Frankenstein: To what extent do you agree with the view that the humans in Frankenstein are more monstrous than the ‘Monster’?

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  • To what extent do you agree with the view that the humans in Frankenstein are more monstrous than the ‘Monster’?
    • It is evident that humans are more monstrous in regards to Frankenstein as he is a human who has created therefore appearing more monstrous and also the harsh treatment of Victor without evidence and lab
      • Predominantly females are the characters that are the LEAST monstrous at all
      • Justine not monstrous – ‘who would credit that Justine Moritz, who was so amiable and fond of all the family, could suddenly become capable of so frightful, so appalling a crime.’ INNOCENCE.
      • Elizabeth – passive
      • De Lacey’s – lovely and kind until something that challenges them?
    • AGREE
      • Irishmen’s treatment of Frankenstein
      • William – corruption of youth
      • Frankenstein himself
      • The monster possesses more human emotions than Victor; at the beginning of his life the monster is benevolent, passionate and desperately desires companionship. Victor lacks these qualities.
      • ‘men appear to me as monsters thirsting for each other’s blood’
      • Victor eventually realises the monster in himself, he calls himself a ‘wretch’, something he formerly described the monster as
    • Monster brings out ‘monster’ in humans – De Laceys judgement on appearance – rejecting despite eloquent speech. But monster brings out the lack of human qualities within Frankenstein.
    • If the monster is more monstrous than humans, how did he learn it? Freud’s theory that we learn morals from parents and social influences. The monster learnt his behaviour from the De Laceys and Victor’s reaction to his creation. ‘The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds.’
    • Conclude both arguments and agree that human appear to be more monstrous than the monster himself as it is them who exclude him from society as he is not given a name assures the reader of his status in the community.


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