Corruption Of Society's Sins In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

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Chinese philosopher, Confucius, once said “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”. The philosopher’s quote exemplifies the unwritten law to not make assumptions about somebody until you take the chance to get to know the person. Society quickly jumps to labels: good or bad, rich or poor, normal or atypical. People construct fallacies about others, creating a single story. In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, society’s sins are evident throughout the story. Some may argue that society is not corrupt, however, dismissive behavior towards those who are different, creates monstrous characteristics in the outlier. Mary Shelley demonstrates that constant social rejection, changes the behavior of man which results in hostile …show more content…
When the village encounters the Creature, they scream and attack the being. The Creature says, “The whole village was roused, some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country, and fearfully took refuge in a low hovel. Here then, I retreated, and lay down, happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man” (Shelley 83). Initially, the Creature had been delighted by the sight of the village, but he was brutally driven from it for no reason other than his appearance. Their ability to only see the appearance of the Creature and ignore his attributes makes the Creature feel embarrassed. The phrase “inclemency of the season”, reflects Shelley’s Romantic views. She mirrors man’s evil nature with the bad weather, which shows human’s close ties to nature. The attack by the villagers forces the Creature to “take refuge”. In order to stay safe, he escapes the attack, finding refuge in a hovel. Once again, he has to seek isolation despite wanting to be a part of society. Mary Shelley argues that isolation can destroy an individual who feels continual …show more content…
In Frankenstein, Alphonse Frankenstein warns Victor that he should not be taken in by the alchemists but fails to mention “the principles of Agrippa had been exploded, and that a modern system of science had been introduced, which possessed much greater powers than the ancient because the powers of the latter were chimerical while those of the former were real and practical” (23). Here, Victor’s father tells him that following Agrippa’s ideas are misleading and dangerous because he should not play God or else the outcome will not be in favor of Victor. Victor combined both ancient sciences, like the writings of Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus, and Magnus with the new sciences such as chemistry and anatomy, Victor uses the word “exploded” and “chimerical” to emphasize that he discovered that Agrippa’s ideas were irrational. However, Victor follows the alchemist, and later creates the creature. Romanticism stresses that there should be unity between humans and nature, and that nature should not be abused by humans. And once Victor reflects on his legacy and what he has created, he understands the effect of playing God. When contemplating creating another female creature for his creation, he carefully examines all of the pros and cons; “She might become

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