Frankenstein Essay

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For centuries monsters have been acting as foils to human nature in a creative and artistic context. They are represented as the dark side of our morality and ineptitude to realize the sins we commit. Frankenstein’s monster is depicted as a being naive to society and modern day life. His interactions with humans turn him into the monster that Shelley’s society feared, and even that which our society fears today. The monster itself embodies the Romantic idea of scientific progression becoming not just a betterment for our future, but also a sinister recollection of what could possibly go wrong. The Romantic Movement was a rejection of the scientific explanation of everything in nature. Frankenstein’s creation is a focal point of this rejection: the mechanical construction of man. Romantics wanted to get away from the industrial landscape and a cold, calculated explanation of nature. Frankenstein’s creation is a frightening idea to the Romantics; he is man with emotion and desires who can appreciate the beauty of nature, yet he was constructed with the tools of an industrial world. The Creature’s unnatural birth and grotesque appearance cause him to be a monster in the physical sense. He is endowed with strong human desires to be part of society, but is shunned by the same society that he is inherently attracted to. One may characterize a monster now as someone who is on the edge of society, someone who is not accepted. Frankenstein’s creation fits this description. Ironically, the Creature being a monster also causes him to be a hero. After his depiction of how he came to be, the creature exclaims, “You must create a female for me, with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do; and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede” (104). He goes up against the odds and

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