Characterisation of the Creature in “Frankenstein”

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.

To learn more about the creature and the book Frankenstein click here!

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.

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