By: Jocelyn Lemus

 

We see the world as we want to see it and that is how most of the novels out there are. In the novel, Frankenstein, the monster is encountered with Safie, a Muslim Arab immigrant. The monster not only learns English, but he also acknowledges where she is from and how her roots were shaped. This is important in the story line because Mary Shelley was also able to bring in a sensitive topic of immigrants in her novel. These two characters are held in a similar situation on wanting to fit in in the English culture. They are learning and from that they want to improve on what is expected from them, since they aren’t in the natural hometown.

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The world has shaped the thoughts of those who carry their natural roots within. Humans now in days tend to Americanize their own culture because they fear of being the “outsiders” as W.E.B Du Bois, a civil rights activist says. This is important to take into consideration because both of the characters of the novel have these actions as well. They try to shape their inner thoughts into something else because they are under the influence of societal norms. Aligned with Du Bois’s ideas is Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o because they both express similar ideas.  Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o expresses the idea that “oppressed peoples must learn to use their own languages”. This is pivotal to take to knowledge because the ideas of one’s culture must be praised in a sense that it still matters to them. This connects with the monster and Safie from the novel because they are so into the thought of being a different image of figure of English that it can blur out their own real roots.