Essay on Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

1305 Words Feb 24th, 2016 6 Pages
The greatest human triumph is human society itself. We are granted with expansive intellect, which we use to continually improve our condition. We are given profound compassion by which we can relay our feelings and experiences to those around us. Humans have a dire need to be accepted, which drives the fortification of community. However, people strengthen their communities until they have a resolute identity, creating an intrinsic exclusiveness within social groups. Ostracism and a lack of understanding is at the epicenter of all human conflict. We become solely focused on protecting our own, forgetting that we are all living a similar human experience. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley criticizes the prejudice of exclusion, while emphasizing the importance of human community. Just as a newborn must feel secure in the first weeks of life, a person fails to thrive without a sense of belonging. Our comfort from relationships stems from establishing a “safe haven, proximity maintenance, and [a] secure base” (Hazen). We must feel that the relationships we have are stable, allowing us to venture off knowing that there are people to fall back on. The remnants of natural instinct are tangible in the pain of rejection. When a person is denied close relations, the brain succumbs to the same distress as it would in physical pain. We devote our lives to being accepted and praised by those around us. When these bonds break, we put our effort into changing ourselves to “reestablish…

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