Signs the Monster had a good heart

Welcome back to Frankenstein and the Stars. On todays blog I am going to share with you my belief that the Monster truly had a good heart.  To start off, the Monster was created unnaturally by someone who was clearly unstable. When he came to life he was completely abandoned and neglected. He was the only of his species.”I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them you imagine being left like this? It would be like leaving a toddler alone and having to fend for itself” (Shelley, 139).In todays society that is completely frowned upon. We know, the Monster was made up of human body parts so he physically and mentally is biologically wired like humans. He has emotions and feelings like all of us. It is crucial for humans to have other human contact, we are scientifically a social species and without a connection we mentally become unstable. For example, look at the movie The Martian. In the movie an Astronaut flies to space, eventually he becomes alone and stranded all by himself and begins to start losing his sanity because he has no human contact. This movie just proves how important it is for our kind to have socialization. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4PCI0NamI. If the Monster had the proper up bringing, care and socialization these events could have easily been prevented.Image result for the martian movie

Since the Monster was on his own straight from his ‘birth’ he had  to learn the basic concepts of life because he didn’t want to be alone; he wanted to be a part of society and loved. “But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing. From my earliest remembrance I had been as I then was in height and proportion” (Shelley, 128).

Wherever the Monster went he wasn’t excepted. The first real human contact the Monster had the man ran out in terror, scared for his life. His next encounter was in a village where he was humiliated and even abused mentally and physically by the townspeople. These were his two first primary factors of socialization. As stated in my schools Social Science textbook, “There are devastating consequences for children raised in abusive homes. In cases of child abuse, children do not learn normal and healthy behaviours” (Collishaw, 113). This results in the monster having a good heart because even though he had a tough upbrining he overcame it and stayed good.

Ironically, what the humans did to him was what they pictured the monster to do to them. They were the real monsters behind this. Later on in the chapters, he found a small cottage and studied a family through a small crack in the wall. They were the Delacey’s. Even after he was terrorized by humans he still stayed pure and held hope. He wanted to be a part of something, just like all of us do. All day everyday the Monster would study the Delacey’s and learn from them. One day, when everyone left, the monster went into their cottage and spoke to Mr.Delacey who was blind. Everything was totally natural and normal, all the monster wanted to do was be friends with the Delacey’s. When the rest of the family  arrived back at their cottage everyone was horrified, and Felix Delacey drives the Monster out with a stick. Have you noticed that up to this point the Monster has been the only one getting harmed, yet he is doing nothing wrong or bad to the people?Image result for frankenstein at cottage

After all of these negative and astonishing encounters with humans, he wants to retaliate. He has done nothing but be kind but he has finally had enough. He sleeps on his decision and realizes that it’s not the right thing to do. Proving once again, he had a good heart. After this he goes back to Geneva to find Victor Frankenstein, to find his purpose in the world.”Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery’ (Shelly, 146). On his way, he sees a woman drowning and saves her. What kind of evil thing could possibly do this? Clearly this shows again how the Monster is pure and has good intentions. While he was saving the woman he gets shot. Shot for nothing. The men thought he was drowning the woman, but really he was saving her. This really just shows how much people judge you by your image. It truly disgusts me. Not to sound cliché but the saying: ‘don`t judge a book by its cover’ is very applicable throughout this novel and could very easily be a lesson taught about it in class. The Monster’s intentions were always very pure and in the right per say, but the only thing people could focus on was his image.

The Monster also gives Victor Frankenstein so many chances and so much time to fix his wrong doings and create someone for him to be with. The Monster just wants to be loved and accepted like all of us do. He warns Frankenstein that if he does not create him a partner that he will slowly start killing everyone off. Eventually the Monster does start doing this. Like I said earlier, it is crucial to have socialization. Abraham Maslow, a famous Psychologist had a theory that human socialization was needed in order to thrive and be successful. Without having this, the Monster began to lose his sanity, resulting in him killing Frankenstein’s loved ones off, one by one. After the Monster’s wrong doings and Frankenstein’s death, he reflects on his actions and feels terrible. He did mean to be bad. He feels so bad that he wants to set himself on fire. Someone who is truly evil would never have feelings of remorse. After all of the terrible things everyone including Frankenstein has done to him that damaged him, he still feels guilty. All of these reasons show that the Monster had a good heart, that he was pure and had good intentions.Image result for maslow's hierarchy of needs

Ending my blog off, I encourage you to except everyone for who they are and to never judge. To always be the bigger person and look at people’s situation from their point of view. You never know what battle someone is facing.

 

 

Bibliography

Collishaw, R, Kritzer, S, Wrecki, P, Winner, J. (2011). Social Science: An Introduction. Toronto, Canada:                   Nelson Education LTD.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, et al. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Signet Classics, 2013.

 

 

Would Frankenstein be accepted in todays society?

Welcome back! In today’s blog I am going to share with you my reasoning on why I believe that the Monster would be accepted in today’s society.

