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