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Frankenstein Analysis of Morals & Values, Social Comment

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Frankenstein Analysis of Morals and Values, Social Commentary

As infants we learn how to react to certain situations through our observations and experiences. Our parents set an example for us. We first learn by imitating what we see. The monster was infant-like when he was created. The monster was abandoned by Victor and left to fend for himself. He knew nothing and had nobody to teach him. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, the monster possesses morals and values; however, society drives him to become a monster.

The monster is created a truly innocent creature with no malice towards anyone. Man appears advanced to him and he wants to mimic this. He truly craves to be human and live among society. The monster displays his morals when he stole, "a part of their store for [his] own consumption, but when [he] found that in doing this [he] inflicted pain on the cottagers, [he] abstained and satisfied [himself] with berries, nuts, and roots." Guilt overcomes the monster when he realizes he has hurt the cottagers . This situation teaches the monster emotions. He tries to mimic the cottager's emotions. The monster professes his feelings of connection to the cottagers when they are happy, for "The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to [him]; when they were unhappy, [he] felt depressed; when they rejoiced, [he] sympathized in their joys." The monster had nothing to survive look at the cottagers for every thing. The unknowing cottagers are taking the place of Victor. The monster learns and lives emotionally with the cottagers.

Through society's mistreatment and ridicule of the monster, he becomes vicious and filled with hatred. The monster's inherently peaceful manner only turns vicious upon being treated viciously. The monster demonstrates his morality by stating that he "had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn." The monster desired acceptance, until he realized that they rejected him. The monster is inherently good but is driven into madness. The fact that his "heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine", emphasizes the monster's despair due to his rejection by...

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Date:   12/22/2004

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