• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparing the treatment of outsiders in: Frankenstein – Mary Shelley and, The Outsiders – S.E. Hilton

Extracts from this document...


Comparing the treatment of outsiders in: - Frankenstein - Mary Shelley and, - The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton This essay will compare the treatment of outsiders in the two books, The Outsiders and Frankenstein. In both of these books, outsiders play a very important role. An outsider is somebody who is rejected from society or somebody different to somebody else. In both books these outsiders are rejected or not accepted into society. In The Outsiders, the outsiders are a gang called "the greasers" and in Frankenstein the outsiders are Frankenstein and the monster. The monster is an outsider, not because of what he is personally like, but because of his disturbing physical features. People immediately reject the monster because of his physical features and don't even dare to get to know him properly, and nobody is prepared to be his friend. In the book, the monster said, "I was dependant on no-one and reliant on no-one". This proved that the monster had no friends and didn't rely on anyone to be his friend. Frankenstein could also be categorised as an outsider in the book because he had shut himself away from all civilisation for two years, not speaking to a single person. During these two years, he was creating the monster, which he first intended to be just a normal human being that he had created, and became too involved in his work, preventing him to ever converse with any other human being. ...read more.


In Frankenstein, I felt emotions for Frankenstein when he about to be married to his fianc´┐Że but the monster waits until Frankenstein is gone, and then the monster murders Frankenstein's wife. At this moment, a lot of tension builds up as the wife begins to shriek and wail as she is being murdered. The monster runs away from the dead bride and Frankenstein returns to the room, finding her dead. Frankenstein immediately knew the monster has killed her. Another incident where the reader is meant to feel pity for Frankenstein is when he creates the monster and gives it life. When he created the monster he realised what a vile mutant he had created. When the monster was given life, he was treated very poorly by Frankenstein, which reflected on his future crimes. Frankenstein stated in the book how he felt about his creation by saying, "How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch to whom with such infinitive pains and care I had endeavoured o form?" At this point, Frankenstein is almost feeling sorry for himself as he is so depressed about putting time and effort into a creation which took him two years to create, and it ended up as a catastrophe. ...read more.


started to intimidate them first. The obvious difference is that the language used in Frankenstein is far more complex because it was written so long ago. Frankenstein is aimed at an audience of greater intelligence, whereas The Outsiders uses a very laid-back language. The common usage of slang makes the book more authentic to the 1950s America, but is aimed at an audience of a lesser extent of knowledge. Personally, I found Frankenstein more interesting as it has a far more exciting story line than The Outsiders as it's story line is far more 'moving' and the emotions expressed by the author affect the reader well, whereas in The Outsiders, I didn't really find the story line all that compelling and thought that the American slang made it authentic but ran very thin and lost it's originality after a short period. I felt that both books had a fair amount of originality, but Frankenstein's originality was far greater than The Outsiders. I would only criticize Frankenstein because some of the language used was a little too complex for me. The Outsiders provided simple, 'easy-to-understand' language, which allowed the reader to comprehend the story. I thought that, despite the slightly difficult language used in Frankenstein, I believe that Frankenstein had a far greater ethical background which allowed the story to have several ethical meanings, as well as the good story line surrounding the messages. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Sharifi 11-8 27/11/02 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Examine the complex story of Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein.

    But when it is brought to life, its appearance horrifies him. Victor then goes to the next room and tries to sleep, but is awoken by a dreadful dream about his late mother and Elizabeth. He wakes up to find the monster towering above his bed, Victor rushes out of the house and spend the night in the courtyard below.

  2. Compare The Treatment Of Outsiders In Frankenstein - Mary Shelley and The Outsiders - ...

    He becomes more of an outsider when the monster kills his brother, wife and best friend. By doing this the monster is showing Frankenstein what problems he has and turns Frankenstein into an outsider. This makes Frankenstein want to die.

  1. Compare the Creation Scene in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein and Kenneth Brannagh's 1994 Frankenstein

    As Frankenstein closes the lid to the vat there is a hiss of steam as the seal is closed, this will create tension as it shows the monster is trapped and 'caged'. After this we see the monster covered in amniotic fluid, which Frankenstein had collected, this would probably cause

  2. Compare the theme of outsiders in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Daz 4 Zoe ...

    divide and provides a tense ending, which leads to their escape Frankenstein, explores of the mysterious fears of human nature and of how a man destroys his family and friends through the careless creation of a 'superhuman.' A project, which initially would be very successful and break the boundaries of science.

  1. Frankenstein - Compare the opening sequences of Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' filmed by James ...

    One effect that was especially impressive was a black and white crowd scene. Spielberg is very clever and draws our eyes to one particular girl in the crowd by giving her a muted red overcoat. That is the only colour depiction in the whole scene so it attracts the viewer's attention.

  2. Hero Representation in Frankenstein

    Thus, it seems that the awakening of the monster represents the expression of his repressed desires, including his longing to satisfy his mother's wishes for his and Elizabeth's union. Here, the reader gets a broader view of Victor's character´┐Żone that involves consideration of his loved ones.

  1. How is Frankenstein a critique of the society Mary Shelley lived in, and what ...

    He is not "the norm", and is undoubtedly ugly to look at, but that does not make him a bad person. Shelley manages to show this in such a way that the reader feels sorry for the monster, but we can see that it is something that is unlikely to

  2. Compare The Roles As Outsiders Of The Monster Of Frankenstein and Boo Radley In ...

    the possibility of creating beings. The two characters are similar, as they are both outsiders. They have more than one thing in common however. They are both misunderstood by society. Boo Radley is thought of as a 'malevolent phantom', when he is actually an innocent man, forced to stay in the house by his cruel father.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work