The Monster in "Frankenstein" Book Review by cee-cee

A discussion on the outward appearance vs. the inner self of the monster in Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein".
# 114713 | 776 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 21, 2009 in Literature (English)

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This paper looks at how Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" conveys the message that we should not judge others by what they appear to be on the outside. The paper focuses on how the outward appearance of the monster in the story is incredibly different from his inner self in that he is physically unattractive but he has good characteristics. The paper relates that Frankenstein's creature never stands a chance because he is initially "good" even though he looks as though he would be "bad." In fact, from the moment he was created, he experiences rejection. He never escapes this torture and finally decides that the only way to find peace is through death. From this example, the paper concludes that it is hardly fair to assess individuals by their appearance.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bloom, Harold. "A Study of Frankenstein: or, The New Prometheus." Partisan Review. 1965. GALE Resource Database. Site Accessed March 08, 2008. <>
  • Johnson, Diane. Frankenstein: Introduction. New York: Bantam Classics, 1981.
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam Classics, 1981.

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