf as well. In the book, the creature is supernaturally fast and agile, able to outrun any other human being. He is able to climb up the side of a building with the ease of Peter Parker. Hollywood’s version basically just staggers and does not appear able to climb a set of stairs, let alone the side of a building. It is said that Victor's creation evolves into a monster because of the absence of a strong father figure. "I am malicious because I am miserable. You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember...
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