Accepting The Creature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Ordinary humans are unable to accept the Creature’s appearance because of their unfamiliarity with his form. Humans are accustomed to seeing other relatively symmetric beings, but the Creature is made of multiple body parts and is rather large in comparison to the average human form. Society is unable to look past the Creature’s grotesque appearance because it has expectations for what a monster would look like, and unfortunately, he fits their description. The human race refuses to give the Creature a chance: "I have good dispositions; my life had been hitherto harmless and in some degree beneficial; but a fatal prejudice clouds their eyes, and where they ought to see a feeling and kind friend, they behold only a detestable monster” (Shelley…show more content…
The Creature is kind, gentle, and dislikes violence. He finds pleasure in observing the kindness among families and friends and values love and the impact it can have. The creature’s values consist of positive concepts such as beauty, love, and friendship; his interactions with the DeLacey’s prove this statement. He demonstrates his humanity when he stops stealing their food: “I had been accustomed…to steal a part of their store…but when I found in that doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied myself with berries, nuts, and roots…I gathered from a neighbouring wood” (Shelley 109). Although he refuses to let the family see him, the Creature calls them his friends and learns everything he knows about humans from the family. As he observes the family the Creature realizes everything he is missing out on: parents, friends, love. “But where were my friends and relations? No father had...watched my infant days, no mother...I had never yet seen a being resembling me or who claimed any intercourse with me” (Shelley 120). From the moment of his creation, the Creature longed for the feelings of joy and compassion. The Creature has been refused the God given right to such emotions due to his isolation from both society and his creator. Through his alienation the Creature experiences loneliness and depression which only increases his desire…show more content…
The Creature is lonely and desperately in need of a companion. He is crushed by his failure to form relationships with others and their negative reactions towards his hideous appearance. Their reactions are beyond the Creature’s control and he feels that Frankenstein is at fault. In the wake of this realization, the Creature seeks to avenge himself against the human race, in particular, his creator. The Creature is determined to give the man who gave him life the same fate that he received: a life devoid of friends and family. “My daily vows rose for revenge—a deep and deadly revenge, such as would alone compensate for the outrages and anguish I had endured” (Shelley 143). This need for revenge represents the same violent outbursts that occur after racial hate crimes in today’s society, such as the riots in

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