The “Other” Creation: Post-Colonialism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein (sometimes also known as The Modern Prometheus) is the classic gothic novel of her time. In this eerie tale, Dr. Victor Frankenstein – suffering from quite an extreme superiority complex – brings to life a creature made from body parts of deceased individuals from nearby cemeteries. Rather than to embrace the Creature as his own, Frankenstein alienates him because of his unpleasant appearance. Throughout the novel, the Creature is ostracized not only by Frankenstein but by society as a whole. Initially a kind and gentle being, the Creature becomes violent and eventually seeks revenge for his creator’s betrayal. Rather than to merely focus on the exclusion of the Creature from society, …show more content…
Over the full course of the Creature’s life, he is feared and ridiculed because of his unpleasant appearance – because he is different. While Victor had in his mind been creating the most beautiful living being, upon his being brought to life he states that the Creature was so repulsive that “[a] mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous” (Shelley 56). According to John Allman’s claims in his article “Motherless Creation: Motifs in Science Fiction,” here is where Victor makes his first and most grave mistake. Allman states that “the basic failure, in male science… is associated with the absence of anything like a mother figure.” In refusing the Creature the nurturing care that should have been provided to him by his creator, Victor created the hatred within him. This violent nature to satisfy his vengeful heart, coupled with his already dreadful exterior, lead to the Creature being labeled as a monster, never to receive compassion from a human. Young Frankenstein’s interests in the natural sciences are introduced to readers almost immediately, as he expresses a fascination with the works of the occult alchemist, Cornelius Agrippa. When he communicates this literature to his father, thinking that he might be proud of his son for embarking on such an intriguing subject, he is instead

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