Frankenstein: Vol. 2, chapters 3-9

The chapters 3-9 cover the monster’s experience with the outer world. Sadly, people are quick to judge others solely based on the appearance. We tend to conform to some universal standards of beauty, and anyone who may not be on a par with it is perceived as strange and is ridiculed. Differences are not often accepted in human society.

The monster isn’t created evil. On the contrary, it demonstrates a high level of sensitivity and compassion. He says,  when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys”. Unfortunately, despite all the good deeds that the monster does to earn human affection, his pleas for help remain unheard. He helps the cottagers with their daily routines, hoping that they would accept him into their small family circle. In return, he gets violently attacked before ever getting a chance to introduce himself. Then, he saves the life of a girl who is about to drown, and is rewarded with a bullet. How is this fair? The monster is not really to be blamed for turning malevolent. Humans’ behavior towards him leaves him no option! He desperately wants to make friendships, but no, humans are superficial and prejudiced. The world can’t see passed the obvious physical deformity of the Frankenstein’s creation, and this ultimately leads to the monster’s evil nature.

The monster reading Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and comparing himself to Adam and Satan makes the reader sympathize with him. “Like Adam, I was created apparently united by no link to any other being in existence.”  Just like God creates Adam, Victor creates the monster. Adam and the monster are both very lonely and have a need for a companionship. While God does create a mate for Adam, Frankenstein refuses to do so. frankenstein 3-9

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One response to “Frankenstein: Vol. 2, chapters 3-9

  1. You’re so correct in the way that you universalize humanity’s perceptions of difference. It’s truly a sad comment on the way that we still behave.

    I also agree that the theme in injustice runs deeply throughout this novel. When the creature is shot for his benevolence, it’s such a tragic moment. It’s so unfair!

    I also like what you write about Adam in this post and the previous one. I’m so glad that you’ve shared this with the class, too!

    Excellent work!

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