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Think Before You Judge - Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

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Introduction

Think Before You Judge In our present day we judge people before we meet them. We believe what we hear, truth or not, to be the true characteristics of the person. People should be more open-minded and not judge people by what they hear, because it may not be true. There are always two or more sides to a story. After meeting the person and forming our own perception of the person, we can make the decision whether to believe what we are told or how we feel about the individual. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the monster's narrative plays an important role in the story. It provides the reader with "the other side of the story". Before the monster's narrative we think of the monster as a mean and cruel individual. After the monster's narrative the reader feels sympathetic for the monster. Victor and the monster have different way of treating people; the monster approaches them with a mature attitude, while Victor's attitude is immature. The narrative also gives the reader insight into the personality of Victor Frankenstein. The monster's narrative makes the reader sympathetic to the way the monster lives. ...read more.

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Victor is the object of perfection; a handsome man with the perfect family. In contrast, the monster is the complete opposite; his appearance is frightful and he lives in solitude. Victor would not stay to observe his creation because he was scared of what he would see. He was terrified because parts of the monster's personality would remind him of himself, since he was the creator. To fulfill his desire for solitude, Victor would leave without telling anyone when or where he was going. The monster has the solitude that Victor craves; yet he longs for a companion. This relationship is ironic because neither character is happy with the life they have. Victor wants the life that the monster has, with complete solitude and not having to deal with anybody. The monster would like what Victor has; people to love him and be his friend. Victor prefers the solitude he has when he is at great distances from his family. He would write to them only when he felt it was utterly necessary. Victor feels afraid and does not want anyone to love him, unlike the monster. ...read more.

Conclusion

Angry with Victor the monster "declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against [Victor] who had formed [him], and sent [him] forth to this insupportable misery"(161). The monster's observations are a method for the monster to learn about the way he should act to become their friend. The way Victor treats people is very immature compared to the monster's method of observation and adaptation. Victor treats people with disrespect. He does not write home for months at a time while he is on his travels. He expects his family to be there for him, but he has no obligation to them. Anyone unfamiliar with Shelley's novel Frankenstein has the idea that the monster kills people at random. In fact, the monster is a very kind and passionate person who only wants to be loved. It is the human nature to judge people by their first impression. We believe what we hear and it is sometimes difficult to change our initial perception. It is important for us to keep an open mind when we hear another person's perception of an individual. The most wonderful person you will ever meet may be the most disliked person by your peers. Frankenstein teaches us an important lesson; look with your own eyes, and think before you judge. ...read more.

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