What it means to be human
???Frankenstein??™ is a powerful novel written by Mary Shelley and now adapted into the play script by Phillip Pullman. The story of a scientist obsessed with creating a ???better??™ kind of being is consumed by his research and has spent many years denying his family and friends to create the perfect-being using his scientific knowledge and with a little lightning he hopes to create an angel-like being composed of human body parts, in contrast he creates an ugly abomination. Frankenstein horrified by what he has created abandons the creature at the last minute because of its hideous deformity believing that it should be beautiful to live leaves the monster to escape and fend for itself in the human world. Throughout the play the Monster quickly develops human characteristics and learn what it means to be a human, Frankenstein himself learns what it means to be human although he looks like a human being outside what??™s inside makes him inhumane as the monster does outside.
The definition of being ???Human??™ is to have what the dictionary describes as ???of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people??? The monster indeed pertains the characteristics and nature of people such as the emotions experienced by humans such as love, despair, rage and revenge. Even though he has the characteristics of a human with limbs, body and a face they have been distorted to an extent which makes him physically ugly and unhuman-like.
Frankenstein??™s creature was created innocent however looked severely deformed his nature was to become good and kind, however society viewed his external monstrous appearance and he was automatically rejected and seen as a monster.
A major turning point for the monster to become ???a monster??™ is when he encounters Agathe a young blind women living in a simple cottage in the forest , They have a quick conversation and the monster convinces Agathe he is a friend
???With one hand he holds her, and with the other he reaches to the table and picks up the apple which he puts in her hands. As she feels it he says it again.
Monster Friend! Friend!??? The monster then begs Agathe for help because of how the society has viewed him and all he has done in return is try to be of good heart to the people.
???Monster men see me, they hurt me-dogs-they shout, they throw stones. But I am good. I want to love them, not hurt, not kill.???
When Felix enter the cottage immediately he sees the monster and thinks he is danger because of what he has heard and of course what the monster looks like and shoots him. The monster roars in pain and now has finally given up trying to be of good nature to man-kind.
???Monster Evil Evil ??“ you want evil ??“ Then I shall be evil! I shall be terror and hatred and revenge ??“ revenge!???
The monster now becoming ???a monster??™ is still emotionally human feeling hatred and revenge for himself and for everyone around him. The monster later on in the play confronts his creator Victor Von Frankenstein admitting to the murder of Frankenstein??™s brother. The monster explains to Frankenstein that he is what he is because of him
???Monster I am exactly what you made me, Frankenstein??? referring his now emotional behaviour to match his appearance and also what Frankenstein did to him at the very beginning. He also informs Frankenstein that he has also learnt to speak and understand at a adult human level which shows his very-like humanness.
As much as the Monster is a monster he is the victim of this story being made, and left alone to learn what it means to be human in a harsh society where he is tormented by the community and all he tries to do is be nice and yet he is scorned upon and provoked to become a monster and ravage against the society that ravaged upon him.
Victor Von Frankenstein is the man whom created the monster his plan was to create a being more beautiful than mankind but to do this he put his work a head of everything else
???Elizabeth I haven??™t seen you in six months – you haven??™t even asked me why I??™m here.???
???Elizabeth if you want to see your father alive, you??™d better come home tomorrow.???
???Frankenstein Tomorrow! But-???
???Elizabeth But what What??™s more important than that To him, I mean. I can see there??™s plenty more important to you. A son who doesn??™t come when his father??™s dying???
Frankenstein shows in these quotes that he believes that his own work is far more important then his father and shows actions that are far more inhuman than the monsters. Once he had created the monster he had worked so long and hard on, he immediately abandons because of how it looks. Frankenstein shows shallow affection wanting his monster to be beautiful instead of what an abomination it had turned out.
Frankenstein himself was the abomination with the intention to create a being from dead bodies
Although his intention was good the result he wanted was unsuccessful lets the monster get away. Later on when the monster confronts Frankenstein, Frankenstein exclaims that the Monster has betrayed him but there was no trust in the first place between them. The monster responds by calling Frankenstein the betrayer saying that he was the one to do it from the start.
???Monster You are the betrayer ??“ you created me and made sure I could never be happy. Isn??™t that betrayal.???
The monster forcefully persuades Frankenstein to create one more monster as a companion for it and Frankenstein has a dilemma anguishing in thought to create another monster so that the rest of humanity can be safe with the decision to make another it shows that he has learnt regret from his first mistake but now he must make another mistake to weigh them out and save society from the destruction of his own devastation. This makes Frankenstein altruistic to only do this for someone else and for the safety of others and himself.
The characters although physically different yet they are similar mentally, both were aimed to do well at the beginning. Frankenstein??™s bring good to the world with his experiments and the monster contributing him and trying to do good for the world in the end both had failed. Especially for the monster who had just wanted to do good in the world for the humans he would??™ve done anything only to be accepted as one of them however he realises that mankind not only hates the monster but they have hate for each other
???Clerval It??™s my idea to destroy this thing, and I??™ll do it ??“ and if I can, I??™ll destroy you too!???
???Monster And that??™s humanity for you, in a nutshell.???
In the end both have nothing left after the incident 2 years after Frankenstein had created the monster he creates another, a companion. The monster loathsome wanting someone finally gets the chance after 2 for years for Frankenstein to make him a mate. Instead Clerval gets it in time to encounter the Monster again and in an attempt to destroy the newly made Monster he does in success but pays the price of death when The Monster kills him. The monster rampages onward to kill Elizabeth and now to torment Frankenstein and let him know how he felt alone in the world with nothing left.
The play of Frankenstein as a complete is about learning what it means to be human for the Monster and for Frankenstein, For Frankenstein he had discovered that it was not his right to play god and to create life with scientific experiments resulting the loss of 3 of his dearest. The monster has tried to be human but it does not come to his favour so instead of trying to be more human-like he gave in and became what he thought Frankenstein wanted him to be a Monster but he still possess the emotions of a Human being that has been tormented such as revenge and hatred.