When born, but the exposure of the evil

When a young person develops an awareness to suffering, evil, and pain around them, the person is put into a position where they have to act and respond in a manner that is advanced in their age. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible propose through both characters of Abigail and the monster that innocence is short lived and the reality of evil in society helps destroys it. Abigail and the monster were once innocent when born, but the exposure of the evil in society transforms them into to doing morally wrong things because of their influence. The trauma that both characters experience from their own parents affect them, as through relationships with important attachment figures, children learn to trust others, regulate their emotions, interact with the world and come to understand their own value as individuals. In result of this, they are to teach themselves what is right and wrong. With the trauma that both characters go through, manipulation is not something that they have evidently taught themselves to be wrong or immoral. Power is trite to their own advantage in order to get their way of things. Lastly, both characters exhibit extensive knowledge. They teach themselves about how cruel society works and the evil evident in our social culture. Both characters creators abandon them which causes both their isolation and independence resulting to rely on themselves in order to learn everything with no guidance or control. The Natives kills Both of Abigail’s parents which results to Abigail isolation and her responsibility to take care of herself making her own rules, and teaching herself things. This makes Abigail place reliance on herself, which is wrong, as she needs to be taught before she teaches herself. In most civilized societies, parents are the ones who take great care in upbringing their children. They are the ones who help the child overcome their negative attributes and insufficiency. In act one, Abigail yells “And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parents’ head on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!” (Miller 20). The death of Abigail’s parents traumatizes her, she still remembers exactly what happens and the imagery clearly identifies that. It is evident that Abigail lacks the respect that her parents would have taught her. Respect is one of the most important virtues a child can have. She uses her power of authority to threaten the girls in order for them not to speak out and confess to her lies. Both characters have the same trauma of their parents abandonment resulting to having no role model and no guidance. The two characters are lacking moral guidance as the relationship that parents share with their children is one that impacts a child throughout their lifetime. Victor Frankenstein creates the monster, then abandons him because prejudice overtakes him. Victor creates the monster with full ambition and knowledge, but when the monster is alive, he sees his features and immediately dislocates himself from him for nearly 2 years without mentioning anything of creating a creature. This leads to the monster becoming responsibility to his own actions and also having no guidance in the world. Victor creates the monster with no knowledge only to pursue his ambition, then immediately abandons him. This results to the monsters lack of support, and his reason for the lack of innocence. In chapter 5, Frankenstein creates the monster and abandons him and says “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (Shelley 59). Parents play a big role in how their kids turn out, and the happiness and love existing in children is created by parents. But when Frankenstein has nobody to connect to and empathize with he is left broken, alone, and vulnerable. He is born innocent, but Victor abuses him, abandons him, and he is left unloved. In result of all this, he is never taught anything and does not know what is right or wrong. He does everything he can in order to connect and relate to humans as he is just looking for someone to talk to and share his life. The two characters experience the lack of leadership, support, and exemplar which is evident. Abigail William and the monster creators both are the cause of their loss of innocence, as the trauma of their child’s abandonment leaves them to create their downfall. Both Abigail and the monster use their power manipulating others to their own advantage while not thinking about the consequence to their actions. In act 1, all the adults leave Betty’s room, and Abigail demonstrates her manipulative personality by threatening the other girls in order to force them to corroborate her story. Abigail knows that she is a dominant, intimidating person and realizes that the other girls are timid and afraid of getting into trouble. Abigail uses this to her advantage by telling them, “Let neither of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (Miller 20) Abigail elicits fear in order to manipulate and forbid Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren, and Betty Parris from impulsively confessing their sins. Reverend Parris’ niece has been participating in what was thought to be witchcraft activities in which could get the girls into serious consequences. In these lines, Abigail’s character development is evident in her dominance to the rest of the girls in the village. She uses her power as a leader to