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ISFAH

By: Sandra Tzoc

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I decided to do a comic based upon the scene where Caroline adopts Elizabeth. In Shelley’s novel Caroline finds Elizabeth while she is on a trip in Italy, however, I changed the setting and decided to make it take place in Nigeria. The purpose for this was to bring attention to the lack of domestic adoption. There are a lot of couples that go out of the country and adopt children and although that benefits those kids, the ones left in the United States are often overseen. In the comic I included African American children because they are the least likely to get adopted. This is an issue that these children of color have to face whereas ‘golden children’ like Elizabeth are more likely to find a home and at a faster rate. The attitude that Caroline portrayed in Italy is representative of adoptive parents especially when both Alphonse and Caroline believe Elizabeth was sent from heaven simply because she had fairer skin than the rest of the children. There was a study conducted by the University of Vermont in which they found, “that even though they [the parents] wanted to diversify their family by adopting a child of color, adopting a black child seemed too different.” It was interesting to read these people’s answers when they were asked why they didn’t adopt a black child. Some said that they did not feel equipped to teach the children how to face racism. Other couples stated that African American children were “too different, both culturally and physically”. However, these same Caucasian couples went ahead and adopted Asian and Central American children. This led me to the conclusion that prejudice, and racism is not only pinned against grown-ups but that children in foster care have to deal with it as well. Everyone deserves to have a loving home no matter how different they are, no matter what color they are.

By ~ Amber Loper

Frankenstein’s Creation wants, more than anything, to be accepted by someone, anyone. His appearance deceives anyone that looks upon him, that he should be nothing more than a bumbling corpse, however, he’s anything but. He uses the letters from Safie and Felix in hopes to relay “the truth of my tale” to Victor Frankenstein as a way to prove what the monster says holds truth. Furthermore, the Monster relates to Safie because they are both outsiders in a place that rejects them. Safie is more welcomed than the Monster will ever be, but it is the closest the monster can get to a real human connection, even if it is from afar.
What happens between Felix and Safie happens in what seems like it’s own little bubble. As if it’s a world separate from modern civilization where worlds at once collide and are outcast. It is métissage. Safie is learning from Felix his culture and at the same time the DeLacey family are learning from Safie too on some level. Then, at the edge, there is Frankenstein’s Monster who is learning from them all, mixing it with what little he already knows about the world. He says, after learning their story, “It impressed me deeply. I learned from the views of social life which it developed, to admire their virtues, and to deprecate the vices of mankind”(p.114). If there is anywhere that the Monster could fit in, it is among others who have been outcast from society like the DeLacey family. And he has learned so much from them that he could easily act like them to fit in. Unfortunately, the people he learned to care for because of their ability to look past cultural and physical difference are unable to do the same for him and immediately turn to hate when they see him. Sometimes, the ones who are the most misunderstood, are not exempt from also fearing what they don’t understand.