Effects Of Alienation In Frankenstein

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Alyxandria Quinones Frankenstein Motif Essay AP Lit Pd. 8 12-13-11 Alienation: The Real Pandora’s Box An innate craving for companionship and compassion is a quintessential element of human nature. Consequentially, a denial of these cravings results in a slow descent into an exceedingly miserable and unfulfilling existence. The demoralizing effects of alienation are a reoccurring aspect of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. As exemplified by both Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, prolonged estrangement from society essentially rips the lid off Pandora’s notorious Box, prompting self-destruction and magnifying the human tendency to harbor resentments towards a society that has become foreign to them. Our gruesome adventure begins…show more content…
Once his work was completed and he witnessed the product of all his long hours and feeble exhaustion, he is horrified. His perfectly proportional creation, the result of a labor of love…it was hideous, an atrocity, an abomination. Unable to accept the reality of what he had done, Victor fled, from the site of his creation, from responsibility, from the unnatural being he thrust into the world. This abandonment is what ultimately leads to the destruction of all those people whom Victor once loved. The list of innocent victims is a long and discouraging one: his brother William, his beloved family servant Justine, his wife Elizabeth, his father, and his most loyal friend Henry…show more content…
Unlike its creator, the monster did not choose to be alienated. It desired more than anything the experiences and relationships Frankenstein was so willing to abandon for his scientific ambition. Countless attempts were made by the creature to establish a healthy relationship with the humans he held in such high esteem, regarding them as a species of love and intelligence. The newborn creature trusted humankind with the naïve confidence of a being who had never known rejection, simply over brimming with hope and admiration. But it was harshly rejected time after time and upon observing their disgust at the mere sight of the monster, all preconceptions of humans as beautiful loving creatures were shattered and it was left embittered by their crueler
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