Essay about Frankenstein And The Picture Of Dorian Gray

1228 Words Mar 30th, 2016 5 Pages
A discolored creature of massive build towers over the diminutive, feeble humans, who are immobilized by fear of its menacing glare and mutated frame. Like small mice, the people scamper away from the monster’s presence in disgust of its hideous appearance and fear of its unpredictable behaviors. Now, the creature stands alone, grieving over the pain of its abandonment. Who’s the real monster – man or creature? Since the origins of horror stories, grotesque creatures, like those previously described, construct the basis of a story’s thrill. Hideous creatures often make up the common conception of monsters among society. However, the idea of a monster presents ambiguous interpretations. In truth, a monster signifies the compilation of human fears. Beneath the exterior, the true monster lies within a person’s soul. In both Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray, both authors, Mary Shelley and Oscar Wilde, use their novels to express the fallacy of external appearances and the corruption of human souls. Victor Frankenstein, the hermetic, mad scientist, experiences a monstrous transformation through his seclusion from the horrors of society and through his abandonment of his mistakes. Similarly, the narcissistic young boy of The Picture of Dorian Gray dehumanizes himself through his inability to experience guilt. Based upon these individuals, self-absorbed men become monstrous when they succumb to their pride and fears, leading them to ignore the responsibility of the…

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