Unlike my last blog filled with roasts and anger towards Victor, today I am going to have more of a heart to heart and talk about the pity I feel for “The Monster” himself. Rejection plays a very big role within the book Frankenstein. Specifically to one person in particular, Frankenstein’s monster. Being rejected by his own creator and others on top of that is what formed The Monster to become an actual monster, and how he must’ve felt is what I want to talk about.
Imagine entering the world not knowing what anything is, lost and confused. Then the only person who is there with you, who created life for you, just leaves. The amount of confusion and terrorize you would feel is endless. You have no where to go and you don’t even fully understand the way life works. Just thinking about this makes my stomach turn. It would be a nightmare! Well this is what The Monster went through, and knowing that makes me feel so bad for him!
So as I just stated, Victor leaves the monster alone after he created him. Not even introducing him to the new world, he just takes one look at The Monster, freaks out and runs off. He doesn’t even know how to talk, let alone the little things of life like night and day or heat and cold. He had to figure this all out on his own, which had to have been very scary and very lonely. Loneliness is something that can cause a lot of mental health issues. People today go through hard depression because of loneliness. So in my opinion, loneliness caused from Victor abandoning the monster is one thing that made The Monster evil. How is he suppose to know good from bad without someone there to guide him? How is he suppose to know love and mercy if no has ever shown him?
Moving on further into The Monsters journey, he tries to enter a village but that again ends badly for him. Once people see what he looks they freak out and run away. How would you like being so ugly that when someone looked you they screamed in horror? The monster had not done anything wrong to prove he was dangerous or evil at this point infact he was very fragile and pure. He didn’t want to hurt anyone. But the village rejected him just like Victor did, once again leaving him to still be alone. Sad isn’t it?
Continuing on in the book, The Monster finds a place to hide out where he also watches the DeLacey family. At first he steals food from them, which people may think is a sign of evil, but how would he know stealing is bad if no one had taught him that? Therefore he’s just doing what he thinks is okay. He then later on finds out they’re poor. That is when he stops stealing from them which actually Shows that the monster had feelings just like a human and he was pure to start. Anyways, as he watches this family he learns different things like how to speak and how to write but most importantly he sees how the family loves one another. Watching a family love each other while he sat there alone and abandoned must’ve made him feel more lonely than ever. Reading about it made me think of him as one of those old dogs that have been in the pound for years but no one will adopt it because he’s not as cute as the other ones so he spends his life alone, unloved and miserable. 😢. The Monster wants to join this family which obviously makes sence but long story short he was rejected… AGAIN. Looks like the third time wasn’t a charm for The Monster because as soon as they saw his ugly face they freaked out and turned him away, not even giving him a chance. Talk about heartbreaking, getting rejected three times in a row, being ugly and lonelier than ever.
So The Monster wasn’t evil to begin with in fact he had kindness in his heart. He was turned away and rejected by so many, which had to have had a huge impact on him mentally. These kind of negative experiences create high emotions of anger and sadness that The Monster wouldn’t know how to handle since he has no one to even talk about it with or help him. So then he takes a turn for the worst and starts killing people, but if Victor had not left him in the first place non of that would have happened. Even after The Monster turned evil, all he wanted from Victor was someone to share his life with. A woman he would run off with so he would never have to be so lonely again. I couldn’t help but feel bad for The monster. The guy was innocent and had a terrible life. “All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you sport thus with life?” (Shelly , 104) I’ll leave you with this quote from The Monster himself that shows his pain and grief. Directed towards Victor for creating him and then abandoning him, to fall apart as if he didn’t matter. The Monster was no monster at heart, just lost and hurt and unable to figure out all his emotions the right way.
Black, Claudia. “Understanding the Pain of Abandonment.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-many-faces-addiction/201006/understanding-the-pain-abandonment. Dec 3, 2018.