Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Uploaded by keaton1488 on Apr 17, 2006
Petrarch once enlightened, “Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.” Unfortunately, sight is the main sense of mankind which is why many people in the world are judgmental and can’t see pass the outside shell of people. Without man’s idealistic limitations of colors and shapes of a person’s outside appearance, the world would be more virtuous rather than the cesspool it is becoming as time progresses. It would not idolize sexual attraction, cuteness, and conceit like it does now. If there were no set ideal characteristics about the outside appearance a person has to have, then there probably would not be as much separation and isolation due to ugliness, disability, or an awkward physical characteristic. There are people however that love the direction the world is going, these people make decisions everyday about how they are going to judge and treat people. They decide whether or not they approve or reject the way the person acts and exudes their way of life. A perfect example of this can be seen in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, when the reader first meets the creature and sees how he is the ugliest character of the novel on the outside but ironically, the creature was much more likeable and decent than his creator, until his view of man had vanished by the hatred and injustice served to him. So many different themes can be addressed by this prompt but the ones that stick out are Nature vs. Nurture between the creator and the created and how appearances are not everything.
During the creature’s lonely journey, he is never given the chance to engage in any conversation except with Victor. During the creature’s creation, the reaction of Victor, his “dad”, is so dreadful. This reaction actually makes the reader forget that it is the birth of a human being which is seen to be one of the most precious occurrences in the life. This is why the theme Nature vs. Nurture sticks out to the reader because one would think that Victor should have a paternal bond to the creature. This bond is further expected not only because of the time and effort put into the creature but also the fact that it is an extension of his mind. “The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the...