Cruelty of Society in Frankenstein, Master Harold, and An Enemy of the People
“Master Harold”…and the Boys, St. Joan, and An Enemy of the People show that society shows hate and cruelty to people who are different or who do not share similar ideas as other people do. For example, in “Master Harold”…and the Boys, Hally’s racist attitude toward Sam and Willie is a result of his experiences in society. In Frankenstein, society is cruel and hateful to the monster because he looks different than other people. In An Enemy of the People, society persecutes Dr. Stockman because he attempts to gain support for the repair of the Baths. The stories that are presented here illustrate the cruelty and hatefulness of society.
In “Master Harold”…and the Boys, the cruelty of society is depicted in the form of racism. The story takes place in South Africa, a place where racism is prevalent. Hally is a seventeen-year-old white person whose mother owns a restaurant. Their two employees, or “servants”, are uneducated black men. During the story, Hally acts as though he is superior to Sam and Willie, the servants, while he is supervising their cleanup of the restaurant. At a point in the story, Hally is angered with problems in his life. He takes this anger out on Sam, even though Sam is trying to help Hally. Hally yells at Sam, insults Sam and makes racist comments about Sam. Hally would not behave in this manner if he were not raised in a racist society. Hally hurts Sam through racism and insults, and in doing so he shows that society is cruel and harsh to those who are different.
One more example of the cruelty of society to those who do not fit in with society is also seen in Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein experiments with the forces of nature when he creates a monster out of body parts of dead humans. Victor creates the monster with the intent to discover methods of improving humanity. However, Victor’s hopes turn to horror when he sees that the monster that he has created is ugly and wretched. After Victor rejects the monster because of the monster’s ugliness, the monster escapes to roam...