Essay about The Rise and Demise of Frankenstein

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The Rise and Demise of an Innocent
The protagonist of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, is not the infamous doctor, but the monster he created. The monster is the most dynamic character in this novel. His true nature and personality is not fixed but instead volatile. His experiences shape him into a different creature during every different encounter with his creator. His initial character and personality is twisted and fouled to create an atrocity. The monster is first an innocent and harmless creature, then he transforms into a confident and reasoning but desperate being, and finally he devolves into wretched and evil creature.
At the moment of his creation, the monster is like a child. He is confused, but free from any knowledge of evil. He
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The constant betrayal of humans pushes him over the edge and corrupts his character. Though he has committed no crime, he was judged and condemned to be alone and miserable forever. His desperation is worsened by the event in which he rescued a young girl from. Instead of being grateful, the girl’s father shoots him. Because of factors outside of his control, the monster’s character devolves into a bitterness and loneliness.
Eventually the monster concludes that no human being will ever accept him because of his horrific appearance. He concludes that the only person who could be his companion is a female like him. When he asks Victor to construct this partner, Victor refuses, but he responds with the cause of his agony. “’I am malicious because I am miserable; am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?”’ (Shelley 267). The monster no longer has the mind of a child. He can reason and is confident enough to order his creator to build him a female. He is desperate because he has experienced constant hatred and assault from the human race. Even Victor, his creator and only parent, rejects him and seeks to destroy him. The monster’s violent responses are at the very least understandable if not justified, since he is a product of his environment.
The monster eventually devolves into a state of pure animosity and brutality. The

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