Prejudice in Frankenstein
When someone is said to have created a Frankenstein’s monster, it is shorthand for the creation of a force that has taken on a destructive life of its own. In many ways, prejudice is a Frankenstein’s monster that is created out of fear. Prejudice is usually defined as an opinion formed without knowledge, but in fact prejudice is usually forged from fear of misconceived knowledge. Prejudice is borne from the fear not of the unknown, but of a misperception of how the unknown will affect society. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein can be read as a tragedy in which the disastrous events that take place spring from the prejudice that is borne from the fear of the unknown as personified by the Creature.