Frankenstein's Creation: "Born" Or Made a Monster? Essay

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In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, one of the main themes is the importance of appearance and acceptance. In today's society and Frankenstein, people judge others based solely on appearance. Social prejudice is defined as: discrimination referring to the treatment taken toward or against a person of a certain group in consideration based solely on class or category. Discrimination is the actual behavior towards another group. (dictionary.google.com) Characters within the novel make socially prejudiced judgments towards Victor Frankenstein’s creation, resulting in the mistreatment and dehumanization of the creature. This leads to the question: was Frankenstein’s creation “born” or made a monster? We learn of the creature’s story and struggles through his first meeting with his creator, Victor Frankenstein. One main issue the creature is faced with is his immediate isolation, rejection and abandonment by his creator. He is never given a name or treated equally; he is instantly seen as being a monster and “filthy creation.” (Shelley, 41) After spending countless time creating, Frankenstein made the conscious decision to make the monster large in stature and size. “..I resolved, contrary to my first invention, to make the being of gigantic stature, that is to say, about eight feet in height and proportionately large.” (Shelley, 39-40) He chose to create the creature from stolen, decomposing human body parts from a cemetery and create a monstrously large being but fears the creature once he becomes animated. While Frankenstein was playing God, he had the choice to create the shape and size of his creation and had no reason to fear it once he brought it to life; yet once the creature is alive, he immediately is terrified only by the creature’s features and size which were all in his control to create and change. “I had desired it with an ardour that exceeded
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