What Makes a Human “Human”?

When you hear the word human what do you picture? Is it their looks, personality, or their need for a companion? Throughout the novel we are introduced to victors creation “the monster”. The novel describes him as an ugly devil like creature… but is he really that different from you? Let’s talk about it.

Victor creates the monster out of many different things, or should I say people. He uses a variety of stolen body parts, and his creative imagination to create something living out of inanimate objects.It is known that every human experiences different feelings during different times, its hard to believe that a monster could feel the same way as a human could. Although, the monster continues to show his feelings by what he says, “You, my creator, would tear me into pieces and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?” (Shelley 156). Showing not only the monsters feelings, but how he acted as if he was a real human being. A little later the monster explained that no matter what, he would not curse his maker. The monster also explains the inequality between him and victor, “I shall feel the affections of a sensitive being and become linked to the chain of existence and events from which I am now excluded” (159). The monster explained this after victor refused to make him a companion when he needed it the most.

Most humans want to grow up and have a family of their own, as did Victors monster. The monsters goal was to reproduce and eventually marry. Victor was convinced into making another creature by the monsters reasonable tone ” the picture I present you is peaceful and human, and you must feel that you could deny it only in the wantonness of power and cruelty” (158). Victor kept telling the monster that he was going to create the other creature, but instead he would run off leaving the monster alone, making his anger rise each time Victor would leave. The monster eventually got so angry that he resulted in killing the people who where closest to Victor, and wouldn’t stop until he himself was happy. Why do you think the creature didn’t want to hurt Victor, but those closest to him? Well throughout the novel it shows the creatures love and thankfulness regarding Victor, demonstrating how the creature looks up to Victor as a father figure rather than just his creator.

I can relate to the feelings that the creature experiences every time Victor leaves since I  had a similar  experience when I was younger. It was a while ago when my parents decided to split up, and soon after I found out my dad was moving out of town. Confusion and sadness took over my body, as I was trying to process what was happening. All of my emotions started to get stronger resulting in anger because I couldn’t control them anymore. I would think the creature would have felt the same confusing emotions that I had felt during that period of time. I would feel like him leaving was my fault, because I didn’t quite understand exactly what was happening. Which leads me to think that maybe the creature felt like Victor leaving was his fault, and because he couldn’t handle his emotions and anger, it may have led to his reason to murder Victors family and friends. You would think all of these feelings that I have discussed would only relate to humans, but with my connection to the creature I feel that he to could be considered a human, since he does have the same characteristics and feelings as one.

You have reached the end of my froggy bloggy. Thank you for reading my thoughts on the creature and how he resembles a human. In the end I would say my thoughts have changed from when I first started reading versus where I am now since I was able to connect to the creature about personal experiences. I hope that my blog helped you see that the creature has feelings and traits just like any other human and that you  need to know more about a person before you can put a label on them such as “monster”. So ask yourself… what makes a human “human”?

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Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.

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