Importance Of Actions In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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One action does not reveal the whole story. Often actions are only judged based on the result of such events, however, the context in which they derive often reveal much more about the character they are made from. While some actions are hastened, done out of spite or anger, other actions are done with rationality. This is precisely the case in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, as the monster was not an abomination, but rather a neglected creature that acted justly in response to the continuous oppression he faced from all of humanity. This was based on the abandonment of his creator, which caused him to become the monster society deemed him to be.
The forefront of the creature’s anger initiated from the way he was treated by his creator,
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Humans in today's society have been taught to judge others based on their looks rather than for their true selves. This is most prevalent through judgments based on notions such as race, class, gender, and sexuality. As they encounter strangers, they tend to make assumptions about who they are, the lives they live, their wealth, their education, and their potential danger to themselves. This was precisely how the humans treated the creature throughout the novel. Rather than recognizing the selfless actions he made or understanding his pure intentions, society only saw him for the power he had, his ugliness, and his potential to pursue evil. Once the monster learned this, he initially found that the only way to avoid this was to not be seen. This caused him to seek the companionship of a blind man in order to be judged based on the content of his character rather than by his appearance. This was the only man throughout the entire novel that did not instantly fear him based on his appearance. The encounter between the two was crucial because this was the only time the monster was treated in respect to his character rather than his condition. This demonstrates the effects of not judging someone based on their outward appearance because once that is stripped away, it allows for a truer connection of

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