Frankenstein Passage Explication



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“ Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.” (Chapter 15)

Here the monster discovers that his very own creator; Frankenstein, is disgusted by his existence, which increases the monster’s devastation towards the fact that his desire to be among society is an impossible aspiration. He feels self pity towards himself which evokes a sense of sympathy in the readers. It also gives a glimpse into the lack of compassion that Frankenstein has for his creation. Initially the monster believed that, though everyone he has encountered found him repulsive, that his own creator will nurture him. Similar to the way a murderer is only loved by their mother. It is when Victor reveres from him does the monster completely comprehend his forsaken destiny. Finally, as the monster realizes this, he is abashed and develops that the solution to his isolation is for Frankenstein to make him a creature just as ghastly.  The monster describes himself as more loathed and detested than Satan due to his lack of companionship. Though it is argued that the monster posses more humanity than humans themselves since the monster’s one wish it to be accepted and loved. God made man in his own image, beautiful and alluring, whereas Frankenstein made the monster horrid and hideous.  This depicts the idea that Frankenstein made the monster out of self glory and then shows how Frankenstein views himself: horrid and hideous. Humans apply their self worth into their work. For example, an individual who is content and untroubled produces bright and beautiful creations. An individual who is unsettled and disturbed fabricates horrible and dysfunctional  creations. It is a part of the human condition to possess the dark desire to  observe misery. When an individual is in dismay or desolation, many others find satisfaction in themselves when compared to the abhorred individual. A human’s worst fear is to be rejected from society  and even if that is the case; the knowledge that their family loves them is comforting. It is when individuals discover their inherent loneliness do they take drastic measures to solve it; forcing other’s love upon them or seeking other individuals just as desolated. God or “the creator”is often blamed when an individual experiences trouble or exile, though if one is constitutionally good by nature then they are destined for acceptance. Yet, due to the surface level judgement of society,many remain loathed by humanity. 


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3 thoughts on “Frankenstein Passage Explication

  1. Dear Liza,
    I am greatly overjoyed at your choice of focusing your blog post on a quote that we had also looked at in class, for you have opened a gateway to greater analysis for myself. While the words of The Monster were being dissected, you would eventually use your interpretation of the quote in order to further delve into Victor Frankenstein’s character, and by extension, human nature in and of itself. After listening to all the ideas presented in class on this quote, your unconventional idea was really able to spark further analysis on this quote; this was one of those few moments where I would read something dark, yet so undeniably true about human nature!

    Reading your notion of the human tendency to uplift oneself through observation of the misery of those around the individual, I found myself in instant agreement; often, when one endures a declining self-worth in their own eyes, the person may feel better on their situation upon seeing another person who is facing a worse condition. You also connected the nature to the predicament between The Monster and Victor Frankenstein, which proved to be solid evidence of your notion. Your final few sentences would hammer the entirety of your most wonderful explication into my head. It was in those final few sentences where I felt this strange sort of flow, connecting from one thought to another; it was bliss. Your erudition culminated with the final sentence, the sentence that would wholly wrap your piece together, and it was that final sentence that gave me the final sense of closure within your explication. You’re truly a marvelous thinker!

    In terms of adding to the magnificence of this piece, I would like to see how this piece would look if it were divided into paragraphs; paragraphs often develop the sense of structure of the piece, for otherwise, the reader may feel that the piece sticks to one idea the entire way through. Reading your piece, I feel that the usage of short sentences would strengthen your piece. Often, it’s the shortest sentences that leave the reader breathless (which I find to be ironic).

    Your piece opened my mind up to the darker parts of human nature, and for that, I am grateful. It’s quite difficult to further develop one’s own thinking to a higher level, and for me, it was the writing of my own classmates that would help me climb higher! You possess great talent in the art of analysis, and by offering your ideas to the AP class through your writing and your speaking, you present us with an invaluable gift which may be used to expand one’s own knowledge.


  2. Dear Rehman,

    I agree with Ms. Hunnisett, your comments are spectacular! Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. I sincerely appreciate you adding to my analysis and giving it the validation it needed to be more introspective. You’ve really helped me see my analysis from a different perspective!

    Much love,


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