Society In Frankenstein Essay

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Roles In Frankenstein Society often puts labels on things such as good, bad, normal, or strange. People are expected to act in a certain manner depending on there status in society. For example in Frankenstein, you would expect the doctor as a scientist to act with precision and responsibility. From the monster you would expect brutality, irresponsibility and a lack of intelligence. The Doctor is expected to have a certain amount of respect for the scientific community and uphold its morals and ethics. The novel shows how a person or thing may not act according to how it's supposed to.The monster is wrongly treated on the assumption that he actually is a monster. He is scorned attacked and shunned due to his outward appearance. This is not justified by anything except his demeanor. He doesn't commit any heinous actions towards the people he meets. People are also afraid of him because people are afraid of things they know nothing about. The character of Justine can be used to display societies affect on people. Society doesn't kill her, but the ignorance of people does. Society can't kill a person, but it can influence the actions of its people. She is held accountable for a murder she didn't commit. Judgment is passed on her prematurely. I'll admit there was evidence against Justine, and we have the advantage of knowing that she didn't do it. Justine was not exactly a pillar of the community, so some reasonable evidence and the fact that human behavior tends to view people that are in the lower-class as being guilty of something, was all that was needed. The ideology of a being a monster is different the n looking hideous and revolting.The characters of the Doctor and the monster act exactly opposite then would be expected of them. The label placed on how they are supposed to act ends up on the opposite side of the scale for both of them. Frankenstein exhibits monster characteristics, and the monster acts more human then most characters in the novel.Dr. Frankenstein, the so labeled decent man, is actually irresponsible, stubborn and extreme in his actions throughout the novel. His irresponsibility shows through many times in his feelings toward his creation. While he was in the process of shaping his creation, Frankenstein is so caught up in his work and his yearning to be remembered for all time that he does not stop and think about what will happen after his being is brought into existence. He is so consumed by his work he does not sleep for days on end, eat meals or write to his family, like he used to. There is a line that shows, how he made himself an island separated from society. It goes "The summer months passed while I was thus engaged …but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature" (Shelley 56).As soon as the monster is created you can see how his feelings towards it begin to change. The doctor says "I had worked hard for nearly two years…but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, the breathless...

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