The Struggle Between Creation And Society In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, the feud between Victor Frankenstein and his Creation unwinds before the reader. In this story the reader is exposed to the Creation’s first moments of life. Like an innocent child the Creation finds himself wandering in the forest and eventually encounters a human. In this encounter, the reader is shown the intricate yet destructive relationship between the Creation and the rest of society. This relationship uncovers the raw emotions of the Creation as he discovers who he is while experiencing the trauma of societal rejection. The interaction between the Creation and society also examines the human behavior of society and their value of appearance which leads to the rejection of the Creation. The …show more content…
The Creation begins to see the beauty in humans, more specifically the De Lacey’s when he describes them as “excellent creatures…[which] nothing could exceed in beauty...with the finest symmetry”(111). By describing the humans as such great looking beings, the Creation is beginning to pick up on the importance of physical appearance. After seeing the De Lacey’s beauty it is then that the Creation begins compare himself to their standards as he call himself a “poor wretch...who had never beheld aught beautiful before”(110). This is one of the first instances where the Creation’s further experience with humans begins to affect his own self awareness and how he views himself. The Creation begins to feel a fondness towards the cottagers as he describes them as “fair creatures” with “gentle manners” that “smiled with such kindness and affection”(113). The Creation continues to see the De Lacey’s kindness in the way they treat one another, especially in how they treat their blind father for whom “they performed every little office of affection and duty with gentleness [which] he rewarded them [with] his benevolent smiles”(113). As he sees them be kind to one another, the Creation …show more content…
He grew to learn that he is an outsider as he found himself alone and rejected from society. This rejection not only caused loneliness and sadness, but it also came with the violence from humans which then led to the Creation’s own violence as well. The Creation’s rejection was mostly a result of the human’s societal value of physical appearance. He believed that his personality and character should have had more importance, but when he discovered that all humans saw was his appearance, he gave up in trying to win them over. Towards the end of the novel the Creation accepts that he will always be rejected and asks for a companion. When these plans fall through he dedicates his life to destroying his creator. The Creation accepts his loneliness and rejection, and directs his frustration and anger towards Victor for having created him in a way that caused him to be rejected and lonely. The Creation was put in this position because of his rejection from society. Had he been included in society as if he were ‘normal’, he wouldn’t have turned into a monster. This importance of physical appearance is present in our modern day society and is something we also internalize. The assumptions we make based on physical appearance is seen through the assumptions we make based on race, weight, age, gender, clothing and so much more. Since we make these judgements subconsciously, we can 't always help what we

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