Essay on The Real Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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Frankenstein is a classic horror novel, but with a twist of many other genres. Written by Mary Shelley, it was a novel which mixed many exciting elements, such as horror, drama and romance. The story follows a young doctor named Victor Frankenstein, who has an obsession to reincarnate the dead, but his attempts at this fail horribly, and
Victor finds himself in deep peril, as the monster stalks him throughout the world. I aim to investigate the issue, however, of who is the true monster in Frankenstein. The monster or Frankenstein himself? Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein, was a highly intellectual and creative woman, one of the elite writers in Britain. Her inspiration for Frankenstein was taken from several things.…show more content…
When Percy Shelley's (Shelley’s first lover then husband) first wife, Harriet, drowned in London in 1816, rescuers took her body to a “station” of sorts in London. Normally, smelling salts, electricity, shaking and artificial respiration had been used to restore drowning victims to life. Unfortunately, Harriet did not survive the treatments.
When Frankenstein began to make his creature, his dreams were of a beautiful creature (despite the graveyards and hospitals he had raided of dead corpses), a creature with intellectuality, strength and a capacity of love that would surpass man in all of these areas. Despite raiding graveyards, Frankenstein created the body with (what he thought to be) the finest body parts available at the time. However, when Frankenstein realizes that he has just looked at the body as individual parts, for example the “pearly teeth”, “blue eyes”,
“lustrous black hair”, but he had not looked at the body as a whole.
When he did, he realized he had created an abomination,
“Beautiful-Great God! His Yellow skin barely covered the work of arteries and muscles beneath!” When Frankenstein comes to this realization, he flees, “now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”.
Frankenstein regarded the creature as ugly, evil, inhuman, unflattering to the eye, and vulgar, like a monster. He believes the creature is his to own or disown at will,
Show MoreOne who has only seen the Hollywood version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein would assume that in the course of the book the true monster is Dr. Frankenstein himself. But upon analysis of the text it becomes clear that it is in fact the Monster who is the greater of the two evils. Although created by the doctor, his own hatred and consciousness yield an evil larger than even the doctor could have predicted.
The monster himself, like Dr. Frankenstein, is an unbalanced being. He cannot keep his intellect in line with his emotions. The monster, outcast from society, seeks vengeance. "If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear," says the monster to his creator. The monster…show more content…
However in this story there is only the De Lacey family. The monster watches them though a window where he sees love in the family, but he is rejected by them due to his fiendish looks. This is the turning point for the monster much as being turned into the beast was the prince in the a fore mentioned fairy tale. The monster then goes on a rampage with the idea that if he cannot have love, than no one should. The fallacy in his logic was that he should try to satisfy his own needs rather than making every one else miserable.
This is much like what the government did in Harrison Bergeron, the short story by Kurt Vonnegut. In this story the government is the monster. In a search for equality, the government uses debilitating devices to stifle the concentration of the people, or impair them physically so that no one person is greater than the other. This is the same as the monsters action to kill whomever Dr. Frankenstein has ever been close to. Since the monster cannot be loved, neither will his creator. Or, if this one person cannot think in more than twenty second bursts, neither will anyone else. This stunning lack of compassion on the part of the monster was not his fault.
When Dr. Frankenstein originally pushed the monster away it was an act of utter disgrace on his part. Equivalent to disowning your own child, Dr.