Perceptions of character traits based upon outward appearance plays a central
theme in the novel, Frankenstein by the author Mary Shelly. However, perceptions
of people by society are not always true. In fact, what the character appears to
be on the outside, and what they actually are on the inside can be as different
as night and day. For example, the main character Victor Frankenstein is viewed
by society as a wealthy gentleman, without a flaw. He is perceived as a man of
great integrity, and considered very intelligent. However, Victor is actually a
shallow person, obsessed with death. After discovering a way to escape it, he
finds the burden of knowledge too much, and rejects his creation. He refuses to
accept the responsibilities of his actions. Outwardly, Victor\'s creation appears
to be a monster. He is an abnormality of nature and society rejects those who
are ugly. Society labels Victor\'s creation as half-witted, the work of the
devil, the essence of pure evil, and an abomination. In fact, he is a gentle
creature, who is very intelligent, and who because of his appearance, must carry
society\'s injustices upon his shoulders. These examples prove that during the
time-period of this book, appearance and wealth weigh over justice. If justice
was more important, than wealth, Victor would of stayed in jail charged for the
murder of Clerval, but because of his social status, and the visit from his
father he was released. On the other hand if Victor\'s creation was caught with
the murder of Clerval, he would have been put to death on the spot. These
examples from the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly show how society\'s views
influence people\'s perceptions of others. When society learns how to accept
people for who they are, and not merely based upon their appearance or wealth,
the world will be a much better place to live in!