The beast rose from the table. He looked at the animal whom he had actually produced, then fled in fear. He escaped because the beast looked absolutely nothing like anything he had ever seen prior to; it was monstrous and utterly scary.
He thought it would hurt him as monsters are commonly represented to do. What would any human carry out in a circumstance like that? Prejudice is not an emotion in itself; it is an offshoot of fear. He feared the beast, which is why he acted out of bias and evaluated the beast simply based on its look. Prejudice is an opinion formed in advance or without knowledge based typically on physical appearance.
In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, readers typically ask who the real monster is. Is it the beast himself for looking like a beast and killing numerous innocent individuals? Or is it Victor for producing such a horrible monster? The response is neither. When taken a look at carefully, it ends up being clear that the genuine beast in Mary Shelley’s novel is prejudice. Since of bias, Victor is terrified of his own development and disowns the monster. Due to the fact that of bias, everybody is terrified of the monster and never ever even offers him an opportunity to get to know them simply since of the method he looks. Since of bias, the beast eliminates his first victim.
The bias versus the beast is so great that it even encourages the monster himself that he is a beast and is not worthy of life. There are no characters in Frankenstein that are genuinely beasts; the only real monster is the prejudice instilled in these characters who do bad things. Victor Frankenstein produced the beast with great intents. In fact, he “had desired it with an ardour that far went beyond moderation …” (Shelley 43). When the beast awoke, Victor feared his own creation. Victor prejudges his production since he fears what it can and flees.
Victor expresses his fear of his development when he states, “… today that I had actually finished, the beauty of the dream disappeared, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Not able to endure the element of the being I had actually created, I rushed out of the room …” (Shelley 43). Victor thought that the monster would be beautiful and incredible, but upon seeing that the monster did not turn out the way he had expected it to, Victor becomes scared and acts out of bias, leaving the room. After Victor leaves the space and retreats to his bed chamber, he wakes up from his sleep and sees the beast.
Victor automatically becomes frightened and runs away the room, thinking that the monster would damage him. Keep in mind, bias is a viewpoint formed beforehand or without understanding based often on physical appearance. Victor’s prejudice appears when he says: I beheld the wretch- the miserable beast whom I had actually produced. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he murmured some inarticulate sounds, while a smile wrinkled his cheeks. He may have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, appearing to apprehend me, however I left and rushed downstairs (Shelley 44).
Simply the words that Victor utilizes to explain the monster, whom he does not even understand, are dreadful! Victor calls the monster “rascal” and calls his mouth “jaws” as if the beast is some kind of animal. The beast even attempts to speak with Victor, however Victor does not listen to what the monster needs to state since Victor becomes afraid of the beast based only on the way he looks. This is a clear example of bias. The monster reaches out an arm and, unknowing of what the monster will even do, Victor assumes that the beast is attempting to “apprehend” him, but he “escaped and rushed downstairs”.
Certainly, Victor’s behaviour is not commendable; however, his actions are an outcome of his prejudice alone. Not just does Victor prejudge the monster only based on the way he looks, everyone the monster satisfies prejudges him and is scared of him. In the beasts initially encounter with a guy, the guy “switched on hearing a noise, and viewing [the monster], he shrieked loudly, and stopping the hut, stumbled upon the fields with a speed of which his debilitated kind hardly appeared capable” (Shelley 93).
The man sees the monster and, without saying a word, immediately pre judges the monster to be dangerous based just on the way he looks then” [runs] throughout the fields with a speed of which his debilitated kind hardly appear [s] capable”. The man did not seem a bad man. In truth, his breakfast “included bread, cheese, milk …” (Shelley 93) much like any other normal guy. This man is not a beast for dealing with the monster inadequately, it is clearly the prejudice instilled in him when he is overcome by fear that makes him flee from the monster.
Upon the beasts 2nd encounter with a human, he enters a house and sees a family who also prejudges him based just on the way he looks. The monster “had hardly positioned [his] foot within the door prior to the children screamed, and one of the women fainted” (Shelley 94). The people do not even give the beast an opportunity to speak. They do not even have the slightest idea what his character is like. However, they prejudge him and instantly assume that he is a damaging person based just en route he looks.
A few of the villagers even “attacked [the monster], until, grievously bruised by stones and numerous other sort of rocket weapons, [the beast] got away to the open nation …” (Shelley 94). Certainly, the people of the village do appear like beasts, assaulting the monster and striking him with stones. But, the villagers are not the real beasts. They are just terrified for the lives of their families, so they act out of bias and without even providing the monster a possibility to present himself, they chase him away unwilling to offer him a possibility due to the fact that they do not trust someone who is so dreadful looking.
It is clear here that it is solely the prejudice in them and absolutely nothing else that makes them drive the monster out of the town. Upon his 3rd encounter with humans, the beast is residing in a hovel that is joined to a cottage. Through a hole the beast sees the inside of the home and learns more about the family that consisted of: a blind dad, an unhappy boy, and a sweet innocent daughter. The monster ends up being attached to the family and “when they were unhappy, [the monster] felt depressed; when they rejoiced, [the beast] had compassion in their delights” (Shelley 100).
The monster does everything he can to help the household out while staying hidden. In truth” [the monster] frequently took [the son’s] tools, making use of which [the beast] quickly found, and brought house firing sufficient for the consumption of numerous days” (Shelley 99). The household was really happy about this, and “when [the child] opened the door in the morning, appeared considerably amazed on seeing an excellent pile of wood on the outside” (Shelley 99). Had the household learnt that it had been some regular man assisting them out, they would have thanked him and greeted him with happiness.
However, when the family saw the monster, “Agatha fainted, and Safie, not able to address her good friend, rushed out of the home. Felix darted forward and with supernatural force tore [the monster] from his dad …” (Shelley 123). It is plainly apparent here that bias is the genuine beast in Frankenstein. The old male is blind, and upon meeting the monster he does not escape, or faint, or attack the monster. The old guy greets the beast and treats him just as he would treat anybody else. Keep in mind, bias is an opinion formed in advance or without understanding based on look.
The old guy is blind so he could not prejudge based on the monster’s look nevertheless, Agatha, Safie, and Felix all see the monster and prejudge him based upon his appearance alone; hence acting out of bias. The old man could not prejudge, which is why he did not treat the monster badly. Again, it is clearly evident here that the people are not genuinely monsters; it is the bias in them that makes them behave terribly. Throughout the unique, the monster is dealt with inadequately due to the fact that of bias.
Paradoxically, he also eliminates his first victim: William, because of bias. At first sight, the beast says that William was “a stunning child, who came running into the recess [the monster] had selected, with all sportiveness of infancy” (Shelley 131). However, upon hearing that the child’s “papa is a syndic- he is M. Frankenstein …” (Shelley 131), the monster “understood [William’s] throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at [the monster’s] feet” (Shelley 131). This clearly reveals the beast’s actions are a result of his bias towards his creator.
Due to the fact that he learns that the William’s daddy is M. Frankenstein, he prejudges William to be just like Victor Frankenstein- the beast’s creator, and takes William’s innocent life. The prejudice against the beast is so terrific, that it convinces even the monster himself, that he is a monster! The beast’s creator, Victor, is prejudice towards him. The household the monster loves and looks after greatly is also prejudice towards him. Every single human besides the blind man who might not be prejudice, is bias towards the beast!
Even a pure innocent child like William is bias towards the monster! It is definitely clear through all of these examples, that prejudice is the real beast in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Bias is still evident in today’s world, with major concerns such as racism, as well as events in the past such as the Holocaust. In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley cautions readers about prejudice, and it is important that people are not bias in their lives today so that all catastrophe can be prevented.