Prejudice Against Physical Ugliness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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All the humans in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are quick to form judgments about each other. Particularly, prejudice against physical ugliness becomes evident as society continually alienates the creature out of disgust for his appearance. Society’s response to the creature’s deformed figure proves that prejudice inevitably serves as a roadblock in using reasoning and rationality to develop opinions based on one’s actions rather than one’s looks. The creature originally tries to rely on the power of communication and language to compensate for his deformed appearance; however, this turns out to be an unsustainable method. ¬¬The first time the creature encounters spoken words, he immerses himself in the vernacular language, intending to use…show more content…
¬¬The blind man states that, “there [was] something in [the creature’s] words which [persuaded him] that [the creature is] sincere” (2.7.91). The power of speech proves to be effective at this moment, as the creature finally is able to override prejudices based on appearance and gain sympathy from the old man. However, without even allowing the creature to explain himself, the DeLaceys force him out of the house and move away for good, leaving the monster in isolation yet again all due to his physical appearance. Similarly, when Victor and his creation first meet, the creature’s logical speech of his misfortunes transforms Victor’s mindset as “for the first time […] [he] felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were, and that [Frankenstein] ought to render [the creature] happy” (2.2.67). The creature’s impressive talking skills moved Victor’s heart and caused him to reconsider the circumstances. Even later on, Victor complies to create a new companion after becoming convinced through the creature’s threats and reasoning. Nevertheless, the power of the deformed overwhelms any condolence
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