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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein. People have the ability to be very cruel, and they are cruel towards those who are different. Their act may be subtle or blatant, against one or two peers or an entire group. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the creature was subjected to cruelty in many sizes. He was shunned by a family that he had observed and learned from, Frankenstein was cold towards the monster during their first meeting where they were able to converse, and Frankenstein did not keep the promise he had made the monster. In the "real" world, incidences have occurred involving school violence, peace talks between groups and countries, and promises between friends. One of the first cruel acts against the monster moved him quite a bit. The creature spent many months in a hovel, watching a family carry about their daily lives. He learned how to speak and carry out many tasks. One thing he observed was the kindness of the members of the family towards each other and he hopes that they will be kind to him when he reveals himself. He described his feelings. "This trait of kindness moved me sensibly. ...read more.


The situations are similar because both the creature and the boys were kind, but were shunned and felt or took out their anger on others. The next incident in the creature's life was his first encounter with Frankenstein, his creator, which involved speech. Frankenstein, who was horrified and angry that he had created a beast, said, "Devil, do you dare approach me? and do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! and, oh! that I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!"(p. 68.) Frankenstein new little about the creature's life during the time he had not seen him, but assumed that he was completely evil, and proceeded to insult and degrade him. He continued, "Abhorred monster! fiend that thou art! the tortures of hell are too mild a vengeance for thy crimes. Wretched devil! you reproach me with your creation; come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed."(p. 68.) And once again, he does not listen to the monster and continues his tirade. ...read more.


Promises can involve important information that one has trusted another with. If a one breaks such a promise, the friend they made it with may become angry. It is cruel to break important promises to those people know well or not at all. It also does not help maintain their character. What Frankenstein did was cruel because the monster's well being depended on it. The creature was rejected by a family he counted on and was twice subjected to cruelties from his creator, and all the incidences varied in levels of cruelty. School violence, cold receptions at peace talks, and broken promises between friends are also cruelties, also on small or large degrees. The incidences built up the anger in the creature and caused him to show cruelty to others by hurting their lives or killing them. Since he had seen more cruelty than kindness in his short life, and his strength was his body, he practiced what he was taught. This is disturbing since the creature's short life can be compared to that of a young child. If the same cruelties are shown to a child that is different, he or she might try to hurt themselves or others out of anger. In most cases of cruelty, someone involved finds another to be different, and is cruel to them. ...read more.

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