Almost vulnerable and sweet. It makes a reader
Almost every child has that inner monster when their mother says no to something they want, whether it’s a new toy or food. In the gothic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, creates a monstrous creature in a experiment similar to that of a child not getting something they want. Dr.Victor Frankenstein, a young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother during childbirth, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. His obsession leads to creating a monster assembled from various body parts and chemicals. The monster stands at eight feet tall, but holds the mentality of a newborn baby. When Victor abandons his creation, the monster is confused, he tries to integrate himself into society. Throughout the novel, readers are able to watch the “monster” development from an infant form with discussions about is first sensory perceptions, beginning to understand words to an entire language, as well as the ability to read. He even listens to conversations between other families and he reads books that teach him about the world. The monster is similar to that of a child because not only does he try to find himself in society but he learns new things everyday and looks up to his creator. A child grows up most likely in a public school with other children around their age. They grow mentally, physically and emotionally with them and they often find themselves but it is a struggle. The monster is struggling like a child would, question their purpose on earth and the meaning of it. He questions “Who was I?…What was my destination?” (Shelley 152) and explains “These questions (occurred often), but I was unable to solve them.” (Shelley 152). The monster is unsure of who he is and questions it constantly, he cannot seem to find his purpose in life. Since he is very child-like, one may feel sympathy towards him. Despite the evil within him he seems beyond innocent, making him vulnerable and sweet. It makes a reader sympathize with him and change their perspective of him as this evil creature to a lost and scared creature. The monster even goes as far as expressing “Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind?” (Shelley 174), this displays how he feels unconnected to the society he lives in. He is struggling to “fit into” the world around him. He is exremely fragile to how people view him just like a child would if another child didn’t want to play with them, or share a toy. The way a parent or caretaker would feel towards their child in any sort of distress is how a reader may feel towards The Monster. Most children are reading by the age of six or seven, expected to be writing their name by five or six. The Monster has no knowledge of the language spoken around him, how to read or write in it nevermind speak it. Just like children, he has to start by observing the people around him. Unsure of the language around him, he states “I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings to one another by articulate sounds speaking.” (Shelly 130). When a child is about one, they begin to grasp the language spoken around them, and just like The Monster who can’t understand them he has to learn by observing. He describes their language as “articulate sounds” because to him they are just mumbles similar to what a child would hear in its earlier stages of development. He also comments on the emotions they sounds brings, “I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers.” (Shelley 130) here he is able to connect the sounds he’s hearing and the effects they have upon people. His perception of language spoken around him and his ability to understand him makes a reader able to sympathize with him and take their own perception of him being a monster, to more childlike. When a child is stripped away from their parents, they lose touch within themselves, they may often blame themselves and question why their parents aren’t with them. Frankenstein had walked away from The Monster once he realized what he created. This mentally destroyed The Monster because he wasn’t sure as to why his creator had left him. On his journey of reading books and trying to educate himself he happened to indulge in the story of adam and eve. He begins to wonder, “I remembered Adam’s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him.” (Shelley 156), he feels a sense of loss because his creator has left him. His mind is like any four year olds mind when they lose their parents in their store, or spend a night elsewhere, they may have abandonment issues. The Monster feels bitterness because his creator didn’t take the time to appreciate him, or talk to him, get to know him but just simply left him. A child dreams to be just like their mother and father, to grow mentally and physically like them. This as well can change the perspective of being a monster, to begin childlike.