Social Rejection In Frankenstein

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Society is made up of a variety of people—from White to Hispanic, from short to tall, from weak to strong, and so on. However, there is one characteristic that people everywhere have in common. Every human being has the urging desire to gain acceptance. We live in a society in which being judged is inevitable and in which rejection is brought upon those who do not belong. Social exclusion is brought upon groups of people for several different reasons. It has become evident that the rejection of the “other” is an crucial societal issue represented within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as in modern day society. In Frankenstein, an ambitious scientist named Victor Frankenstein brings to life a monster that is neglected by all man-kind, including…show more content…
They were considered the “others” during this time in society. After the little change that the Reform Bill of 1832 brought to the voting rights of poor men, several other attempts were made in order to obtain their full rights. In time, all men were able to vote; however, women were still rejected from their voice in society. “A number of people, including many women, believed that only men possessed the intelligence and reason to have a voice in political matters.” (The Women’s Suffrage Movement 1) Women were seen as either useless or only good for taking their husband’s orders. “Men made the laws that gave them control over women’s wages and property, that gave husbands authority over their wives, and that deprived women of the children in divorce.”( Nash 11) It was blatant that women were deprived from a majority of their rights during this time period. Women were also not allowed to pursue the professional career they desired. “Education for women in the 1800s was minimal during that period. Schooling was for the male gender,…show more content…
Women are no longer the only group in society who is at risk of being socially excluded; however, now almost every student is in danger of rejection. Rejection is still a major societal issue and it is becoming especially more common in schools. It is practical for each school to be divided into different social groups. Usually, it consists of a popular group and a socially excluded group. Appearance has always been one of the main factors of social rejection; therefore, those who appear to be different are those who are not easily accepted by others. Psychologists state that one of the most common reasons for social rejection is the appearance of aggression. “People may socially exclude others who are seen to be aggressive because they intimidate and instill fear for general safety.” (Li-Or 22) Students who are labeled as “emo” or “gothic” are generally those who are bullied and/or ridiculed in school. Stereotypically, these groups compose pain upon themselves, and possibly others, and believe in the dark attitudes of life. Since it is natural for humans to avoid and to protect themselves from any possible danger, it is no surprise that those students who come across as either hazardous or intimidating are alienated from the rest of the student

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