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Discuss Shelleys presentation of the creation as an outsider in Frankenstein

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Discuss Shelley's presentation of 'the creation' as an outsider in Frankenstein In society, an outsider is banished or exiled from the norm. This is due to certain aspects of the person which are abnormal. It can be appearance, personality or certain abilities that make them separate from humanity. People within civilization, though they may not know it, need outsiders to feel secure in their hierarchy. Uniting in prejudice against an outsider helps support the balance within the hierarchy. This is why they need outsiders to function accordingly. Frankenstein's creation is an excellent example of this. The era Mary Shelley lived in was on a brink of a huge revolutionary movement called the Romantic. This period in time had an increasing interest in the nature and the thirst for knowledge. Mary Shelley also gives examples in the growing awareness of scenery and how the correct type of scenery can create a gothic atmosphere. She uses an isolated laboratory for the building place of the creation 'the dissecting room and the slaughter house furnished many of my materials', a bleak hut for the hiding place of the creation 'and the death of William is in a wood. None of these places that involve the creation would help him understand the notion of love, care and security. ...read more.


Shelley begins to use more powerful images of scenery as she explores the growing interest in nature. He is soon brought back to reality when the creation is born. Not the sort of environment the birth of life would usually be. This links back to the creation being an outsider even from birth. Being rejected by his creator eventually leads the creation to be rejected by society. The creation, with no food or shelter, then flees the town of which he was first brought to life and takes refuge in an outbuilding of a hovel owned by the De Lacey family. This links back to the notion of the outsider as the family's home is far from the town. He learns how to speak by listening by the children being tutored and he also learns good manners and some understanding of right and wrong. He stays in the outbuilding for some time before deciding that he has learnt enough from the family to have a civilised introduction to the blind man. The creation is left alone and lost. He seeks revenge on Frankenstein and comes across his younger brother William and accidentally murders him, as he is not aware of his own strength. ...read more.


Victor agrees to make the new creation but then destroys her, an act that would have ultimately eased the creations solitude. This is a selfish act from Frankenstein. He could have ended the creations emotional rampage but is too worried about him getting discovered. Creating and keeping more secrets makes Frankenstein even more of an outsider. The creation and Frankenstein are now doppelgangers. The creation only mirrors the acts of Victor, as he knows nothing else. So, as the creation killed William, Frankenstein let Justine be killed. It is at the point where neither of them can live if the other does. At first impressions, it would seem that the creation was the monster. He has an ugly visage, superman human strength and a grotesque body, 'His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles'. Shelley reflects the interest of science upon the creation. Nevertheless, the creation has a kind heart and only wished to be loved as any human does. In the end, it would appear Frankenstein is the outsider. From playing God and putting nature against nurture, he has ruined his life and ended those special to him unjustly. In conclusion, the creation did not make Frankenstein an outsider, but himself. Mary Shelley successfully made the creation an ultimate outsider. ...read more.

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