Marry Shelly Frankenstein

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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly includes many lessons that apply not only to life in the seventeenth century, but to the lives we live today. One of the main themes that remain prevalent to today's society is the lesson we learn from the way people react toward the monster. Society has set standards for human existence. Those who don't fall within the boundaries of this criterion are rejected and forced to live a life of solitude. The monster due to his grotesque appearance fell victim this standard from which his loneliness stemmed, on setting his murderous way.

At the start of chapter eleven we find the monster as curious as a young child, enamored with the beauty of the world, every tree, every bird a new discovery. His innocence is enchanting. His struggle to survive in the wilderness alone is heartbreaking. Next one of the most wrenching events he encounters up until now occurs when he excitedly discovers a village, and is met with barbarity.

"The whole village was roused. Some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones...I escaped to the open country..." The reader here is given an opportunity to see that had the villagers taken time to get to know the monster they very well may have enjoyed his personality. However they detested his appearance, causing them to unite in an action that brakes his spirits, and opens his eyes to the injustices man will continue to bestow upon him.

Shortly afer we find the monster spying on the De Lacey family. He enjoys their gentle manner, and wishes to join them, but thinks better of it, remembering the treatment he received from the town people. Instead he chooses to take advantage of their obliviousness to his existence, and indulge in the joy he finds observing...