Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

In agreement that Mary Shelly\'s novel, "Frankenstein" takes its
meaning from tensions surrounding the cultural concerns of human nature, its
potentials and limits and forces that go into the making. The following will
support this statement and tie traits from the book to today\'s society. Many
lessons are embedded into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, including how society
acts towards the different. The monster fell victim to the judging of a a person
by only his or her outer appearance. Whether people like it or not, society
summarizes a person\'s characteristics by his or her physical appearance. Society
has set an unbreakable code individuals must follow to be accepted. Those who
don\'t follow the "standard" are hated by the crowd and banned for the
reason of being different. When the monster ventured into a town he "had
hardly placed [his] foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one
of the women fainted" . From that moment on he realized that people did not
like his appearance and hated him because of it. If villagers didn\'t run away at
the sight of him, then they might have even enjoyed his personality. The monster
tried to accomplish this when he encountered the De Lacey family. The monster
hoped to gain friendship from the old man and eventually his children. He knew
that it could have been possible because the old man was blind, he could not see
the monster\'s repulsive characteristics. But fate was against him and the
"wretched" had barely conversed with the old man before his children
returned from their journey and saw a monstrous creature at the feet of their
father attempting to do harm to the helpless elder. "Felix darted forward,
and with supernatural force tore [the creature] from his father, to whose knees
[he] clung..." Felix\'s action caused great pain to the monster. He knew
that his dream of living with them "happily ever after" would not
happen and with the encounter still fresh in his mind along with his first
encounter of humans, he "declared everlasting war against the species, and
more than all, him who had formed the creature and sent him forth to this
misery." The monsters source of hatred toward humans originates from his first
experiences with humans. In a way the monster started out with a childlike
innocence that was eventually shattered by being constantly rejected by society
time after time. His first encounter with humans was when he opened his yellow
eyes for the first time and witnessed Victor Frankenstein, his creator, rush out
of the laboratory. Would this have happened if society did not consider physical
appearance to be important? No. If physical appearance were not important then
the creature would have had a chance of being accepted into the community with
love and care. But society does believe that physical appearance is important
and it does influence the way people act towards each other. Frankenstein should
have made him less offending if even he, the creator, could not stand his
disgusting appearance. There was a moment however when Frankenstein was moved by
the creature. He "felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature
were" and decided that he had to make another creature, a companion for the
original. But haunting images of his creation (from the monster\'s first moment
of life) gave him an instinctive feeling that the monster would do menacing acts
with his companion, wreaking twice the havoc! Reoccurring images of painful
events originating from a first encounter could fill a person with hate and
destruction. We as a society are the ones responsible for the transformation of
the once childlike creature into the monster we all know. The public doesn’t
realize that our society has flaws, and that they must be removed before our
primal instincts continue to isolate and hurt the people who are different. With
such a large amount of technology among us, some people may wonder why such an
advanced civilization still clings on to such primitive ways of categorizing
people. Victor Frankenstein, as he huddled in the corner of his room, with only
bed sheets to offer a hint of security, plagued himself with questions as to how
he could create such a catastrophe. A being of immense proportions, Victor\'s
life-long work, stood lingering over Victor\'s bed and the only thought repeating
in the creator\'s mind was how wretched it is... " His yellow skin scarcely
covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous
black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these