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Cruelty Breeds Evil There is nothing worse than feeling detested and abhorred by society especially if this hatred is caused solely by ones physical appearance In Frankenstein Mary Shelley uses the Creature to show how people are inherently good but compelled to become evil only when ostracized by their fellow man Although the Creature is initially full of love and is surrounded by examples of human happiness he finds himself excluded from this happiness through no fault of his own The creature turns to evil only after he is spurned by humanity Two tragic events lead to his transformation being rejected by his family - the De Laceys and being rejected by his creator - Victor Frankenstein It is only through contact with humans - the De Laceys - that the Creature realizes that he is an outcast isolated from society The Creature is originally only concerned with responding to his physical needs - food water and shelter As his intelligence grows however he becomes self-conscious and realizes that he will never fit in with humanity In comparing himself to them the Creature feels himself to be a monster He is shocked by his own reflection and is nearly unable to accept it as his own At first I started back unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflecting in the mirror and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification Shelley 80 Despite his physical appearance the Creature is seen as sympathetic caring and sensitive to humans He aids the De Laceys by gathering firewood for them He also sympathizes with the plights of other ostracized people such as the Native Americans I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless fate of its original inhabitants 84 Despite hearing some of the horrors of humanity
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