Vision in Frankenstein and To Kill a Mockingbird

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While some people can only see what’s on the surface, others can see an alternate truth, regardless of other peoples’ interpretations. Jonathan Swift once said, “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible,” which means that a deeper meaning can be found in what is not necessarily visible, rather than the accepted view, an idea that can be seen in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In Frankenstein, what would be a repulsive sight to most, Victor sees an invisible beauty in corpses and although they act cruel to him, the monster sees good in the humans. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus sees a beauty or goodness in Tom Robinson, and Scout sees beauty or goodness in both Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. When one is capable of seeing beneath the surface, much more meaning can be found.

Before the beginning of Frankenstein, Victor discovers the secret to bestowing life upon lifeless tissue, and commences work on a project in which he attempts to create a living human being from dead body parts. In order to obtain these dead body parts, Victor searches graveyards and digs up corpses, taking some of their parts. While just the idea of such an act would nauseate most people, Victor sees beauty in what he is doing. He realizes that in order to make his dream of bringing life to a dead body a reality, finding dead parts is a necessary step, and thus he finds meaning by looking beyond the surface, rotting corpses, to see the beauty, an unrivaled scientific accomplishment. His motivation to discover and unravel mysteries enable to see beauty in even corpses, characterizing him as both a romantic and a visionary.

The creature in Frankenstein instills fear in anyone who comes in contact with it, therefore, it is subject to unkindly treatment, either running in fear or resorting to violence. Though it would seem that the creature would hate all of mankind, he instead sees good in them. Since the creature is able to look beyond the surface...
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