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The Prejudice Of Humanity In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Like many things in life, a transformation needs to occur. In the process of transformation, the outcome can either be good or bad due to circumstances that are out of the control of the person undergoing the transformation. Are we then to blame that person for destroying the process of their transformation? Of course not! We would blame the circumstances that led to the cause of the transformation going bad. The same applies to the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. His downfall from virtue to monstrosity is a result of circumstances out of his control: humanity’s prejudice. Because of humanity's prejudice, the creature's virtue transforms into monstrosity.
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When the creature is first brought to life, Victor Frankenstein runs from him. As the creature feels, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides. I sat down and wept” (Shelley 100). The creature, as a child might, searches for his identity at the time of his animation. As written by Robert Kail, “That is, once children fully understand that they exist and that they have a unique mental life, they begin to wonder who they are. They want to define themselves” (276). The creature’s process of defining himself led to his conclusion that his life is miserable. Victor Frankenstein runs away from him at the moment of his birth and, as a result, the creature feels miserable. This is yet again another step in his transformation from virtue to monstrosity.
The creature experiences prejudice on a much larger scale when he goes to the village. Using the behavior that he learned from Victor Frankenstein, the creature’s first reaction to prejudice is to run away in fear. As the creature writes, “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…” (Shelley 103). The creature, in the midst of his first time encountering prejudice, keeps his learned behavior and...

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