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This is a paper I wrote for my English class about the book Frankenstein and how the theme in the book is Love.

Submitted: December 08, 2012

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Submitted: December 08, 2012




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Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein portrays a monster that kills and hurts his creator because his creator abandoned him when the monster needed him the most. Everyone in this world has the need to feel love; the monster felt no such thing.

“But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing. From my earliest remembrance I had been as I then was in height and proportion. I had never yet seen a being resembling me or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I? The question again recurred, to be answered only with groans.”(Shelley, 1818)

The monster had no clue as to why he never had love in his short life. He starts questioning how he was brought up and how he never had a mother or father to take care of him. His creator left him, so Frankenstein’s monster never knew what love was. He had to learn the different roles of a family based on watching Felix’s family.

Frankenstein’s monster recalls being the same height and proportion since he first came into existence. He never was a baby that grew into a man; he simply came to be. Ugly, scared and out of size: all of these qualities describes what the monsters exterior was. His looks dictated how people treated him.

The theme throughout Shelley’s book is how humans all need love in their life. Taken from another literary paper about Frankenstein, it makes sense why the monster felt so lonely. There was only one of him and everywhere he watched, people had partners. (cite)

“Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” (cite from frankenstein) Frankenstein’s monster questioned his existent. He had no idea why he was living if no one could love him. He had a heart of gold that no one bothered to see because they judged him from the very start.

Why did Frankenstein leave his monster when his monster needed him the most? Even Frankenstein couldn’t see past the monster’s ugliness to show him compassion.

Obviously, Frankenstein’s monster knows he is unlike from a normal human being. While he watches his protectors, he can tell just by looking at them at how different they are from him. Why did Frankenstein create something that has no resemblance to humans? I don’t think that Frankenstein realized that his monster would grow to have feelings, because if he did, he would have known how much of an outcast his monster is.  No one had tried talking to the monster. He didn’t know what friendship felt like. He was literally on the outside looking in.

Everything he learned was from his protectors. He didn’t learn about family, love, friendship or life from his creator. As he is watching these people, the monster starts to question more and more about his existence and why he is so different. If Frankenstein did create something that actually looked like a human being, maybe he wouldn’t have just left him to fend for himself.

I think that all the killings could tie down to love. The monster was so furious with Frankenstein that he created him so hideous no one could love him. He decided to take vengeance into his own hands and cause the same kind of pain to Frankenstein that he himself was feeling. At the end of the book, we can agree that both Frankenstein and the monster share the same emotion: sorrow.

The passage mention earlier makes me curious about Frankenstein, even though it’s his monster talking. The monster knew that the only person who can answer his questions are Frankenstein. No one else will know except for his creator.

Citation: Shelley, M. (1818). Frankenstein.

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