Frankenstein Essay

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In Frankenstein it is the monster who is truly human. Discuss. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, it is the monster that is truly human. This is shown by differentiating two of the characters; one the creator (Victor Frankenstein) and the other a creation (the monster). She differentiates the two characters in terms of which of them is truly human. One the creator Frankenstein who may look and feel like an everyday average man but has a crazy obsession of creating life from the dead, while the other a creature created from the dead, looking nothing like a human being but just wanting to belong with a family who will love and care for him. Throughout the novel they both show signs of being equally a true human and also being a real ‘monster’. Being a real human does not mean looking ‘normal’ like all the others but having other qualities such as complex emotions, a soul, compassion, capable or being irrational, capable of reason and capable of loving relationships. In the novel Frankenstein does not show any of these characteristics while the monster on the other hand does. Frankenstein had a happy childhood “no human being could have passed a happier childhood than mine” stating that as a child he was loved and cared for as every other human being would be and would do for others. Once he older he starts to pursue the course of science making him not capable of loving his relationships “two years have passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva” and also not capable of reason. Frankenstein reveals himself not to be human once he decides that he will step next to God and create life from the dead “… explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation”. He shows that he believes that he has the power that only God can behold ‘creating life’. Once he has brought the creation to life, he realises that it is horrible

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