The Importance Of Appearance In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the author presents her thoughts and impressions of society. Shelley portrays the defects of society, arguing that society sees only physical appearance rather than adhering to what is truly important in a human being’s character. Shelley supports the following argument by revealing the creature whose form is extremely monstrous and unfamiliar to society, but who he is also just as human as Victor and Elizabeth. Shelley conveys the importance of appearance in society; The effect of monstrosity thus plays a major part in Frankenstein. Shelley presents a situation where society is ignorant about the unfamiliar, different, and is also unwilling to accept and embrace the unusual. Shelley portrays the rejection of the creature by his creator, the society¬’s reaction to the wretch, and the way in which they cannot see beyond superficial. Shelley shows that by having knowledge, Walton is able to see beyond the physical appearance and ultimately better accept the monster for what he really is. The relationship…show more content…
He manages to do so by having the knowledge of the creature’s story and explanation to his crimes. Walton is the only person left who knows the horrifying story of the creature. By having the knowledge of the crimes and after hearing the creature’s agony and sadness, he is able to understand that the creature was drawn into those actions and miserable life. Walton knows about the rejections and insults and violent actions taken against the creature. He thus feels compassion towards the creature up to a certain level. “his voice seemed suffocated, and my first impulse, which had suggested to me the duty of obeying the dying request of my friend in destroying his enemy, were now suspended by a mixture of curiosity and compassion” (p.218). Walton is able to give him a little bit of respect, knowing he has more inside than just a monstrous
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