Frankenstein - Kusy 1 Ryan Kusy Mrs Kelleher AP English IV...

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Kusy Ryan Kusy Mrs. Kelleher AP English IV 8 March 2010 Evil in Frankenstein What exactly is evil? Can it be defined in a sentence, or explained by words? These questions have been pondered by many, and the answer to which, is rarely the same. Some believe evil is defined by the culture one lives in, or the people that surround them, others believe that everyone is born evil. Society has played a considerable part in shaping how people view evil. In short, because of society, many people believe evil is simply a deviation from expectations. Such is the case in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. A creature, given no name and a horrendous appearance is rejected by society and consumed with loneliness. Mary Shelly expresses that she believes not only the creature, but all living things are conceived innately good because the creature is not “born” with the ability to distinguish good from evil, thus it is unable perform such acts. As the creature is influenced by his abandonment and rejection from the social order, he befalls an evil path. The creature, like a child, was “born” without the knowledge of right from wrong, or much of anything about the world. The creature is incapable of performing any evilness because it does to know the difference between what is good and what is evil. It is clear that when the creature was conceived he was not evil. He was a curious individual in search of knowledge about the world. Interested in understanding these humans, he learned their language, their customs, and hoped one day, to be included as one of them, nothing more. However, as he begins his life in the wilderness, he searches for food; only to be attacked and stoned by villagers. “…I had hardly placed my foot 1
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Kusy within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and
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