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April A Doss Essay 2 October 10 2000 Who are you Judgement Every person in the world is guilty of judging others based first impressions These first impressions are derived from two factors the outward appearance and the portrayal of oneself By portrayal I mean how one presents himself through language whether spoken written or body language These two factors alone are what society uses to draw a conclusion about the type of person heshe is dealing with whether right or wrong Beyond these understanding of the person within is hopeless The so-called monster in Frankenstein demonstrates through his own problems with understanding and being understood by the world the importance and power of language on the one hand and of outward appearance on the other As this essay will show the novel shows these two factors to have very different functions indeed First let us look at the function of appearance as the monster perceives it From the first time he views himself in a pool of water he knows that he has the features that make up a monster He realizes that he does not carry the beautiful features that the humans he so much admires have He is highly distraught and mortified by his own hideous appearance He states Alas I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity 99 After this he experiences time and again how people including the one who created him flee in terror from his deformed shape and finally when all hope of a reversal of a like reaction has disappeared he begins to use his own horrific appearance deliberately for purposes of revenge The incident where he loses his last hope of ever being seen as anything but a monstrosity is when William Frankenstein the younger brother of his creator and also a young and hopefully unprejudiced child proves to see him the way any adult would with
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