Frankenstein: "Cruelty Breeds Evil" Analysis Of The Novel

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"Cruelty Breeds Evil"There is nothing worse than feeling detested and abhorred by society, especially if this hatred is caused solely by one's physical appearance. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the Creature to show how people are inherently good, but compelled to become evil only when ostracized by their fellow man. Although the Creature is initially full of love and is surrounded by examples of human happiness, he finds himself excluded from this happiness, through no fault of his own. The creature turns to evil only after he is spurned by humanity. Two tragic events lead to his transformation: being rejected by his 'family' - the De Laceys, and being rejected by his creator - Victor ...view middle of the document...

The De Laceys never turn a stranger from their door. The creature reasons that the family might welcome him.The Creature is at first accepted by the old man De Lacey because he is blind. Shelley cynically implies that for humans to be unbiased or unprejudiced, we would have to be blind. However, when the rest of the De Laceys see the Creature, they scream in horror and flee the cottage. The Creature is infuriated that he is abandoned by the closest thing he has to a family.The creature compares himself to Adam: "Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence," but unlike Adam, the creature was "wretched, helpless and alone" (92). He will never fit in with human beings who cannot see past his hideous exterior and into his beautiful heart and soul. Shelley correctly points out that no matter how beautiful a person might be on the inside, society refuses to accept those who are different. The Creature's inability to have personal human contact and the resulting isolation is what drives him to commit his horrific crimes. His alienation makes him feel hatred and revenge directed towards his creator.From the moment the Creature is brought to life, Victor abhors him. He makes his creation hideous, even though he said he made him to be beautiful. ""His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath" (35). The Creature's physical appearance is the sole cause of his isolation from society. It is interesting to note that God created man in his image, while Victor's creation resembles a monster.When the Creature innocently reaches out to his creator, Victor escapes and abandons his creation because he is "unable to endure the aspect of the being [he] had created" (35) He leaves the Creature to fend for himself, alone in the world, innocent and as defenseless as a human infant.The creature is denied everything he needs, especially love and acceptance. Once the creature grows up and learns the origins of his creation, he has already experienced much rejection based on his hideous appearance and is already miserable because of the companionship that he lacks. As he reads Victor's journal detailing his creation, he becomes even angrier and refers to...

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