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Inner Peace Rage

Sabrina Vazquez

Society fears what they do not yet understand. It is a saying most have heard, but the weight of the words does not settle until facing a concept that truly is not understood by many in the world. In Jessica Rae Fisher’s blog post “: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action”, in response to Susan Stryker’s essay “My Words to Victor Frankenstein above the Village of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage:”, she speaks about the rage that comes with not only not being accepted in society but outcasted from it as well. Now in stating that many people do not understand transgender people, does not by any means justify their hate and malevolence. Fisher stated, “Filisa shouldn’t have faced the loneliness that rejection no doubt brought. She shouldn’t have been driven to suicide by a community that thought that she could take care of herself.” (I am Frankenstein’s Monster). It is clear that beyond the rage is a deep sadness that a life was lost because of Filisa was not understood or accepted. This rage felt from being so misunderstood is one that can be the root of a lot of greatness, but it can also be the foundation of violence. Through Frankenstein it can be seen how a healthy rage can turn into an unhealthy vengeance and shift one’s own world.

Frankenstein’s creation is affected by loneliness, rejection, resentment, and confusion on what itself is, not only was it trying to find a place in society, but also come to terms with itself. In the first stages of the creature’s life, that inner rage fueled his need to learn and be like the others he observed. It was an outcast but one that had taught itself so much, but that went awry when after fighting so hard to be “normal”, it was still not accepted. After cursing its creation for not being understood, the creature began feeling a more violent deep-seated all-consuming hate. This is the moment the creature had had enough,

I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world. For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom, and I did not strive to control them, but allowing myself to be borne away by the stream, I bent my mind towards injury and death. (F.123) (Block Quote)

This differentiation between the different rages is not one I made to state that unbending people do not deserve to be treated as they treat others. It was made because, in giving in to the same hate they put out into the universe, it fulfills their already hateful misconceptions. Fisher did state “It isn’t our responsibility to make the villagers understand or accept us, and maybe, in fact, we can’t.” (I Am Frankenstein’s Monster). It is not, but one should also never give them the pleasure of changing our perceptions of the world into negative ones. Frankenstein’s creation in his confusion and quest for understanding what he was, fell into a dark hole of hate created by those very villagers. He embraced the word “monster” in a negative way and fulfilled all those notions the villagers imposed on him, which I believe were just projections of their own insecurities. In conclusion no matter how much like the villagers the creature acted, they would have never accepted it.  However, instead of embracing the reality it was living, the creature let itself be tainted by other beliefs. Transgender rage can be very good, just never to the point where it changes personal beliefs, of who one is within; it most definitely is best kept away from one’s perceptions of the world. When one person feels alone, secluded and in the dark, one must try to remember that the world does not consist of one small village.

Justice is innocent

– Bianca Lopez Munoz

In William Godwin’s piece, “Enquiry Concerning Political Justice”, Godwin expresses that in his opinion, a revolution shouldn’t be violent and resentful. It should be a be a peaceful event where wealth is distributed among everyone equally. An event where all social classes have a conversation, have a mutual understanding of what everyone wants, and unite. Instead of men taking advantage of each other’s distresses, and in self interest, seek momentary gratification, that they should love liberty, love equality, pursuit arts, and have a desire for knowledge. And through this men will sympathize with each other and therefore a revolution would be a tranquil and orderly phenomenon.

By definition or mutual understanding, Justice is fair behavior and treatment, it is moral righteousness. During revolutions people seek justice and do things in the name of justice, good or bad. When I went back to the parts of Frankenstein where Justine was accused, tried, and executed for the murder of William, as I was reading, I would replace Justine’s name with the word Justice and it was incredibly interesting to see how well some passages worked with the change of language. “A servant in Geneva does not mean the same thing as a servant in France or England, Justine… learned the duties of a servant; a condition which…does not include the idea of ignorance, and a sacrifice of the dignity of a human being” (66). Now replace Justine with the word Justice in this quote. Justice is a servant. Ignorance and the sacrafice of human dignity is not part of justice, like in England or France (where people were murdered and it was extremely chaotic and unjust). When Victor finally gets back to his father’s home in Geneva he tells Ernest, “You are all mistaken; I know the murderer. Justine, poor Justine, is innocent” (77). Again replace Justine with the word justice. Justice is innocent. The evil things like murder that people do in the name of justice actually have nothing to do with justice and it is just a way to defend their actions. During Justine’s trial, Elizabeth appeals for Justine and says, “when I see a fellow creature about to parish through the cowardice of her pretended friends…”(81). This again, goes back to people using justice as a tool to justify and not take responsibility for their wrong doings during revolution. I remind you that all of this is happening because Victor Frankenstein decided to bring to life, a creature, which killed his brother, which indirectly killed Justine. Victor know’s he holds some blame to the death of his brother but refuses to speak up about it since he fears people will think he is insane. Victor did what William Godwin thinks people should not do. Victor took advantage of Justine’s distress, and in letting someone else be blamed for the death of William, he found momentary gratification for his sins but it wasn’t too long before he became guilty of the death of Justine. The revolution of the creature shouldn’t be violent and resentful as are the actions of the creature and Victor. I believe these things could have been avoided if Victor hadn’t run from his creation. Had he stayed and like, Godwin stated, had a conversation and sympathyzed with the creature, things could have possibly has a more “natural and tranquil progress”(Godwin).