Power Of Language In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Language in still the ideal manner of communication in today’s culture. It can have immense power and the impact relies on how one wields it. The power of language can evolve ideas and beliefs into concrete reality. Changing one verb in a sentence, has the capability to change the whole meaning. The power to change one's perspective and opinions from a few words, is incredible. Religions, Empires and even revolutions were created and grew by powerful language. One of the biggest contributors in portraying the importance of language through dialect is literature. Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein accurately represents the importance of language when it comes to characters and how they treat others and the way society treats them. Language …show more content…
They views the creation as a monster due to his physical features only. Shelley offers her reader “a reflection not on how the monster looks, but on how the world sees, judges, and interprets his appearance, how the world goes about understanding bodies that deviate from a chosen norm” (Brooks). Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, composed a list of characteristics that define what a monster really is: “unnatural - aberrations of the nature order… hostile toward others… inspire dread and embody evil…not human – even those that look and act like people are not fully human.” However, society only sees what it wants to see. Society is quick to inflict its judgment on the monster as savage, dumb, and brutal, whereas he is essentially kind, intelligent, and humane. They wrongly treat the monster on the assumption he in fact he is one. This is not justified by anything except his demeanor. William Frankenstein is a perfect reflection of society’s judgement to differences. The monster approaches the boy, not to harm him, but desperate to form some sort of human relationship, which leads him to a ‘naïve, innocent’ and probably too young “to have imbibed a horror of deformity," (Shelley 136) child. William however, refers to him as a “monster! Ugly wretch! . . . [And] ogre." (Shelley 131), making it clear even the youngest and utmost innocent members of society can be corrupted to think a certain way through use of language. The boy inflicts pain to the monster as a way to show assertiveness and prove he is not frightened of him. He tries to use the power of language to fight the monster, because he is aware he will not win from a physical confrontation. “Monsters begin to be defined by the dangerous words they speak, words that question and resist, like the speech of Frankenstein's creation, the terms of the system into which they are born. Such resistance,

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