Theme Of Innocence In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Frankenstein, Shelley tells a story about the invention of a creature who is different than any other. One of the protagonists, the creature Frankenstein, has to deal with being mistreated and living life without love, because of his appearance and innocence. When the creature, Frankenstein, murders William Frankenstein, it is the moment he recognizes his place in the world, and it represents Shelley’s theme of creation itself and the problems that come with it. It all begins with the creation of Frankenstein, and the things he was not given that led to his loss of innocence. Although Frankenstein was not technically a human, he still felt the same feelings, he still wanted to have a name, a friend, a job, and a home, but unlike Adam, he…show more content…
The creature continued to tell Victor his story of how he came across a boy in the woods outside Geneva, he tried to confide in him, but the boy struggled and placed his hands “before his eyes,” and shrieked out saying, “Let me go, ...ugly wretch!” (Shelley 122) The creature had no intent to hurt the boy at that point, he simply wanted a friend he could trust. It upset him greatly, as he continued to feel misunderstood and was realizing his place in the world as a monster. The creature then told Victor that he learned the boy was related to him when he said his father, “M. Frankenstein-he will punish you,” and the creature became enraged as he realized he belonged to his enemy, and promised William he would “be his first victim,” (Shelley 122). It was Victor’s fault he took upon himself to create Frankenstein and then abandon him, if he had not misused that responsibility, his brother would not have ended up in the grave. After the creature murdered William, he gained the knowledge of good and evil. It was at that point that the creature lost his innocence entirely and entered the real world, forever being known as a monster and a
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