Peer Rejection in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly Essay examples

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The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly brings the serious topic of social prejudice to the limelight. Frankenstein shows a great example of how continued rejection from ones family or peers can cause one to revert from a virtuous being into a murderer or cause one to become suicidal. People today, as in Frankenstein, are still first judged on their physical appearance and not on their benevolence. Babies have been abandoned because of physical defects; children and adults are teased, bullied, ridiculed, and ignored because of their clothes, hair, face, body, etc. This judgmental human behavior has serious consequences, not only for the person being judged, but many times for those that are doing the judging. Often, victims of continued …show more content…
As in the monster’s case, these rejected children tend to become emotional unstable as they continue into adolescence.
Victor’s creature tries in vain to earn the love and affection of his peers as he ventures into the world in search of food and shelter. He was created with a benevolent soul and had a heart full of love and humanity. He does good deeds for the family DeLacey in an effort to earn their love and companionship. Unfortunately, he learns that no matter what good deeds he is abhorred by everyone that he encounters because of his physical deformities. The monsters isolation and desire for acceptance soon turns into desperation. As every glimmer of hope for acceptance is extinguished, rage and vengeance begin to take the place of his humanity. Researchers studying the effects of peer rejection have concluded that “childhood peer relations have been identified as one of the most powerful predictors of concurrent and future mental health problems, including the development of psychiatric disorders”(Mueller & Silverman, 1989, p:529) Eventually, these individuals lose all compassion for other humans. As in the monster’s case, many people today seek vengeance for the inhumane treatment and insensitivity that they have experienced.
The monster in Frankenstein had not personally known his victims. He murdered them out of revenge because they were

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