Essay on Society 's Corruption On The Monster And Frankenstein

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein centers around the life of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created. Victor’s life starts out quite well he had a happy childhood but it all goes downhill when he is introduced to a book regarding the sciences of Agrippa. The book leads him down the path of making his monster. The monster searches for love and affection from his creator but is denied when Victor runs away from him. The monster goes into human society instead find the love but regrets his intentions and goes to seek for revenge on his creator. As a he result Victor’s life becomes a living hell due to the monster. Jean Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss philosopher whose theories were based around the effects of society on people. He thought that society corrupted people’s wants and desires and as a remedy he wanted to make sure that children were taught from the outset that not everything was possible to attain. Rousseau’s ideas feature in the novel by showing the effects of society’s corruption on the monster and Frankenstein.
According to Rousseau, in the beginning of their lives, people are naturally born good. Victor, reminiscing on his childhood feels this sentiment. “I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self” (27). Victor finds his childhood “exquisitely pleasurable” subject because for him I was such a great…

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