Is the Monster classified as a zombie?


          A zombie is a corpse said to be brought back to life by witchcraft, this is believed by many religions in Africa and the Caribbean, but the most popular form of a zombie, as seen on the hit T.V. show The Walking Dead, is person who has been turned into a creature capable of movement, but other brain activity, this kind of zombie is said to feed on human flesh. The Monster, from the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I think can be classified as a zombie, but not in the whole eating human flesh sort of way.


In a way, Shelley’s Monster can be classified as a zombie. The Monster was created by Victor, he was hand made with disgusting, decaying, discolored body parts of different dead corpses, and so he was technically dead before he was brought to life. A zombie was a once alive human being, now dead and discolored corpse that has been brought back to life. The Monster and a zombie are similar in that sense.  Zombies can move their body parts, walk, and groan. When the monster was first created this is all he could do as well, he didn’t know how to speak yet, and could walk and move his body parts, just like the walking dead. Zombies have been known for a while to be horrifying, in the novel Frankenstein, the Monster is horrifying and is frightened by all who sees him.  These are some ways that the Monster could be classified as a zombie.


With that being said, there are many points and qualities of the Monster from the novel, Frankenstein, which could be argued to not be a zombie. For instance the Monster developed the ability to speak, which he learned to do by listening to the cottagers. However zombies cannot talk or speak, all they do is groan. In the Novel the Monster shows emotion, he shows complete despair when Victor dies at the end of the book, he is downhearted when the Delacys kick him out of the cottage. Zombies don’t show emotions, they don’t show sorrow, they don’t show happiness, they don’t show anything.  The Monster kills Victor’s friends and family, he does not eat the flesh of any of them. Zombies eat human flesh that is how they survive and the only thing they know how to do.  These are some arguments that people can make against the Monster being a zombie.


I personally think that the Monster can be classified as a zombie. This opinion can be argued though. What do you think? Can the Monster be classified as a zombie? Or is the Monster just a monster? You decide.


Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York:Penguin, 2014

Monsters Have Feelings Too!

People NEED to start understanding that not everyone is the same, and that every one has feelings. Like when a kid who grows up in a rough neighborhood and with a rough family, most people automatically assume that this kid isn’t any better than his family, or since he grew up in a rough neighborhood he must be a bad kid when really, he’s the nicest kid you will ever meet. This kind of behavior is demonstrated perfectly in the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, ever since the Monster was created he has been misunderstood on multiple occasions.

In the novel Frankenstein, the humans take one look at the Monster and are immediately disgusted and push him away. This is seen when the Monster confronts Mr. De Lacey (the blind father in the cottage). Mr. De Lacey actually listened to the Monsters story, since he couldn’t see the Monster and what he looked like, so he couldn’t judge him and he treated him like a human instead of an unwanted animal like his kids. This makes you think about our society today and how it hasn’t really gotten any different.  Today some people will still look at a person of a different race, or someone that has a body deformity or just somebody that doesn’t look like them and they will shut them out, push them away, treat them like garbage. They don’t really consider their feelings, that different person would probably feel unwanted, lonely, and well pretty angry. That is most likely how the Monster felt when Mr. De Lacey’s children pushed him out the door, when really all the Monster wanted was to have someone to talk to and someone to tell his story to.

Another time I noticed the Monster being misunderstood is when he first came to life, this time the offence came from his creator Victor. As soon as Victor created life out of the dead body he had created he was disgusted and instead of being there for his creation he ran off terrified, doing so he left his confused, probably scared monster all alone and this probably mad him feel abandoned and unwelcomed into the life he was brought into. This makes me think of babies who are put up for adoption, it was probably some couple who were to scared to be parents so they left the baby at an orphanage and ran off, and even though that baby didn’t know what was happening to him/her, I can still think, like what if the baby knew what was going on and that, that baby could be thinking that he/she is unwanted and not loved.

It makes me sad to think how about the Monster is treated in the novel Frankenstein, and to think about how some people are treated in society today. What the people don’t understand is that all the Monster wants to do is to make friends, talk to them and tell his story. Its kind of hard to do that when every one who looks at you is terrified and disgusted. If somebody could see past his hideousness he would be a little less lonely and if people could see past other people’s differences, the world could be a little bit better. No body deserves to feel unwanted, lonely and not loved, not even a monster.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York:Penguin, 2014

Actions have consequences

The law of consequences states that every result or outcome happens because of a reason. Every action a person makes produces some kind of outcome. By carefully considering our consequences of our actions, thoughts, words, or decisions in advance people could avoid the sometimes-terrible consequences that follow our actions. As I have read the first 18 chapters of the Novel Frankenstein by, Mary Shelly I have noticed some of the actions made by the main character in the novel, Victor Frankenstein, these actions are followed by some very fearsome and disturbing consequences.

In the novel, Victor Frankenstein made a series of decisions that led to some major consequences that, for me, changed the book for the better. These decisions included going to school for science and studying philosophy texts, talking to professors that teach philosophy at the university, and then he made the decision to act on his idea, to create life from non-living things. These decisions created a chain of terrible consequences, this consisted of victor being disgusted with the monster he created and disgusted with himself for creating it, which caused mental illness to victor. On top of that, after victor fled the scene, the monster murdered victors little brother, William. The monster then framed Justine, the adopted member of the Frankenstein family, for Williams murder; she was then later hanged for this crime that she did not commit. After realizing the outcome that has happened from creating this life form, Victor, couldn’t help but blame himself and show self-remorse, as shown in the novel when victor says “Justine died, she rested and I was alive. … a weight of despair and remorse pressed on my heart which nothing could remove. … I wandered like an evil spirit, for I had committed deeds of mischief beyond description horrible, and more, much more was yet behind.” (Shelly, 94). All the actions that he had made, led up to this horrible aftermath.

Today, people still don’t realize that our actions have consequences. This is a big problem with society today. With small things like for example, having an affair on your spouse, you took an action and now you must deal with the consequence. people push the boundaries of their actions, and they might not even know it. If everyone could think about the outcome that could happen from their actions before they preform them there could be less tragedy, less heartbreak, and less self-remorse (as shown by victor).



Sources: Frankenstein Mary Shelly,