the young girls. Abigail uses her manipulative traits in a desperate attempt to not be held accountable for her nefarious deeds in the forest the night before the play opens, meanwhile, the monster uses manipulation in order for Victor to feel the same isolation that the monster went through when left. He manipulates for revenge. After Victor Frankenstein abandons his creation, he creates the monster loss of innocence as his quest for revenge is evident and he is eager for Frankenstein to feel the same things that he has been feeling. He uses Frankenstein’s loved one in order to get to him to have that sense of solution and suffering. The monster continues saying “your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever” (p.123). This quote conveys his desire for payback and later on the Monster would propagate this anger by killing Frankenstein’s beloved wife Elizabeth. This act of retaliation goes to show at what point revenge is a never-ending cycle of misery and loss. The monster acts through rage towards Victor’s loved ones in order to feel equivalent. The monster gets revenge on Victor through Henry Clerval, William Frankenstein, and Elizabeth Lavenza, Justine Moritz and Alphonse Frankenstein as he begins to doubt the humans as a race, and dances with feelings of rage and revenge and as he wants to subject his creator to similar emotions that he has been subjected to, for example, despair, pain and desperation. The monsters loss of innocence when neglected and human nature causes the monster to act in rage. Abigail, expecting to be a young, innocent child, manipulates the court in order to get the attention off of her because of her immoral actions meanwhile, the monster also manipulates Victors relatives in order to obtain revenge to Victor for his isolation. Both Abigail and the monster demonstrate their loss of innocence through manipulation in order to get what they want. They both evidently have the ability and power to do so, so they take advantage of that. To conclude, Abigail and the monster reveal extensive knowledge results in the acting on evil and selfishness. Abigail learns about evil and hypocrisy in the world, whereas the monster learns about the evil of humanity. Abigail mirrors what is taught resulting in her becoming a hypocrite. She pretends to be righteous and innocent by invoking the name of God, but her true intentions are far from what she claims. Several innocent lives are lost because of her false testimony. She commits adultery with Mr. Proctor and frames Mrs. Proctor for witchcraft after rejecting a request. Mrs. Proctor is taken to jail despite protests from her husband, and Abigail continues to accuse her for witchcraft, which results in the charge. Mr. Proctor comes clean about his previous relationship with Abigail in an attempt to save his wife. Abigail’s knowledge is evident as she understand just how society and court works. If she does everything right, she can get her way. Abigail confesses says “I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus…I go back to Jesus.” (Miller 48). Abigail profusely lies and kills numerous people in order to get attention. She understands that her position as a young girl, not expecting to lie or make up cruel implication is very gullible and is unexpected. Abigail is invoking the name of the God or the divine to advance her own personal agenda. Her claims of witchcraft are fraudulent as well as her desire to “Want to the light of God”. We see as early as Act I that she knows all of what is being said about witches and such is false and that she only covers John Proctor. She shows little devotion to the divine, but is savvy enough to understand that her social order is theocratic, so in playing to it, she gains public support while being able to advance her own agenda. Abigail uses her knowledge of evil and hypocrisy in order to make everyone believe in her and her accusations, meanwhile, the monster uses his knowledge from the books that he reads in order to understand the society around and just how cruel people are. Eager to learn something, the monster begins his own education. He reads the books in order to gain some knowledge and opens Milton’s Paradise Lost, Plutarch’s Lives of Illustrious Greeks and Romans, and Goethe’s Sorrows of Werter. Paradise Lost teaches him about God and his creations; Plutarch’s Lives Teaches him about history and heroism; Sorrows of Werter teaches him about death. From the knowledge that he has gotten from these books, it is put into perspective how cruel and destroying humans are. He learns all about the evil of humanity. “The volume of Plutarch’s Lives which I posses contained the histories of the first founders of the ancient republics…I learned from Werter’s imaginations despondency and gloom, but Plutarch taught me high thoughts” (Shelley 138). The monster learns a lot about the evil in humanity as he reads a book about war. It is obvious that war is dangerous, brutal, and insufferable, but not knowing, the monster believes that this is what humans are everyday. He expects people to be violent and harsh. By reading the novels, he loses his innocence as he exposes himself to the sinful side of society, and believes that this is part of social norms. Both characters gain extensive knowledge, Abigail learns about evil and selfishness, meanwhile the monster learns about the evil of society. 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