Do you remember mom and dad always telling you, “Never to judge a book by its cover”? Well, in the novel “Frankenstein” these wise words of wisdom blend perfectly well with a particular character. The character in this story, which unfortunately experiences these premature judgments, is the creature. At first glance, you may think that this species is a ferocious monster whose sole purpose is to desecrate the entire universe; however this creature is all bark and no bite. He is actually generous, intelligent, and lacks self confidence. Does that sound human to you? The creature demonstrates his lack of confidence in several occasions throughout the story. For example, his very own water reflection disguises him and brings feelings of insecurity. These feelings of insecurity lead him to begin questioning his very own physical appearances in an insecure way. According to the creature, “And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man” (Shelley 85). The creature’s lack of confidence continues to grow fiercely as he carries a conversation with Victor, “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 has his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred” (Shelley 93). It is more than obvious and quite sorrowful that this creature has a severe case of insecurity. Throughout the story, the creature also demonstrates an unusual amount of generosity. The creature states, “I had been accustomed, during the night, to steal a party of their store for my own consumption; but when I found that in doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained, and satisfied myself with berries,...
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Dove, 1994.
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