Essay on Alienation and Isolation in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Alienation and Isolation

Alienation and isolation have been apparent in society since the beginning of man. When an individual stumbles outside the realm of social normality they are viewed as degradation to society or a threat to normal society.(“Truthmove” 2012) In the gothic tale of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley frequently displays the many different forms of alienation. Victor Frankenstein and his creation were two of the characters in this book that went through alienation and isolation. Victor experiences alienation regularly throughout the majority of his life. From an early age Victor Frankenstein isolated himself from the outside world. While not engaged in his studies of natural philosophy Victor could be found in the
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The creature hides and learns to speak by watching the family communicate with each other. Frankenstein’s creation longs to be accepted by the DcLacey family, so in an act of hope and optimism he decides one day to speak to the blind father of the family. The creature is able to tell his story and gain sympathy from the blind man until they are interrupted by the blind man’s children. The creature is once again viewed as a threat and he is attacked by the children and forced out of the house by the blind man’s son, Felix. During this occurrence the creature is narrating, and he states, “Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung; in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick.”(Shelley 161) Once again the creature is alienated due to his hideous appearance. For a brief moment the creature was accepted and shown compassion, but this was only because the man was unable to see him. Upon his rejection from the DcLacey family he realizes that he will never be accepted by humans. After he is rejected by the DcLacey family and Victor refuses to create him a companion he vows to respond to humans and mainly his creator in the same way that they have responded to him, with violence.
The creature was made with the body parts of different corpses, so in turn he displays a human

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