Frankenstein's Monster Character Analysis

500 WordsDec 4, 20122 Pages
Often times Victor Frankenstein’s “monster” is often referred to as an evil being. Through reference to Frankenstein’s monsters thirst for knowledge and love for the cottagers, Mary Shelley portrays Frankenstein’s monster as a kind, caring, and intelligent creation who longs to be in harmony with society. The monster demonstrates his intelligence when he states “I improved rapidly in the knowledge of language, so that in two months I began to comprehend most of the words uttered by my protectors.” (Shelley, 99) The speed in which the monster developed the skills of interpreting and understanding the language of the cottagers is extremely rapid. It is very rare that someone, or “something,” in the case of the monster can pick up a completely new language in two months. This also proves that the monster is extremely self-sufficient because he did not require the help of anyone else and entirely taught himself the language in a remarkably short amount of time. Although the monster is an independent creature, he longs to fit in to society. This is demonstrated when he admits that “Sometimes I wished to express my sensations in my own mode, but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again.” (Shelley, 85) The monster was so insecure that when he tried to speak he scared himself. This puts him in no position to be confident enough to reveal himself to the cottagers, or anyone else for that matter. This put him at a distinct disadvantage when trying to gather to strength and self-assurance to approach the cottagers whom he had grown to love. All he wanted, was to conform to society, and have relationships with the cottagers whom he had been studying and learning from for the past few months. The monster had developed feelings and attachment to the cottagers, and this is illustrated when Felix attacks him upon first meeting and the
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