Frankenstein Appearance and Acceptance: Close Reading Assignment Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein uses appearance to depict Victor Frankenstein as the embodiment of “good” and his creation as its counterpart “evil”; through the use of imagery, allusions to the Bible, and pathos, Shelley embellishes the issue of acceptance in modern society. From the very beginning, Frankenstein relates that his creature was horrid in form. As the creature discovers Victor’s journal, he reads into his creator’s true feeling for him and expresses his despair over a lack of socialization after his blunt entrance to the world. Shelley begins the monster’s rant with a brief description of Victor Frankenstein’s feelings toward his creation via his journal “Everything is related in them which bears reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view; the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible.” (Shelley 131). This way, she establishes sympathy for the monster. He has been spurned by his “father” of sorts, and now has to read about how much he is hated. The use of pathos signifies just how meaningless Victor has been in the monsters upbringing. Certainly the monster would have turned out different if Frankenstein had put the effort into raising it correctly. However, it is difficult for Shelley to portray empathy from Victor, particularly because he despises his creation, and because his character is naturally egotistical. The monster then raises the issue of his appearance, which he brusquely states “God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance.” (Shelley 131). As a result, the monster is unable to interact with society, and is socially neglected. The creature realizing this, exiles himself to his ice cave, after...
Cited: Alighieri, Dante. Dantes Inferno. XXXIV. Web.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. 1st Tor Edition. New York: Tom Doherty Associates LLC, 1989. 131-231. Print.
"Another circumstance strengthened and confirmed these feelings. Soon after my arrival in the hovel, I discovered some papers in the pocket of the dress which I had taken from your laboratory. At first I had neglected them; but now that I was able to decipher the characters in which they were written, I began to study them with diligence. It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation. You minutely described in these papers every step you took in the progress of your work; this history was mingled with accounts of domestic occurrences. You, doubtless, recollect these papers. Here they are. Everything is related in them which bears reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view; the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible. I sickened as I read. `Hateful day when I received life! ' I exclaimed in agony. `Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred. These were the reflections of my hours of despondency and solitude; but when I contemplated the virtues of the cottagers, their amiable and benevolent dispositions, I persuaded myself that when they should become acquainted with my admiration of their virtues, they would compassionate me, and overlook my personal deformity. Could they turn from their door one, however monstrous, who solicited their compassion and friendship? I resolved, at least, not to despair, but in every way to fit myself for an interview with them which would decide my fate. I postponed this attempt for some months longer; for the importance attached to its success inspired me with a dread lest I should fail. Besides, I found that my understanding improved so much with every day 's experience that I was unwilling to commence this undertaking until a few more months should have added to my sagacity.”
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