Characterisation of the Creature in “Frankenstein”

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Welcome back bloggers to If You’ve Got It, Haunt It! Today I will be discussing the characterisation of the creature as I did with Victor from the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. 

The monster is abandoned by his creator and tries to fit into society but he is only ignored and shunned. The monster soon realised his appearance and seeks revenge on Victor, He kills Victor’s brother then the monster soon murders Victor’s best friend and new wife.

First of all for the physical traits of the monster he is described as 8-foot tall, hideous and ugly. Almost everyone responds to his appearance with fear. Wouldn’t that make him seem scary and heartless? But yet, he is actually sensitive and emotional. He is enormous and strong but he has the mind of a newborn as well. The creature is also extremely violent.

This is a picture of what the monster in “Frankenstein” is described to look like. Photo by ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The monster is sensitive and emotional because is has the mind of a newborn so when people are mean and ignore him he gets upset. The monster has feelings just like other people and shows lots of emotion throughout the book. He struggles to find a sense of family and community. He can feel sadness and anger just like anyone else. The monster also gets upset because he doesn’t fit into society. It is shown that he is sensitive because once he sees his reflection he wants to get revenge on Victor. The monster wants nothing more then to have a family and be accepted by others. The author makes the reader feel sympathy for the monster because he is lonely, ugly and rejected by all and has done nothing to deserve to be treated like this.The monster is brave he assists a group of poor peasants and saves a girl from drowning, but because of his appearance, he is rewarded only with beatings and disgust.

The creature is strong, extremely violent and dangerous because his first thought after finding out what he physically looks like his first thought is revenge. The monster is responsible for many violent actions throughout the novel. The monster shows violence because he murders a few people throughout the book. That proves that he is violent and dangerous. He also wasn’t raised properly because his creator didn’t care about him. Victor abandoned him and threw him out onto the streets. Victor has caused him so much suffering, sadness because Victor is the only person that he has had any type of relationship with. So that has part in his actions as well. I think that if the monster was raised properly he wouldn’t be so violent and dangerous. Overall the monster is sensitive, emotional, strong, dangerous and extremely violent.

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Work cited

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Douglas Clegg. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 2013.

“Sympathy for Frankenstein’s Monster.” UKEssays.com, www.ukessays.com/essays/english-literature/how-mary-shelley-creates-sympathy-for-monster-english-literature-essay.php.

Frankenstein and Family, Nature vs Nurture

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Welcome back bloggers to If You’ve Got It, Haunt It. Today I will be discussing the nature vs nurture debate. The famous Nature vs Nurture debate has been going on for a long time and it can strongly relate to the book “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley. The book starts off in a first-person point of view of Victor Frankenstein. The family life of Victor at a young age is loving and caring. His father encourages victor to remember the importance of family. Victor’s father was even nice enough to adopt Elisabeth Lavenza when she was an orphan. That’s just how he was nurtured.

Yet when Victor creates the monster, he treats him like he’s worthless because he doesn’t want him to be able to control himself Victor wants to be in full control of him. That’s just the nature of Victor. The monster gets marginalized and treated like he isn’t important. Wouldn’t you think that Victor would raise a caring and loving family because he was raised well in a family like that? He’s completely the opposite. He is self-centered and egocentric, (the whole world revolves around him.) you can tell by the way he talks. Victor always makes everything about him and doesn’t see the importance in caring about others or seeing the connections and relationships that you should have with your family. When the creature is first “born” we see him as happy and shy. He soon becomes abandoned and isolated. Victor has poor parenting to the creature. He makes the creature feel unwanted and like he was a mistake. He never even named the creature, yet the creature still sees victor as a father.

Some people would say that it is the way you were nurtured that creates who you really are who, how you were raised. Although I believe that it is your nature. You are just that way biologically, no parenting can change that. I think that when you’re young you listen to your parents just because they are your parents and that’s how they teach you. But once you go out on your own you remote back to your old self and become who you really are. Just like Victor, he had a good youth but now that he can do things for himself and he doesn’t need his father he is becoming his real self.  He can’t even take responsibility for his actions and still acts like a child.  In conclusion Victor is childish and nature wins over nurture.

Work Cited

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Douglas Clegg. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 2013.

Frankenstein

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