Evil As A Monster By Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay example

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Humans fear evil, but in many cases, it is often that fear which causes the development of evil. The production of evil by fear is demonstrated through Frankenstein’s creation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The creature’s identity as a monster is due to societal rejection, isolation, and misinterpretation. It is the reactions of others which cause the creature to develop his violent tendencies.
The creature continually faces societal rejection, which plays a crucial role in the development of his identity as a monster. The moment the creature comes to life, Frankenstein is horrified by “his yellow skin” which “scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath”, and by his “watery eyes”, “shrivelled complexion”, and “straight, black lips”. (p. 39) Frankenstein immediately “rushed out of the room”, abandoning the creature and leaving it to fend for itself. (p. 39) The creature’s first experience in life was that of rejection based on his appearance, forcing him to being life on a negative note. After a period of isolation due to Frankenstein’s rejection, the creature approaches “a small hut”. (p. 82) Inside, he comes across an old man who reacted to the creature by screaming and running away “across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable”. Shortly after this encounter, the creature heads to the village nearby. At his arrival, “the whole village” is “roused” and falls into chaos. Some of the villagers ran away, while others…

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