Modern Day Mass Shooter Essay

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Seeing stories about mass shootings on the news is an everyday occurrence. Mass shootings occur when people intentionally and indiscriminately shoot multiple people at one venue or at one time. In the United States, there have been 62 mass shootings in the last thirty years. There have been 24 in the last seven years, alone. If he lived in the twenty first century the monster in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly and the movie by the same title, directed by James Whale, would be a modern day mass shooter. The monster and serial shooters share some comparably important traits, such as being bullied by humans, wanting revenge, and having psychological problems.
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For his efforts, the monster is shot by the male who is with the girl, “On seeing me, he darted towards me, and tearing the girl from my arms, hastened towards the deeper parts of the wood. I followed speedily, hardly knew why; but when the man saw me draw near, he aimed a gun, which he carried, at my body, and fired” (Shelly, Chapter 16). The only thing the monster wants to do is help and he is badly bruised as a result of his aiding.
Next, the monster is bullied again by humans, this time in chapter eleven. In this instance, the monster talks about how before observing his adoptive family, he would wander around just looking for food and shelter but all the while, he is constantly being battered and berated: “Before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons, I escaped to the open country” (Shelly, Chapter 11). Lastly, the final blow happened in chapter fifteen, when the monster attempts to introduce himself to his “adoptive family”. Felix, the son, attacks the monster and physically harms him. “Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore me from his father, to whose knees I clung: in a transport of fury, he dashed me to the ground and struck me violently with a stick” (Shelly, Chapter 15). Humans constantly bully others until they lash out.
Another common trait the monster and serial shooters have is the need for revenge. In Chapter sixteen of the book, the monster states, “Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind” (Shelly, 16). The first example of this is how the monster wants to get revenge on his “creator” by making him sad and lonely just like the monster. The LAX shooter, Paul Anthony Ciancia, wanted the same thing. According to TheDailyBeast.com, “this appears to have been a premeditated attack by a person with a political grievance who came heavily armed to the airport with the clear mission to kill federal law enforcement officers.” Ciancia, made the decision to kill multiple TSA employees because he wanted to send a message and scare them (ABC News.com).
The first time the monster kills someone, it is not premeditated. He kills because it is part of his mindset, and he wants to hurt Frankenstein. The monster kills Frankenstein’s brother William. Not because William hurts the monster but because William is related to Frankenstein. In chapter sixteen, before the monster kills William, the monster proclaims, “Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy--to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim” (Shelly, Chapter 16). Also, as the reader can see, this is a spur of the moment ordeal. The monster did not take months to plan this killing like he did later with Elizabeth. As the monster progressed on with his killings, he does have an exact agenda for who he is going to kill, and the monster also has a precise plan for the...

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