Similarities Between Frankenstein And Othello

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Individuals are frequently told from a young age to understand somebody rather than judge them based on their appearance. Yet in both Frankenstein and Othello characters place a large emphasis on someone's exterior. The theme of appearance versus reality is prevalent in both William Shakespeare's Othello and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Characters in both literary pieces lack to further understand certain people's personalities. The over analysis of appearance done by individuals in both texts negatively impacts the lives of Othello and the creature from Frankenstein. Isolation, lack of love and cynical preconceived ideas from society inevitably create an unfavourable life for Othello and the creature due to a strong focus on appearance in…show more content…
In the Elizabethan Era, complexion indicated an individual's intellect. Since Othello is dark in complexion, he is perceived as being uneducated and unable to talk formally. Knowing that his society believes him to be a person of lower intellect he constantly succumbs to his societal norms. Othello attempts to politely state his argument to Brabantio and the Duke by saying, “Rude am I in speech/ And little blessed with soft phrase of peace,” proving many consider him to be lower in education than those of a fairer complexion (1.3 81-82). On the other hand, the monster is discriminated for its whole appearance not just its skin colour. Although the monster has the structure of a human its facial features are different to those of a regular human being. Its distorted image portrays it as a monster and therefore many misjudge the creature. In the creature's story about its journey there are many points where humans mistook the creature's good deeds and twist its actions into those of which would threaten a human. For instance, the monster saves a little girl from drowning. A rustic misunderstanding the situation and as the creature states, “darted towards me, and tearing apart the girl from my arms;hastened towards the deeper parts of the wood” (Shelley 126). The monster tries to explain its actions towards the man. Yet, the man fails to understand the creature's actions once again and the creature says, “he aimed a gun which he carried, at my body and fired” (Shelley 126).The man's two drastic actions were due to his lack of judgment on the creature's character. Contradicting the monsters intentions when saving the girl, he believed the creature to be filled with evil intentions. Judgment by characters such as the man from Frankenstein and characters from Othello are misguided by their stress on visual appearance which Othello and the

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