Marys Concept of Social Evil and Humanization of the Monster

Frankenstein’s Monster with an oversized muscular body, yellow skin, teeth of a pearly whiteness, [yellow] watery eyes, shriveled complexion and straight black lips invoke the image of ferocious cannibal that eats up human beings. In contrast to these visual symbols, the humanly quality of the monster is expressed through behavioral ones. Indeed the behavioral symbols such the monster’s longings for a female monster, its rescue of the peasant girl, its remorse upon the killing of the creator Frankenstein, etc generate the monster in a human fashion. Indeed these two opposing sets of symbols together conjure up a newborn baby with a traditionally horrifying monstrous appearance. Again there is another symbol of the peasant girl that serves as a foil to the monster’s ugly appearance while propounding that the monster himself is as harmless and innocent as the girl is. Behavioral Symbols of Humanization in the Monster’s Character Shelly’s monster is not the conventional evil. … From the very beginning of his existence, the monster has been deserted by his creator because of his horrible appearance. Being abandoned by his creator, he tries to adapt himself to human society. But he realizes that he is doomed because of his ugliness since society is grossly obsessed with his ugly look. Therefore he takes revenge on his creator killing him and his relatives. All of these murders that Frankenstein commits considered as the reflection of the society’s attitude towards him. Also, he murders Victor’s wife and his best friend, only when Victor deceives him by destroying the female monster. Mary’s Conception of Social Evil and Injustice In the novel, Mary advocates that a monster or evil is man’s own creation. The monster also gives what he receives from society. Mary proves that the monster is the reflection of human society’s behavior. Though the Monster often shows generosity and sensitivity, society has denied acknowledging it.