The Monster’s Seven Rejections

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature is constantly rejected due to his physical appearance that results from Victor’s negligence. Still, he is patient about mankind and it takes him several rejections to make him lose faith in humanity.

 

There are seven key moments that illustrate how lonely the creature is. Here is a list of those rejections:

 

1. Victor

Victor rejects the creature because he is afraid of the ugliness of the monster he has created. He feels guilty and does not want to take his responsibility and take care of him. Thus, he leaves the creature in order not to see him agai

 

2. Hermit

After running away from Victor’s lab, the creature goes to the countryside. He walks into a hermit’s home where he sees fire, cheese, and bread. When the old man sees the creature, he starts screaming and runs away from him.

 

3. Villagers

When the creature gets to the village, everyone rejects him because they are afraid of him. They can see that he is different from others and they are afraid of how he looks.

 

4. De Lacey Family

After being rejected by many human beings he has met, the creature hides in the forest. At that point, he is filled with the pain of isolation. The monster sees his reflection in the water and realizes that he is ugly (he knows that he is different from everyone he met in the city). He hides in a hovel and watches the De Lacey family that lives next to him. In the De Lacey family, only the blind man accepts the monster (he is also the only character that accepts him in the entire novel). When the other members of the family see the monster, they kick him out of their house because they find him too ugly.

 

5. Drowning girl’s protector

While he had promised himself to revenge against humanity, he sees a girl drowning. He goes to rescue her, which illustrates that he does not want to get revenge anymore (he still has humanity inside of him). However, a man shoots him in the shoulder when he sees that he is holding the girl. Thus, he loses faith in humanity again and wants to get revenge.

 

6. William Frankenstein

At one point, the monster thinks that, because children are more innocent and less aware of appearance than adults, they could be more inclined to accept him. However, William tells the monster that he is hideous and that his father is Alphonse Frankenstein. When the creature hears his name, he is filled with rage and strangles William to death.

 

7. Victor

The monster asks Victor to create him a female companion that would understand him and not reject him as everyone does. Victor revives the creature’s hopes by accepting to do it. Though, one night, Victor gives up on the creation of the female monster. This represents the end of hope for the creature.

 

These seven rejections refer indirectly to the seven deadly sins. The rejection begins and ends with Victor, which increase the hate the monster feels towards humanity. In fact, his creator is the one that rejects him the most.

 

Thus, he destroys everything, from hope to the sense of belonging that Victor may have in the world. The monster destroys the sense of belonging Victor has with nature. When Victor is extremely depressed, he climbs the Mont Blanc Mountain. He is trying to elevate his soul to eliminate the pain he is filled with. However, the creature appears, which destroys all hope Victor has. Furthermore, the creature kills many people around Victor, so he ends up with no one left in his life.

 

Finally, the creature is benevolent in nature. He is an amazing and intelligent man when you do not look at his physical appearance. However, due to his scary appearance that was caused by Victor’s negligence, he is constantly rejected. It is therefore not the creature’s fault and it illustrates how selfish mankind is.

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7 thoughts on “The Monster’s Seven Rejections

  1. This post is very interesting! you brought very important points to the isolation of the Creature as well as some important elements about his “evil“ nature: the Creature is a benevolant being, and evil and violence were imposed upon him by society. The same society that perceived him as an atrocious being inside and out based on his appearance! Keep up the good work!

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  2. Great analysis of the rejections that shaped Frankenstein’s monster! We all know how the monster changed from the beginning to the end but this goes deeper and gives detailed explanations of why the creature became how he is.
    I love how you went even further and talked about how it is related to the seven deadly sins. I feel that because the monster was rejected every single time he tried to implement himself in the world of humans, he indirectly decided that the only option left was to go against it and be the beast that everyone was so afraid of.

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