Andres Quezada

One of the misconceptions that I had about Frankenstein was that Frankenstein’s monster did receive the partner he asked for. I thought that he had gotten a partner, a family, a chance at love. Now I see that that it was all Hollywood smoke. My first encounter with Frankenstein was through the Cartoon Network show “Johnny Bravo”, where the main character , Johnny, was turned into Frankenstein’s monster to go after the female monster. I was only familiar with Frankenstein through Hollywood such as “The Munsters”, “The Adams Family,” and other cartoon renditions. I always thought Frankenstein’s monster was also just a drone, a lifeless body with no purpose in life. I thought he was a monster as well, but what makes him a monster, is it his looks, the way he was created?

After reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, I see that the “monster does indeed have life. He feels a range of emotions just as the rest of us. He feels guilt and remorse for his actions. He think, he feels alone, just like we all do at one point or another. He wants another person he can coexist with, he just wants what we all want in life. After reading the story, I find that the “monster” is more relate-able than I would have imagined. He’s just trying to live the life that he did not ask for. He was brought into the world without his consent as we all are, to try and survive in a society that does not accept anything abnormal. Frankenstein is more human than some humans. He’s misunderstood and goes through life with most of society not giving him a chance just as a lot of us do. He finds a taste of acceptance with the blind man who offers to home him, but his family begs him to get rid of the “monster” because he is seen as a monster and nothing more. He chases after his creator for answers just as many of us do as well. Frankenstein’s monster is not a monster, he is us just as Dr. Frankenstein is also us. They both deal with parallel issues of not being accepted and both desire attention from one another through the story.