After reading chapters 9-16 I realized that you shouldn’t judge someone by their appearance and how they act. No one actually gave the monster a chance, everyone just ran away as soon as they saw the monster. Overall one of the deeper meanings I got out of the book was that everyone is unique in their own way and you shouldn’t be quick to judge people by their appearance and the way they act if you don’t know them well. A famous idiom that connects to this theme and used by many people is “Don’t judge a book by its cover” because you shouldn’t do what the characters in Frankenstein did and judge a person only by their appearance.
In today’s society people are quick to judge on how others look and act without actually knowing who they really are. For example, many people discriminate and judge against LGBTQ people without getting to know them further then knowing they aren’t straight. This connects with the story because when the monster tried to go meet the village people they were frightened from the site of him which made them run away. Some people in today’s society stay away from LGBTQ people because they don’t want to be associated with them because they typically don’t look like what today’s society classifies to be ‘normal’.
The monster was turned away by Victor (his own creator) by just the sight of him so the monster was never taught how to act, react, or properly go about life in today’s world, so he did not know what to do with himself because he had no one to teach him right from wrong. Today we see people that we assume have had no one to teach them right from wrong. The monster connects to people that don’t make the best decisions in life due to not being taught how to handle situation properly. We see these people on the news or in society because they act in a way that isn’t proper and gets them into trouble or in jail.
Overall, I feel that this is one of the deepest meanings from this book. This personally connects with me because I have a really close relative that is gay and he has had many people that have not liked him due to the fact that he is gay. When people actually give him a chance and get to know him well they see that he is no different then them and he is a nice person. I personally don’t judge people that are gay because I know that it is hurtful to others and it isn’t proper to judge people and their own choices. I feel that if people would have given the monster a chance and helped him understand the proper ways of life he would be looked at as a regular person.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published in New York, New York, Penguin Classics 2003. 257 pages.