Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein.

Essay by DhrupadHigh School, 12th grade October 2004

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The outward appearance of the monster, who remains nameless, is described by his creator: he is created from various different body parts, he has yellow skin, lustrous eyes, flowing black hair and white teeth, he also has shrivelled complexion and straight black lips. Combine these features with the fact that he is also very tall and the image of a monster is complete.

His appearance turns out to be the cause of all his problems. People are frightened when they see him, which keeps monster from making contact with them. This inability of personal contact and the resulting isolation is what indirectly drives the monster to his crimes.

He tries to communicate with people on several occasions but he keeps on being rejected. He has somewhat lost hope as he takes refuge in the hovel near the Delacey's home. He observes them for months, learning their language and their habits.

It is obvious that he longs for some kindness, protection and company. These dsires even more evident when he reads the diary that Victor kept during his creation. From these papers, the monster learns that Victor was not at all happy with his creation. This makes him feel even more lonely and abhorred.

It is only when is convicted of the DE Lacey's goodness that he decides to try to make contact one more time. His initial talk with old De Lacey is very positive. This is mainly because De Lacey is blind and therefore the monster's appearence cannot lead to any prejudiced ideas. The other family members return unexpectedly, however, and the monster is beaten out the house. He still refuses to think evil of them and blames himself for being discovered. It is only when he finds out that the family out of fear has permanently left the...