Wyatt 1Jenny WyattMrs. MahannahEngl 1755 March 2020Perspective Makes a MonsterWhen it comes to perspective, the person telling their tale can make all the difference in how it is to be perceived. In many pieces of literature, there is one sole protagonist. In cases where there is only one point of view being shared, some information may be withheld. However, in Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, she utilizes frame narration to explore the thoughts and emotions of three characters. The three characters take turns to show their perspective on both the events occurring and events of the past. As the narration shifts from one character to another, conflicting details arise. Sometimes, not everything can be seen in black andwhite. In cases like this, perspective makes the monster.Mary Shelley gradually introduces the three characters whose thoughts and perspectives shape the story of Frankenstein. Walton, Victor, and his monster all are given an opportunity to reveal information that may otherwise have been hidden. During their respective turns as the narrator, Frankenstein and the creature accuse one another of being the antagonist in their life. Victor Frankenstein had made the creature but had abandoned his creation soon after it awoke, horrified by his own work Victor fled and neglected the very being he gave life to. Made from the remains of once-living humans, this stitched together monstrosity would go on to horrify all who dared to lay eyes on him. Victor was very quick to pass his judgment against his creation. “Oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch.” (Shelley 44). The monster itself was hideous
Wyatt 2and he inflicted a sense of utter terror into nearly everyone he encounters. This unnaturally created monster was equipped with the motive to torture his own creator. The creature even goes as far as to calculate murder against those who were closest to Frankenstein. Even though he wasonly given life for a short period of time, this creature's intellect surpasses many others as he getsaway with his crimes. Yet, even with all the wrongdoings and the claims that Frankenstein presents; the creature shows how deceiving a first encounter can be.