Image result for end the stigma mental healthBeing different back in the 1800’s was something frowned upon, everyone was very judgmental on your appearance, status, and your character. The Monster had a very big heart but sadly,  being 8 feet tall and hideously ugly, he stuck out like a sore thumb, which for him, in this time was very unlucky. Now, it would no longer be acceptable for The Monster to be shot at or abused physically or mentally. In the year of 2018, our differences are celebrated. I think that the Monster would be included in our society.

Image result for lgbtq fistAs we know our generation is all about acceptance and inclusiveness. There is a place for everybody to fit in and have the opportunity to feel loved. For those that still do not feel that way, there is counselling as well as support groups. There is a place for everybody at the table. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Queers should no longer feel like they have to stay in the closet. Mental health no longer carries the stigma it has in the past. It is proven that it is a disease that anyone, rich or poor can have at anytime. We are seeing  action take place in schools, community centre’s and all over social media. #BellLetsTalk is a program designated to promote education towards mental health as well as research awareness and ending social stigma and dedicates a day to it once every year.  Women are shattering glass ceilings in the workplace. They are no longer looked at as clerical staff or secretaries, but instead are CEO’s, Doctors, Lawyers and quite frankly, anything they want to be. Sexual assault and harassment is being dealt with rather than being swept under the rug. The #MeToo movement has brought many women forward from all backgrounds, including high profile celebrities. Men are encouraged to wear there hearts on their sleeve and to be vulnerable.

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There is diversity in our leaders; look no further than our previous President, Barack Obama. Having him as a president opened so many doors, for all races, especially African American’s. In this day and age, we are amidst activists and lobbyist’s whom consistently route for the underdog. We have Paralympic athletes that compete globally for international recognition. This past summer, Toronto was home to this years Invictus games. We still have a long way to go however, we continue to make strides on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the era the Monster was ‘born’  in, people were not so open and receptive to our differences. In closing, I strongly feel that in this day in age, or that the Monster had been ‘born’ now he would have had a much better existence; one of acceptance and inclusiveness.Image result for activist march

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, et al. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Signet Classics, 2013.

 

Character Analysis- Astrology Style

Have you ever wondered what makes you who you are? Well I’m here to help you out on that.  Its your Astrological Sun Sign! On today’s blog, I am going to take you through what I think Victor’s astrological sign is, based on his  characteristics and actions shown throughout the first eight chapters of the book. To start off, Victor is curious. From a young age Victor was interested in things that most kids didn’t even think about. He liked looking into things like Philosophy but most generally, natural philosophy “Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science (Pg.37).” He was very curious about the secrets and unsolved things of the natural world. Victor Frankenstein is also very intelligent and independent. At the age of 17 Victor moves away and goes to University in Ingolstadt. Another trait he possesses along with his intelligence is determination. He knew what he wanted and how to get it. Even after his mother dies and her one last wish for was him to marry Elizabeth, he sticks to his schooling and focuses on his education, not letting any distractions get in his way. He is so determined that he shut everyone out and left behind his social life to focus on his studies,”I threw myself into the chaise that was to convey me away and indulged in the most melancholy reflections. I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure-I was now alone. In the university whither I was going I must form my own friends and be my own protector (Pg.44).” These were the main characteristics that stuck out to me when reading Frankentstein. 

Now that we have Victor’s traits we can go to the fun stuff; his Astrological Sun Sign! For those of you who might be wondering what a Sun Sign is, or what it determines, I am here to help you. Your Sun Sign is something that depends on your date of birth. There are 12 signs that last for approximately 30 days and rotate every month or so, throughout the year. Some might say your sun sign determines your personality, your likes and dislikes, how you react to certain situations, but in a more generalized statement; what makes you who you are. For example, I am a Gemini because I was born on June 11th. Gemini’s are known to be lively, quick in thought and adaptable. The other 11 signs include: Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Not one sign is the same, they are all different and unique in their own ways.

When taking all of Victor`s traits into consideration,  I strongly believe that he would be an Aquarius. People born from January 20th- February 18th are under this sign. Th e Aquarian is very independent, curious and assertive, much like Victor who threw himself into his work so confidently. Aquarians are always authentic and original. According to Joanna Woolfolk author and Astrologer, “Aquarius is the sign of the future, of the visionary,” (Woolfolk, The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need.) Victor had a passion and a vision for the future, he believed he could bring people back from the dead, which he did when he created the monster. This was something very original and authentic. Joanna also stated “Aquarians are unorthodox, original people people- sort of wacky, witty minded madcaps who refuse to follow the crowd and go their own way”(The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, Woolfolk.) Victor always went his own way. When he was gone away to University, his professors always thought what he was studying and found interesting was useless and a waste of time but, he continued to stick with it. Also when looking at Victor`s letters they are very eccentric and bold, Aquarius’ are known for being over the top and eccentric. “This breeze, which has traveled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight”(Letter 1).Victor could have written this letter in so many different ways to get this message across, so this just shows how eccentric he truly is. In conclusion, by doing a character analysis on Victor Frankenstein I believe out of the 12 zodiac signs that his Sun Sign would be an Aquarius.

 

Woolfolk, J. M. (1990). The only astrology book youll ever need. Place of publication not identified: Scarborough House.

 

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