Alina Cantero


As humans, we rely on stereotypes to gives us information on people and things we do not know or are uncertain of. Before reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, my preconceived knowledge of the myth was that, one the “creatures” name was Frankenstein and two that he was nothing but a “freakish monster” created by the experiment of an “evil scientist” (yes, the one you would stereotype, with the crazy hair). I believed that “Frankenstein” had no intelligence to him and was nothing but a brainless creature. I believed what he looked like (image attached above) because that is all I had been taught when it came to him. I was one to stereotype “Frankenstein” when I shouldn’t have because I had no knowledge about him and never even took the time to educate myself.

Upon reading Shelly’s story I have learned that he was not just a creature, but someone who was able to comprehend human emotions. He was able to feel loneliness and isolation, due to humans stereotyping him as dangerous and scary. I was also informed that he was never given a name, and the name Frankenstein was actually his creator’s last name. For being what I considered a brainless monster, he was quite intelligent. His intelligence was proven throughout the story by finding shelter in order to avoid the cold and snow. His willpower was demonstrated when he continues to stay hidden to ensure no human would see him because he knew they would be afraid of him. This “monster” demonstrated wits for survival, by waiting for the children to leave in order for him to go out and get food. By continuing to stay hidden and learn language from Felix, he attained a knowledge that would help him communicate and hopefully help others realize he was not there to harm them.

All he longed for was friendship and acceptance throughout his journey. All he needed to make him happy was for just one person show him the kindness and hospitality they had for other humans. After reading, I have come to the conclusion that my preconceived knowledge was nothing more than a myth.