Explore the Theme of Monstrosity in Frankenstein
1060 words 5 pagesMontrosity is a key in Frankenstein, and it affects both the Creature and Victor, whilst at the same time , Shelley argues that society is monstrous through injustices of the time and the social conventions.
Frankenstein could be said to be the monster himself- when he says “miserable monster” whom “I had created”, we see Shelley implicitly suggest, through the alliterative phrase, that just as “Adam was created in God’s image” so too was the Creature born in the image of Victor. Moreover, the idea that Frankenstein is himself the monster is reinforced by “or rather cell”. “Cell” refers to a prison cell, and is used symbolically to represent the idea that just like a cell is for criminals, who perform acts of monstrousity, so to is …show more content…
By using “Solitude and “ Filthy Workshop of Creation”, Shelley implies that this isolation leads to thoughts of monstrousity- Godwin influecned her argiung it “was a nusery of madmen”.
This separation from society is symbolic too. If Geneva is “Eden”, then by extending against the limits of knowledge-“if no man broke the rules” suggests no remorse- he cut himself off, much like Lucifer in Paradise Lost- and thus, Shelley implies that this inner monster within Frankenstein and all of us, can only be restrained by a balance- whether, male or female, or equal laws. The idea that the monstrousity is within Frankenstein (and therefore us) is suggested by “wildness in his eyes”- he claims the Creature to be “wild”, but if the eyes are “windows to the sould”, Shelley suggests and innate montrosity in him (and us); an “id” that is the carnal desires. This contrasts the idea of the Monster’s “dull eyes”- which challenges the idea that the Creature is the monstrosity- this challenge is the reason why Shelley uses the Chinese Box Narrative- the various “narritve eyes” makes us formulate our own judgement. In fact, the Moster, may be the most human of us all- he “imitates the physiognamy and manners” in the same way that Justine did, yet both are treated unfairly.
This idea of an unfair treatment alludes to Shelley’s belief that monstorusity exists in society- so whilst we can say it was Victor’s nature to be monstorus (and that society placed limits to prevent