English Blog Post #2 by Alexandra Biddison

The novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, primarily revolves around Victor’s Frankenstein’s monster, which is usually referred to as the “creature.” Throughout the novel Frankenstein unsuccessfully attempts to destroy the monster multiple times up until he succumbs his fate. Something that I found interesting about the novel is that the creature does not have a name. The monster is not treated in a humane fashion and was even sometimes referred to as “it.” Having a name gives a person or animal or object an identity. The purpose of a name is to give someone or something a sense of uniqueness and individuality. A name is usually given by a child’s parents. However, Frankenstein does not even care to give the monster a name. Even though the monster appears to look similar to humans, he is deemed by others, specifically Frankenstein, as a “daemon” or “the wretch” (Shelley). The creature is seen as an atrocity in the eyes of humanity, thus making it unworthy of having a human name. Humans often name their children out of love or honor or excitement of their new born lives. It is clear that Frankenstein was not overjoyed about the “birth” of Frankenstein due to his distasteful physical appearance. By not having a name, it makes the monster appear more of an object rather than a living thing. Perhaps, if the monster were to have a name, people would have treated him differently. Frankenstein wanted to use the creature for his own selfish reasonings, and thus he did not care to give it the proper love and attention that he required. In the absence of a name, the monster lacks its ability to be seen as an individual, but is rather viewed as a science experiment. It could be probable that the author intentionally did not give the monster a name in order for there to exist a fine line between the identity of the creature and humanity, thus making the monster an entirely different species from humanity.

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