A Monster Misunderstood

Topics: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Pages: 2 (787 words) Published: December 4, 2012
Frankenstein: A Monster Misunderstood
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley's Frankenstein is a novel that was published in 1831. The story seems to center around Victor Frankenstein. As a reader, however, one does not appreciate the creature's perspective until the climax of the book. The monster is abandoned by his creator and is left to fend for himself in world that does not understand him. This paper will focus solely on the opposing side of the story. The creature's path is examined from his creation, outcast, learning process, voyage to locate Victor, request for a mate, and the subsequent revenge against Victor for not upholding his promise. Victor Frankenstein flees after bringing the monster to life. Alone and confused, the monster is left to interpret the world around him. Initially, the creature is completely ignorant to every aspect of life. The monster states “A strange multiplicity of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard, and smelt at the same; and it was, indeed, a long time before I learned to distinguish between the operations of my various senses” (70-71). He lacked even the most basic knowledge in his beginning, and he had no one to guide him through this process. In the creature's quest for food, the monster curiously enters a stranger's home. “Finding the door open, I entered. An old man sat in it, near a fire, over which he was preparing his breakfast. He turned on hearing a noise; and perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable” (73). After his encounter, with the elderly man the monster wanders, somewhat aimlessly. He happens upon a village, entering the one of the nicer cottages because of the allure of food. The townspeople immediately reject him and either physically wounding him with weapons or run in fear. The monster leaves the town to seek refuge against the villagers attack, gaining a new fear for human beings. “This hovel,...
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