The Meaning Of The Outsiders In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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“Happiness can only exist in acceptance,” as quoted by George Orwell. Since the dawn of civilization, individuals have become dedicated to behaving in a manner that will result in their acceptance into society. However, a few brave individuals dare to diverge from the path established by society’s standards and thus are labeled “outsiders”. Since early civilization, there have always been secrets. Some secrets are meant to prevent the acquiring of unnecessary knowledge, while others serve simply for protection. Often times, those who hide these secrets are ostracized as “outsiders”. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates a creature from deceased body parts and quickly regrets this act. This causes him to flee …show more content…
He lives in a dystopian society in which books are burned as a form of censorship. Montag accepts this practice until encountering Clarisse, an “outsider” whose ideas expose him to new perspectives. Secrecy often leads to social rejection, but the outsiders formed by secrecy are needed to enrich society. Those who do not fit into the mold pre-determined by society are labeled outsiders.
However, they serve as crucial catalysts for change in the behavior of others who live in that same society. In Shelley’s Frankenstein, this outsider takes the form of the Frankensteins’ maid, Justine. Shelley introduces Justine as an innocent character charged for an unthinkable crime: "Justine Moritz! Poor, poor girl, is she the accused...everyone knows that; no one believes it, surely, Ernest" (Shelley 62). Her presence in the novel has a profound effect on Victor: "I was firmly convinced in my own being that Justine, and indeed every human being, was guiltless of the murder...Did anyone exist, except I..in the existence of the living monument of presumption and rash ignorance which I had let loose upon the world,” (Shelley 63). This seeming outcast’s presence causes a transformation is Frankenstein’s character. He is left disheartened and guilty for his part in the crime. He has
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In Frankenstein, Victor 's secret, his creation, causes him to lose his whole family and become an introvert. He had numerous opportunities to mend the issue but declined because he did not want to be ostracized for his strange creation. He relays that "my purposed avowal died away on my lips...I might proclaim myself a madman, but not revoke the sentence passed upon my wretched victim" (Shelley 71). Frankenstein is torn by guilt upon seeing Justine die, but he hesitates so as to not be rejected by society. His secret causes him to become a recluse and mentally instable as it begins to weigh on his mind. Adversely, Bradbury uses this same technique to address a bigger issue outside of the book: "She wasn 't fighting anymore, so he let her go. She sagged away from him and slid down the wall and sat on the floor looking at the books. Her foot touched one and she saw this and pulled her foot away" (Bradbury 67). This action displays how brainwashed the citizens of the "America" that Montag is living in are. The few that have an appreciation for books are seen as bizarre and looked down upon for knowing the secret value of literacy. Sophocles’ Antigone displays a similar theme during the interactions between King Creon and a blind prophet, Teiresias. Teiresias is the only man in Greece

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