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.