Frankenstein and Uncle Tom's Cabin

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We often hear the adage that life is full of surprises and the best surprises are the ones that make us smile and change us. Two examples how life's little surprises can changes lives can be found in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.


In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom and Eva share a friendship that not only change them but it changes other who witness the bond that these two friends share. Both stories demonstrate how seemingly, small, insignificant events can impact our lives in a positive way; we simply need to recognize that they are there. Surprising incidentals teach us that sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.
In Frankenstein, the monster stumbles upon the DeLacy family while traipsing through the woods looking for a place to keep warm. In watching them interact with one another, he begins to understand human kindness. For example, when the older DeLacey plays for and the young girl, she becomes happy. The monster sees them sharing a tender moment and states that he was filled with "sensations of a peculiar and overpowering nature" (93). In his continued observance, he begins to understand that even though the family is not always happy, they share a bond that he does not understand. He writes that their "gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me" (97). He becomes so attached to them that he feels sad when they express sadness and when they are happy, he is as well. He learns that people can be happy when they are poor or hungry because they have each other. He becomes so fond of them that he begins to gather food for them when they are sleeping. ...
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