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Frankenstein: Human Injustice

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Transcript of Frankenstein: Human Injustice

Mary Shelley Frankenstein How Does Frankenstein
demonstrate human injustice? Criteria Human Injustice This injustice takes the form of Unfair Treatment The first example of unfair treatment in Frankenstein is Arabian Merchant's betrayal of Felix De Lacey. This unfair treatment is caused by fear of Felix's Christian religion, which is different from that of the merchant. Unfair Treatment Another example of unfair treatment in Frankenstein
is the neglect of Justine by her mother. This unfair treatment is caused by Justine being her mother's least favourite and of being accused of causing the death of her siblings. Frankenstein is
Imprisoned
without Evidence Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, in London, England.

She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer William Godwin and famed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

She married poet Percy Shelley in 1816.

Two years after marriage she published Frankenstein

She was widowed at age 24 after her husband died from drowning while sailing in the Gulf of Spezia

Mary died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, in London, England. Mary Shelley's Life Injustice: 1. absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another
2. an unjust act Mary Shelley demonstrates that
human injustice is caused by the
fear of what is different, through
the novel of Frankenstein Agatha and
De Lacey
are imprisoned Unfair Treatment Frankenstein Abandons His Creation Justine is condemned for murder without fair reason Creature is shot by man for no reason. What is Frankenstein? Frankenstein is a Gothic horror story written by Mary Shelley, focusing on Victor Frankenstein, his artificial creation of a living being, and the events that follow afterwards. Violating the Rights of Others Frankenstein shows how being afraid of what is different causes us to violate the rights of others. This is evident with the following:
Frankenstein’s imprisonment in Ireland
Frankenstein breaking his promise to the creature
The imprisonment of Agatha and De Lacey Undeserving Punishment Frankenstein reveals how fear of what is different causes us to punish those who don't deserve it. 1. Unfair Treatment 2. Violating the Rights of Others 3. Undeserving Punishment When Frankenstein washes ashore in Ireland, his right of being innocent until proven guilty in violated due to the fact that the Irish people are afraid of him as he is seen as an outsider and murderer. The Merchant's Betrayal When De Lacy and Agatha are imprisoned, they have their rights violated. This is because of a fear of criminals, people who are different from the general populace due to their breaking of the law. Justine's Mother Frankenstein violates the creature's rights by refusing to make a second monster. This betrayal is due to the fact that Frankenstein is afraid of the creature's inhumanness. Frankenstein abandons his creation because of his fear of its inhuman appearance. This is unfair to the creature because it has not done anything wrong. Conclusion Frankenstein is an example of Romantic literature because it explores both the good and, more importantly, the bad of human nature. The book truly highlights how horrible humans are because at the end of the book, despite the fact that the creature is responsible for 4 murders, yet we are still meant to sympathize with him. This illustrates that human behaviour is often worse than murder. Justine receives undeserving punishment in the form of her hasty conviction, and subsequent execution. This unfair judgement, and punishment is due o a fear of that which is different, which Justine is seen as, since she is an outsider. 1. Justine's execution
2. Creature getting beaten by Felix
3. Creature being shot Creature is beaten by Felix despite not doing anything to harm him or his family. Felix is so afraid of the creature's inhuman appearance, he immediately begins to beat it. The creature does not deserve this punishment as he has done nothing to harm the De Lacey's, and has in fact aided them by collecting firewood for them. Frankenstein
Breaks his
Promise to
the Creature The creature has done nothing to harm man he is shot by. In fact, he has saved the man's daughter. Yet he is shot because the man is afraid of his grotesque, inhuman appearance. Unfair Treatment Frankenstein demonstrates how unfair treatment of others is caused by fear of their differences. This is shown by: 1. The Arabian Merchant's betrayal of Felix
2. Justine's neglect by her mother
3. Frankenstein's abandonment of his creation
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