Frankenstein- a Victim of Society

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” -Mother Teresa
In the novel, Frankenstein, the monster does not belong in society because of many factors, but if the monster was created in present time, he would still be criticized by society. Today, people are judged by humanity the same way they were in the past. Even as the world is drastically changing, society remains the same. The monster in Frankenstein does not suit society primarily because of his appearance, but also because he has no friends or family to guide him into becoming accepted.

Victor Frankenstein unintentionally creates a monster while trying to establish an elixir of life. When the monster is brought to life, Victor initially sees him as beautiful, but then the sight of him became sickening and repulsive. Victor says, “His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful… the beauty of the dream vanished, and the breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (56). Victor is the only family the monster has. He is the father and creator of this being but cannot fathom the idea of his creation. Victor has nightmares about the monster and becomes extremely ill over his invention. Victor rejects the monster, leaving him to go out and discover the world on his own. “I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view… My heart palpitated with the sickness of fear.”(58) This is the first indication of how the rest of society will treat the monster.

The monster’s appearance is the main reason he is not approved by society. “I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one woman fainted… some fled, some attacked me…” (101). The monster has no inclination as to why the village reacts this way until he sees a reflection of himself. He even describes himself as repulsive in appearance. The monster began to observe the De Lacey family. They have exactly what he wants: relationships full of...
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