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Jessika Meza
Professor Ogbara
English 1A
26 October 2015
The True Monster
In Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein the monster proclaims that, I had admired the
perfect forms of my cottagerstheir grace, beauty, and delicate complexions: but how was I
terrified, when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! At first I started back, unable to believe
that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I
was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensation of despondence and
mortification. Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity (78).
The passage in Mary Shelleys novel captures the monsters struggle to reconcile his
outer appearance with his deep desire to be accepted and have meaningful relationships in
society. However, the creator, Victor Frankenstein, is at fault for monsters confusion for his
purpose on earth and madness he has caused by seeking revenge for creator. Shelley indicates
that the monster is capable of perceiving beauty, by recognizing he has admired every task and
interaction performed by his neighbors. For a period of time, the monster has studied their every
move and gesture. He deeply craves to be treated as a normal human being that is able to civilize
with fellow neighbors, but the monster is afraid. It is ironic that a monster like him is terrified
of anything. A monster should not fear anything or anyone, but the monster shows he fears being
rejected, but desperately wishes to be wanted. He shows human emotions which is indicates he is
not a typical villain that is always a cold hearted monster. The monster tries to learn the human
language to overcome his deformity, repulsive looking monster. Hoping that his appearance
will be set aside if his knowledge showed others he was different. He has determined to show

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others he has qualities of a good citizen, but it back fires on him because his fear of rejection will
soon come true. He has come face to face with his reflection to realize his true identity, as the
horrifying monster everyone has shown he is by running away with screams for help. His is selfconscious of his physical appearance and comes to conclusion why he is alienated from society.
In the novel the author repetitively mentions the text of Paradise Lost to point out the imbalance
between gods accomplishments and Victors errors. The monster compares and contrasts his life
to the bible story of Adam and Eve. Eve is captured to be someone with great beauty and
monster is constantly reminded of his creators intentions to make him unattractive. The monster
compares himself to creations of god and questions why he wasnt created as a beautiful
creature, like Eve. He was filled with hopelessness and unhappiness to accept him-self as the
monster his creator made him to be. He is held back from his desires because his personality
didnt match his appearance. The monster assured him-self of the monster in the mirror and
assured others they would see the horrors of his interior emotions as fatal effects. The monster
seeks revenge for his creator for depriving him of happiness. The monster believes his creator
was selfish and inconsiderate to his needs to be a part of society, desires to have human
interactions, and have a companion to be affectionate to. Although the monster has learned to be
gentle and aspires to be part of human interactions, society will never see him to be normal or
human because he is hideous monstrous appearance.