Green1 Bailee Green Mrs. Bonds English 112 20 April, 2016 Monstrous Reject In Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, she wrote about the possible side effects a harsh society could have on one’s moral character. Moral is honest, pure, and kind. Humans tend to lose their morality when they are hurt or angered by another person. Someone simply isn’t born immoral or evil. Evil is having the intention to cause someone harm. Victor Frankenstein creates what he claims to be a “wretch”(Shelley 35). Wretch means to be unfortunate. Victor claims the creature he created is unfortunate because the creature is ugly. One who is called ugly and is rejected by others will want to defend himself. Victor Frankenstein’s monster is a being who is misunderstood by society. The monster is not evil by nature, he becomes evil trying to protect himself from the harsh judgements of others. What happens to one when he is kicked out of home? How does he survive? If someone is kicked out of the place that was supposed to teach him how to survive he is forced to learn through ambition. It’s easy to fail if one lacks ambition or the desire to do something, it’s easy to give up. Most people would to try to claim that the creature is stupid because he didn’t receive any education from his creator or formally. However, the creature “defies all odds, as a parentless being…”(Butler 409). Despite being taught nothing Frankenstein’s creature learns to provide for himself. Intelligence has nothing to do with one’s level of education, but everything to do with one’s will to learn. Marilynn Butler claimed “He is more eloquent than Frankenstein in the conversations that introduce and end their meeting, and still more persuasive when relating his life-history, an exercise in self-observation, social observation, and retrospective analysis” (410). 1
Green2 Victor is an individual who has the ability to be socially accepted because he looks like an average human, but he takes it for granted by isolating himself, and having an apathetic attitude towards almost everything except for science. Yes Victor is well educated, but the creature figures out things on his own which requires a great deal of patience and desire. Lawrence Lipking stated “In strength, agility, and even brains, in every respect except beauty he surpasses humankind, including his creator” (432).If the creature could be socially accepted by humanity, he would be a great conversationalist, and most likely thrive with a successful life based on his will to gain knowledge.