Zainab Mahdi

Professor Ramos

English 1B

12/14/2018

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Monsters Are Created By Human

True social isolation over years and decades can be a chronic condition affecting all aspects of a person’s existence. Social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, fear of others, or negative self-esteem. Lack of consistent human contact can also cause conflict with the peripheral friends; the socially isolated person may occasionally talk to or cause problems with other members. The main theme in the novel and the movie Frankenstein is the isolation, abandonment, and prejudice from the family and society. Isolation and abandonment are real battles humans often struggle within their life and this is what happened with Victor Frankenstein. Victor left his family, his friends, and he didn’t see them in such a long time, even when he’s back he lie to them by not telling them about his creation that was known later as the Frankenstein monster. He was doing experiment of a dead body which makes up the monster, Victor spent his nights digging through the graveyard for the parts for his creation, working in a dark laboratory that is covered in rank odor and filth, and then he uses electricity to create a life from the death. All this made him isolating himself from others around him.

We can’t ignore the hate and prejudice for Frankenstein in both the movie and novel. Although James Whale’s film adaptation of “Frankenstein” differs greatly from Mary Shelley’s novel; the portrayal of the creature and how he deals with prejudice because of his deformities are intact. We saw the monster turns vengeful not because it’s evil, but because its isolation that his creator gave him, Frankenstein monster was locked inside the room, this made him be filled with hates, anger, and he becomes vengeful to other people around him only because of human prejudice and abandonment to him. He was unwelcomed from others; everyone who saw Frankenstein creature thinks that he is a dangerous monster, and he will cause harm to people due to his appearance that he was different from the humans. Also, the monster does not appear or act as we imagine most humans do. There is a lack of mannerisms, language, and motor skills. He grunts and groans in response to everything, after realizing that the creature looks nothing like what Victor expects, Victor runs away from him “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed chamber”. Since the moment Frankenstein’s monster was created, Victor despised him and struggles to get rid of the monster by running away and disowning him. This shows that when we create something good, we practically fall over ourselves to claim credit, but when we create a problem, our natural tendency is to slowly walk backwards while casually whistling the tune of abnegation and denial; this is the human nature of thinking and acting. However, the monster finds Victor’s expressing his true feelings towards the monster existence. He then discovers Victor’s regret towards bringing him to life, as well as his overall animosity towards him. The monster is suddenly angered, expressing, “He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him”.

4888039856_31c4233f07_bVictor didn’t care about the consequences of his creation before creating the monster, because he was guided by his single minded obsession. As a result, he could not keep his own invention into the track. The Frankenstein monster creating effects does not happen to Dr. Frankenstein himself, but to the Frankenstein monster. The monster has like antisocial personality order which is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. Because of the monster was hurting by his creator and the people around him, his effects were that he starts of doing revenge. Revenge becomes the only thing he wants to do. Researchers and theorists believe that revenge is a form of establishing justice and that the threat of revenge may serve as a form of protection, a kind of enforcement of social cooperation so the purpose of revenge is in preventing certain hostile actions or the threat of revenge insures people do not hurt you in the future.

The consequences are the monsters murdering Victor relatives and his community around him as a way of revenge against victor to makes him suffer. In the book Frankenstein kills William. William was found murdered in the woods outside Geneva. He said: “I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph; clapping my hands, I exclaimed, ‘I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him” William’s death deeply affected Victor; he knows he is the responsible to his death because of his creation. The monster also kills Frankenstein’s best friend from childhood Henry Clerval, and later he kills Frankenstein’s bride Elizabeth Lavenza on their wedding night inside her room which was the shocking event.The creature sets out for his own place in society.

Another effect of the monster is found in one of the scenes, Frankenstein creature meets a little girl playing outside, although she was a little afraid, she accepted him and plays with him normally. They were playing with throwing flower petals in the river, after they throw all the petals from a flower into the lake and there is no more petals, he looks around for something else to throw, but there were no more flowers so he picks up the little girl and throws her in. the creator didn’t know what was he doing, he didn’t taught the difference from right and wrong. All he knows was just killing. The more he killed the more he will get attention from others, that’s all he knows just murdering and this cause the negative effect to the society.

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Author Mary Shelley notes that the theme of loneliness and its effect on humans was important to her in this novel. In Frankenstein’s case, it can be argued that it’s mostly his loneliness that led to the creation of the monster. Loneliness also plays out in the monster’s life. He turns to killing because he’s so lonely – nobody accepts him. Science has shown again and again the importance of friends – in everything from stress levels, to happiness levels, to life expectancy. For us the humans having someone in our life to talk to is so important to us, this is the human nature.

Cohen theses for monster help us to further understand Victor Frankenstein’s creation. In Jeffery Cohen’s first thesis states that “The Monster Body is a Cultural Body”. Monsters characteristics come from a culture’s most deep-seated fears and fantasies. The monster is born as an embodiment of certain culture moment of a time, a feeling, and a place. The monster body incorporates fear, fantasy, anxiety and that was led to the creation of Frankenstein, he becomes alive from a dead body parts. Another Cohen theory is “The monster is the harbinger of the category crisis.” What this thesis means is that the monster’s most threatening characteristics to society are often social, racial, political…  He, it threatens to upset the natural order of everyday society we live in. Frankenstein getting angry and upset led to the death for victor family. The four theses in monster culture “The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference,” explains that the monster is difference made flesh that comes to dwell among us. It represents the “Other,” the “Outside,” from what is culturally, politically, racially, economically, sexually normative . The emphasis in Cohen’s fourth thesis revolves around this main difference. Monsters and creatures are judged and belittled based upon what people see and believe about them. This theory is telling us that society makes it a monster because it is different and because it does not look normal like them, we always tend to judge people base on their look, Frankenstein was a monster to everyone because he doesn’t appear like humans, he looks different and that made him a monster.

After all this explains Victor isolates himself in order to create this being of which he is terrified. He rejects it, which causes it to kill the people he loves most, leaving Victor more alone than ever before. Although Victor ultimately brings all of his isolation upon himself, he embodies the theme and its consequences better than any other character.

 

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Work Cited

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, (1996) “Monster culture (seven theses)” from Cohen, Jeffrey

Jerome (ed.), Monster theory: reading culture pp.3- 25, Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press

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