How Frankenstein Illustrates a World Issue

tolerance

[tol-er-uh ns]

noun

a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ fromone’s own; freedom from bigotry.

Source : Dictionary.com

 

Tolerance is promoted around the world and a good example of that is the welcoming of refugees to Canada, the respect of their culture and religion.

A good example of what tolerance is not would be Donald Trump, a president that moves to abolish certain people’s rights to visit his country based on racism ideas.

Tolerance, as stated in the definition provided by Dictionary.com, is an attitude and a form of respect towards others’ beliefs, culture and background. It does not mean that one accepts the beliefs, it means that one recognizes the differences and accepts to live with them.

In Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is almost no tolerance shown for the creature, except by the blind man. Indeed, humans in the book view the creature as a monster based on his appearance and do not even for a second accept that he looks different, but might have a good heart.

Now I believe that by showing the creature as isolated and rejected by society based on first impression, the author denounces a world issue of tolerance lacking since racism, generalization of cultures and disrespect for religions are still world wide problems.

The monster, when trying to reach out to the family, has a kind heart and honest intentions, but due to the lack of tolerance showed by the young adults, he is rejected and scary to the family who is not use to seeing such creatures.

If the characters in the book had tried to connect and interact with the monster, they would have discovered a good person. They could have learned his story or simply go beyond the looks for a second to understand who was the creature and learn to co-habited with it. This is just like when you get to know someone from another culture or religion. You do not share the beliefs, but you co-exist to make the world a better place.

 

“Tolerance.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

 

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4 Replies to “How Frankenstein Illustrates a World Issue”

  1. Hi Mélanie!

    I love your post! You make a great connection between the idea of tolerance (that is an important subject in today’s society) and the novel. As you said, people in the book were very intolerant because they judged others based on their appearance, which is similar to what is happening in our society (looks and appearance are precious to people).

    Myriam

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    1. Hi Myriam!
      Indeed, we live in a society full of judgements and the beauty of a person is sometimes defined by the physical appearance rather than by the personnality of that person. I find it very sad that in 2017, we are still affected by beauty standards. We can say that models in magazines and on TV are not helping! I believe Mary Shelley really wanted to expose people who criticize others based on looks and I must admit I did feel pity for the monster as he told the story of his rejection by the family. This issue is very well presented in the book.
      Hope you enjoy our other posts! 🙂
      Mélanie

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  2. The world is full of intolerance towards the unknown and the different. As soon as someone is different everyone will gang up on him and make him feel bad for being different. This is the same for the unknown, as soon as someone has an idea that others cannot understand or something that has not yet been achieved, everyone will say it is “stupid” or “ridiculous”.
    The book illustrates this very well with the ideas of Victor and the monster. First off there is Victor’s idea of creating man which was deemed stupid to believe that he could be successful in achieving the impossible. Then there is also the monster that looks so horrible that people do not want to give him a chance and only reject him.
    Great post, love the topic idea that you chose. It is very interesting to relate Frankenstein to our current society even when the book was written so long ago.

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