The Benevolence of Frankestein's Monster Essay

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After his creation, Frankenstein’s monster is left in isolation, cursed to endure people’s hatred towards him. This revulsion met by onlookers is merely based on the creature’s hideous looks. The monster is not actually a monster at all. He displays more humanity than many other characters in Frankenstein. The ultimate irony is that the prejudicial belief is what caused the reanimated human to become a monster. In the nature versus nurture debate, proponents of the nature theory believe that a person is unchanging and that one’s experiences do not affect that person’s behavior. If this were true, the monster would not change as a result of his interactions with humans. It is undeniable that the creature does immoral things, but when …show more content…
Since there are no humans in his environment, the monster can forget this and be happy. When the monster saves a little girl from drowning, his action exemplifies his natural instinct to help people in need of assistance. He hears voices causing him to hide from them. His nurturing led him to avoid humans, because he was beaten during his last encounter with people. At this point, he sees a girl playfully skipping suddenly fall into a rapid river. The monster says he “rushed from [his] hiding place” to save the girl (143). This is contrary to his original fear of humans displayed before. He had previously reasoned to keep his distance from the people, but that did not matter during an emergency. The reason he “rushed” to save her was because it was an instinct and did not require reasoning. The monster says “I endeavored, by every means in my power, to restore animation” (143). He tries to everything possible for the little girl because it was his nature to save someone in need. The phrase “restore animation” is used because it is what Frankenstein did to create the monster. Frankenstein’s general attitude towards the monster was one of neglect, so he was not the one that instilled in him the wanting to create life. Since it was from any environmental factors that caused him to do good deeds, his humanity must be a result of his nature. Shelley juxtaposes the good natured monster with a prejudicial man, who without any

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