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Frankenstein is a novel that was written during the age of romanticism. This Mary Shelley book contains many typical themes of a common romantic novel such as dark laboratories, the moon, a monster, and other frightening things left to the imagination; however, Frankenstein is anything but a common novel. Many lessons are engraved into this novel, including how society acts towards the different. The monster fell victim to a system commonly used to characterize a person by only his outer appearance. Society, whether people like it or not always summarizes a person's characteristics by his or her physical appearance. Society has a “norm” individuals must follow to be accepted. Those who don't follow the standard are disliked and cursed by the crowd because they are different. When the monster traveled into a town"...[monster] had hardly placed [his] foot within the door ...children shrieked, and ...women fainted" (74). From that moment on he realized that people did not like his appearance and hated him because of it. If villagers didn't run away at the sight of him, then they might have accepted him. The monster tried to accomplish this when he encountered the De Lacey family. The monster tried to gain friendship from the old man and then hopefully in the end with his children. He knew that it could have been possible because the old man was blind, he could not see the monster's repulsive characteristics. Luck was against him and the monster had barely conversed with the old man before his children returned from their journey and saw a monstrous creature near their father, who! appeared to be harming the helpless old man. "Felix darted forward, and with supernatural force tore [the creature] from his father..." (97). Felix's action caused great inner pain to the monster. He knew that his dream of living with them happily would not happen. After that bitter moment the monster believed that "...the human senses are insurm...

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