Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - The Neglect Of Humanity Essay

1058 Words Mar 21st, 2016 5 Pages
French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre once said, “To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.” Victor had oppressed his creation ever since he abandoned him. It is due to this pain that had been inflicted onto the monster, that caused it to revolt which eventually began to take control of Victor’s life. The primary spark for the downfall of the character Victor Frankenstein from “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, is the neglect of his creation, which proves that if a lower social class is left unheard or oppressed, an equal force of terror will ricochet back.
A revolution from a lower class cannot occur if there is no oppression from superior classes. The monster experienced pain from many different types of people, but the most notable candidate was Victor. The neglect from Victor is shown early on because he was “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room” (Shelley 61). Since the monster had no mentor or father figure to teach him how to adapt to human life, he was ultimately shunned or excluded. Certain groups, including the De Lacey’s attack when “Agatha fainted, and Safie, unable to attend to her fainted friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with supernatural tore me from his father who i clung.” (Shelley 121) The De Lacey’s in this story are already represented as lower class individuals, however they still proceed to shun and even attack the monster for the prime cause…

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