Good afternoon everyone, how’s that sandwich… or whatever it is you’re eating? I bet if you could change one thing about it, any teeny-tiny thing about it, you would. That reminds me of someone who faces that same sort of dilemma; Everyone in the book Frankenstein. Last time I talked about those first 8 chapters. This time, I’m talking about chapters 9-16.
So, in those 8 chapters, we learned A LOT about what the creature has been up to since we last saw him. We’ve seen him venture into the woods, hungry. We have seen him run out of a village. We’ve even seen how he learned to read and speak. but there is one thing that stuck out to me like a blind bat. Just how similar their society treats outcasts such as the creature, and how our society treats outcasts.
Now, before you fill my comments about how I’m wrong; stop, consider how we treat outcasts. If you saw an eight-foot tall man with yellow-ish skin walking up to you, what would your reaction be? or what if someone with a horrific deformity came up to you, lets be honest here, you will judge that person, Hard. Now, i will admit, we would act more natural and calm in that situation. but that does not change the fact. We would already dislike or be turned off by the person before they even had a chance open their mouth. In Frankenstein, the man in the cabin, people in the village, hell, even his own creator looked at him and pretty much said, “What the hell is that monstrosity!?” After which they either ran, fainted, or attacked the creature. the best example of this is when the creature arrived in the village and, “had hardly placed my [The creatures] foot within the door, before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was mused; some fled, some attacked me [The creature], until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I [The creature] escaped to the open country” (Shelly 112). But oh wait folks, it gets juicer, like that possible sandwich you’re eating. you see, later on, when the creature emerges from the hovel (oh yeah, he goes to and lives in a hovel) and goes into the cottage, the blind old man thinks this guy is so polite, sure, maybe a little creepy, but polite…. until the rest of the family came home. then crap hits the fan. The son, Felix. Jumps at the creature with a stick, and repetitively hits him with it. The same guy who was calling him a “Good spirit” like, half a chapter before for bringing them wood a night. All because our favourite creature is kinda ugly… and big… and yellow… you get the point. We would also most likely do that; like, if I saw a big, yellow, and ugly guy gripping my blind fathers lower body like he was a burger, i would be pretty damn scared, and most likely try to get it off of him.
So by now you must be thinking, “But Mr. Wheezer, you have one point, that’s it” Well oh, ho, ho, kiddos, that’s where you’re wrong. Another great point i have to offer you is shown during how we see the creature learn how to speak, and how to read. So the creature gets the following books: Paradise Lost, a volume of Plutarch’s Lives, and the Sorrows of Werter. During this, the creature starts to imagine himself as many characters in the stories. Afterwards, he discovers Victor’s (Yeah, that loser) journals from the four months prior to creating the creature. The creature then starts to get frustrated, stating things like, “ Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you (Victor) turned from me in disgust?” This shows us that he views himself as ugly. Hmm, I wonder if there’s people in our world who view themselves as ugly, or big, or hideous? Oh wait! Those are teenagers? People often consider the beginning of the creature’s narrative to that of a child experiencing things for the first time. If we are to believe that, could we not consider the possibility of this period being the creatures “Adolescent years,” and the creature when he meets Victor (again), he seems a lot more wiser, as well as more mature and sophisticated? Of course, if that’s true, what could be next? will he kill another Frankenstein (oh yeah, he was in fact the one who killed William)? Are you STILL not done you’re lunch? Well, I guess we’ll just have to find out next time.
-Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Malvina G. Vogel. Frankenstein Baronet Books,2008.
-Featured Image is from James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931)
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