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Mary Shelley epitomizes the gothic ideal in her novel Frankenstein The story of Frankenstein and his monster focuses on grotesque and often disturbing ideas that both shock and intrigue its readers Underneath all of the ugliness are many themes that pertain to her society as well as our society today In particular Mary Shelley portrays the theme of monstrosity physically emotionally and figuratively in Frankenstein The monsters appearance reveals one facet of the novel that expresses monstrosity in a strictly physical aspect His limbs were in proportion and I had selected his features as beautiful Beautiful Great God His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath his hair was of a lustrous black and flowing his teeth of a pearly whiteness but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set his shriveled complexion and straight black lips 42 Clearly this description of the monster is not very flattering The monster was intended to be a creature that could blend into society without much notice He should have looked like a normal human who in the presence of a person would appear to be average or even attractive Frankenstein instead created a creature that was absurdly opposite from his original vision This monster would never be able to function in society as an accepted person Frankenstein is fueled by the kind of grotesque faintly absurd and wildly inventive images that spring direct from the unconscious the eight-foot creature designed to be beautiful who turns out almost indescribably repulsive yellow-skinned shriveled of countenance with straight black lips and near-colorless eyesm Oates 67 Again this statement shows that the scientists vision ends up being very blurred after the reincarnation of this creature The monsters appearance alone could put people in shock mour modern Prometheus formed a filthy image to which the last step of
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