In her novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelly was trying to reach to her readers and tell them her opinions on how society acts towards those who are different. In reading all of Frankenstein and acknowledging the points that Mary Shelly tried to persuade us to believe, or at least consider, it is concluded by some that society is harsh and acrimonious. This book was written over a hundred years ago, but the evils of society still exist today.
In questioning to one's opinion, do they feel that no one would be killed if society had simply treated the creation somewhat humane? Of course, most people would say "yes" to this question, and would say that they would have befriended the creature. If anyone actually encountered Frankenstein's monster, would anyone really want to become friends with it? Shelly vividly described the creation as follows: "His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost the same color as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion and straight black lips."
The human mind operates in a way that it needs certain things and is afraid and will shun certain things. Shelly's story brings those emotions out into the open. Almost everyone, even if one denies it, is afraid of the unknown. If someone sees a scary creature, their almost immediate response is to run away. This is what the creature must tolerate. All he wants out of life, and most people do, is a friend. Unfortunately for him, he was created into a world that is biased, prejudiced and intolerant. They view him as ugly and foreign to their world. The only one who was not able to judge him by his looks was De Lacy, a blind man. This friendship did not work out because Felix, Agatha and Safie eventually saw him. All this anger that the creation had because he cannot have friends, and the hatred of his creator led him to the first murder of William. This murder, in turn, led to the death of Justine who was accused for the crime.
These two deaths, and the other two, were needed to conclude the story. If they had not occurred, then the whole story would have ended like a Disney movie. Victor would not feel remorse for creating the creature, and would probably live a long, happy life with Elizabeth. Life isn't a Disney movie, though, and neither is this book. In order for Victor to come to terms with the monster, and himself, his life had to be made miserable. The creation, who has suffered more than anyone else in this book, decided to take on the task of making his life this way. Victor could have been the creation's friend, or better his father, but disgusted with his own creation, whom he left it to rot and die, alone, in his own friendless world. In doing this, it showed how cruel, and insensitive he was when the creature did not meet his expectations, thus proving that without being 'perfect' or flawless' one is seen as a desolate, beast.
In reading Frankenstein and viewing it's values about society or even how one person can hold so much effect into a single
person's life can cause them to leap to their own inevitable death. One's opinion on how the person seems on the outside does
not count, what about the ones that commit murder, or other crimes, such as this? Do they seem as if they are ones that could
commit these crimes? So why should our beliefs on how a person should act be opinionated on how a person looks?
please tell me what you think.