As I have read through the novel, I cannot help but agree with his statement, “not so much the sign of the proletariat as it is of its unrepresentability.” For the proletariats are the underrepresented population. From the beginning, it is described the origins of the creature whom Victor Frankenstein created. A creature that was to serve him and meet his expectations. The words, “a new species would bless me with as its creator, and source…” (57). Similar, we can see how mankind or society places such expectations to the world.  Once Frankenstein realized the fruits of his labor he fled. He left the creature without knowing the literal fruits of his labor. Thus, the creature is left to find his own way of figuring out his existence.

 

As the novel expresses, the creature like a child begins to look at his surroundings and learns through it. Which frankly is the process by how a human and animal learned. Visual input which then progressively turns into conceptualizing and forming a “self”. As readers, we are told by a lens of narrative how he formed a “self”. We can infer this by reading the passage from the DeLacey family, “I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny…. these thoughts exhilarated me and led me to apply fresh ardour the acquiring the art of language … (pg. 104-105). In other words, the creature began to apply himself to the world and adapt to its teaching and language. Only to realize that all his efforts will never be accepted whether by his conformity or his “monstrosity.” Because either way, he will never be that of a human despite his intelligence, his love, or capacity.

 

The proletariats or the laboring class conformed with society. The laws were laws, and nothing could be changed. In fact, most bourgeoisie’s thought that teaching the poor was the most uneducated thing to do. As the saying goes, “you give a man a hand, he will then grab your toes.” That is precisely what the all-justified Victor thought of by denying his own creature’s proposal.  As such, when the laboring class was denied basic rights just like those in the upper classes, revolted. Similarly, a right even given by God and thus mankind was denied to the creature and revolted against his creator.

Karla Garcia Barrera