How would you compare Frankenstein to A Year of Living Dangerously?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the only comparison I could derive is between the monster and Billy Kwan.  Both creatures are physically different from their social surroundings.  Billy is a dwarf and the monster is, well, a hideous monster.  The physical differences are difficult to transcend as the rest of the world identifies these distinctions as the first level of differentiation.  O'Sullvan's invocation of the term of the "Black Dwarf" shows this separation.  Lacking the vocabulary but reflecting the intent of isolation would be Victor's physical countenance of horror when the monster first approaches him.  Both the monster and Billy feel a certain level of betrayal by this social world.  Billy feels completely undermined by Guy and Sukharno and articulates this betrayal, as the monster feels abandoned by Victor.  Both characters endure an awakening of sorts that compels them to understand that their predicament will always be one of loneliness, as the monster is unable to find companionship and Guy essentially steals Jill from Billy.   Finally, I would say that both are victims of a force that seeks to appropriate reality in accordance to its own perception.  This life force will continue once it is done with both of them.  Science, the force that gave birth to the monster, will not stop even after its misapplication of the monster's creation.  It will continue and there is little recourse for the monster.  The life force of the media will move on from Indonesia to a "better" story of Vietnam, and there will be nothing that can be done to stop the exploitation of the nation and its people's struggles for the benefit of this life force.

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