In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley shows us Victor FrankensteinÃÂs creature as a monster. He is hideous, violent, and terrifying. He torments his creator. He steals and murders. Appearing monstrous, he is rejected by his creator and all of society. However, William Godwin, ShelleyÃÂs father, offers another perspective in his book, Political Justice, when he observes that solitude is,The bitterest torment that human ingenuity can inflictÃÂ Solitude, absolutely considered, may instigate us to serve ourselves, but not to serve our neighbours. Solitude, imposed under too few limitations, may be a nursery for madmen and idiots, but not for useful members of society. (251-2)Like an ostracized human, VictorÃÂs creation was not ÃÂbornÃÂ a monster. Rather, societyÃÂs unremitting hatred and rejection transform him from human to monster.
In the creatureÃÂs first moments of life, he is innocent, only a baby, psychologically and emotionally. The first thing the creature sees is Victor, his ÃÂparent.ÃÂ
He wants Victor to touch him and love him. However, the creatureÃÂs yellow skin, watery eyes, and black lips horrify Victor. When he sees the creature standing over his bed, reaching out a hand to seek comfort, Victor imagines that the creatures means to ÃÂdetain himÃÂ (86). He flees, thinking that he has ÃÂescapedÃÂ (86) from a murderous beast. In fact, he has only upset and confused an innocent creature. Rejected by his father, disturbed, and dejected, the creature runs off into a world he does not know.
In this miserable state, the creature must learn to survive. He learns to eat, drink, and clothe himself, even to use fire. Soon, however, he grows lonely again. Entering a village, he is met with the same abhorrence that his creator showed him. The villagers attack him and drive him out of town, forcing him to take refuge in a wretched hovel.