Essay #3 - Jonathan Gold Dr Mary Mar Societal Critiques...

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Jonathan Gold October 28, 2005 Dr. Mary Mar Monster Essay #3 Societal Critiques A society can only exist peacefully, when all its members are living in harmony. Monsters disrupt this harmony, and cause fear in a society, misleading readers to see who the monster of the story is. Readers can prejudge monsters in a story to that which doesn’t belong, when in fact the creature in the story may not be the monster they thought. Society is unaccepting of those who are negative to the bonds of society, and often times hunted down and eliminated. People in modern times maybe less judgmental, but still to them other cultures are living in the “wrong” way. Monsters need to be looked at separately from society, because society has already labeled monsters. Society itself which is supposed to be good is actually ignorant. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, has many lessons embedded into the novel, including how society acts towards anything out of the ordinary. The creature in the story falls victim to the system commonly used by society to characterize a person by only his or her outer appearance. Whether people like it or not, society always summarizes a person’s characteristics by his or her physical appearance. Society has set an unbreakable code that individuals must not be individual to be accepted. Those who don't follow the "standard" are hated by the crowd and banned for the reason of being different. The creation, or as society has labeled the monster, is actually one of the only characters in the novel that actually has rationale behind his thinking. This creation knows absolutely
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