In the novel ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley Portrays a Monster. The viewof the monster is hideous. In the beginning he was childlike, kind andhelpful but with the time he gains knowledge he becomes miserable.Mary Shelley writes about the monster to express her views aboutknowledge and the changes it can bring.
In the 19th century with the industrial revolution there were negativeeffects. At the time there was a lot of development in Science andtechnology causing people unsettled. The people died because diseasesspread. When people felt unsettled they wanted to know why are thesechanges happening so, they turned towards religion or thesupernatural. That’s why stories about supernatural became popular.‘Frankenstein’ is one of the typical examples of that time whichportrays the effects of these changes.
As we read more we get to know that Victor Frankenstein described themonster when he first came alive. The monster was ‘hideous’ with his‘yellow eyes’, ‘pearly white teeth’ and ‘scarcely skin’. Here Shelleywants us, as readers, to be repulsed by what we see. She wants us toknow that knowledge is dangerous: the monster is a symbol of Victor’sknowledge to the monster by running away. This Quote “I rushed of theroom, and continued a long time transversing my bedchamber”, showsthat Victor is distressed by his creation.
As we readed more we observed that the monster is described asChildlike, for example, when he came across the fire and was excitedby it’s ‘warmth’. Here Shelley is telling us that the monster hasstarted to feel his senses. He is naive and we feel sorry for him.Mary Shelley then introduces the monster as a narrator because shewanted us to know the truth, in …
… the girl’s friend injured him becausehe thought that the monster is hearting her. The monster remained inSwitzerland with his pain and agony for a couple of days. Then hereached Geneva after all. We feel that the knowledge has turned themonster into an Evil. Mary Shelley wants us to know that knowledge canbe dangerous and can lead to the lowest dejection; if somebody knows alot about everything he can become unsatisfied.
In my conclusion I would say that the monster changes as he gainsknowledge. In the beginning he was kind and helpful, but becamedangerous and horrible as he gained knowledge. Mary Shelley describesabout the monster to create an image of those circumstance in ourhead. She also tells us that knowledge can be dangerous. We feel thatthe monster was innocent and Victor Frankenstein is responsible foreverything that has happened.