Fear In Frankenstein

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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
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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 “attacked” the creature. The creature fled and “fearfully took refuge in a low hovel” after being “grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons”. He is left “miserable … from the barbarity of man”. (p. 83) At this point in his life, the creature has never been shown kindness, and is being taught by the reactions of the villagers that violence is a normal behaviour. After much deliberation, the creature decides to come into contact with the family he has been observing, having confidence in their kindness. He chooses to wait until “the old man” is “left alone in the cottage” before approaching so that his appearance …show more content…
The first occurrence of the creature’s isolation is directly after Frankenstein abandoned him. The creature retreats into a “forest near Ingolstadt”. He is “tormented by hunger and thirst”, and has to forage for berries which he finds “hanging on the trees” or “lying on the ground”. When he wakes to find it dark, he feels “half-frightened” from being “so desolate”. He feels as though he is a “poor, helpless, miserable wretch”. He is lead to weep from “pain” that invades him “on all sides”. (p. 80) He often struggles in finding food, and so feels “pangs of hunger”. The creature is forced to endure the hardships of survival on his own, having no experience in life whatsoever. His lack of knowledge often causes accidents, such as when he sticks his “hand into the live embers” of a fire, and as a result, cries out “in pain”. (p. 81) This extended isolation from humans in the early stages of his life make it more difficult for him to relate to humans later on. The creature undergoes a long period of isolation in which he is observing the cottagers. He is struck by how “gentle the manner of these people” is. The creature is “deeply affected by” seeing the cottagers unhappy. (p. 87) The creature chooses to eat only “berries, nuts, and roots” instead of stealing from the cottagers because he sees how stealing negatively effects them and does not wish to take part. (p. 88) He went

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