In Favor of the Monster
In Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, the monster is treated as an abomination and cast out from all societies that he tried to enter. Even though he is treated as a subhuman, does that make the monster a non-human species? It could appear so, if speaking in a biblical aspect. The monster was made by man, and therefore would not contain an actual soul as he would be a conglomerate of parts that would neither go to hell nor heaven, as soon as his processes stopped, he would only be a non-animated slop of parts. However, I as well as many others do not believe in the soul, therefore I will not accept that as a suitable answer. I believe that the monster can be considered a human through my reasoning of humanity and comparing the monter to our modern species.
Our species, Homo sapiens, is an interesting one. We are able to culturally adapt and morphologically adapt to a broad range of climates, however what defines a human? We could go with the biospecies concept in which as long as the two beings can mate and produce viable offspring then they are a species together. Yet, that seems harsh and animalistic, and there are diseases in which a certain member of the species cannot produce viable offspring. Even the anthropological definition of humanity is vague due to the overlap with many features and behaviors that other species have. However, a simple resource may be able to guide into a more structured view the dictionary. The first two definitions in Merriam-Webster revert back to circular logic, however, the third definition states,” having human form or attributes,” and “susceptible to or representative of the sympathies and frailties of human nature”(). So if a mixture of all of these ideass are present, then I propose that a human is someone who morphologically human as well as emotionally a human in we assume that a human has emotionally expected responses.
Now this leaves the monster in an interesting position. He was at one point, many mophilogical correct parts of a mishmash of humans. However, there are many people living today who are combintiosn of parts. Our medical technology allows us to do, heart, liver, epidermis, marrow and blood transfusions that are not from the same source as the rest of the patient. The monster is a more extreme example f what happens in modern medicine every day. Not only do we transplant human parts, but we transplant mechanical parts into ourselves as well. Knees, hips, hearts, and other not naturally create parts are inserted into humans all te time; so if the monster does have any unnatural parts to him, he can still be considered a human.
The monster is also capable of a various range of human emotions. When he is in agony after the affair with the DeLacey's he his able do complex human thought and notes, "I ought to have familiarized the old DeLacey to me, and by degrees to have discovered myself to the rest of his family," (Shelly 1881, p. 112). This complex thought is often not associated with other species of mamals.
Not only that, but classifiing human behavior becomes increasingly difficult when there are so many exceptions and dilemas in our own society. Many people are born with genetic defects that do not allow them to socialize properly, and sometimes these defects are from accidents. We don't call someone in acoma a different species, nor do we with the disabled. Therefore, the horror that is the monster's grotesque form should not deny him from being classified as a human.
There is also the issue that the monster has super strength intelligence, and speed that seem out of the scope of humanity. However, if we look at the best and the brightest from each section, we see how it could be possible that the monster is created by using the attributes of the most athletic and brightest people. At the olympics, we see many people who push the boundarties of how fast or how strong a peron can be. Usain Bolt broke a world reccord at the 2012 London Olympics and ran 27 miles per hour, which is around the average speed of most horses. There are also people who have astounded the earth with their intelligence, Steven Hawlking, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie are all people who are in textbooks and will be in those books until someone discoveres something even more astounding.
Even though the monster does not consider himslf to be a part of the human race, he innevidably is a part of the species that detests his existance due to his morphological and not so superhuman traits
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In favor of the monster prompt 1- Karen Knutson
In Favor of the Monster