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How does Shelly portray the creature through her narrative?

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´╗┐How does Shelly portray the creature through his narrative? As the Creature tells his story of his ?childhood? in chapters 11 to 16 the pre-conceptions of the creature are challenged. It is the first time the Creature tells his story and immediately it is apparent of the humanistic features he beholds. ?It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being.? The simple statement proves how far physically and emotional he has come; physically his language has advanced compared to chapter 5 when he speaks ?inarticulate sounds.? Emotionally he is not spiteful of the ?birth.? His innocence is portrayed through the 11th chapter as the reader experiences the sensations and understanding the world as the creature does. ?I felt cold also, and half frightened.? Shelly is creating a sense of empathy for the creature. When the Creature finds the De Lacy?s cottage there is evidence that he has feelings as he feels sympathy for the girl who has ?enticed my life.? This furthermore shows his understanding of emotions because even though he can not tell why she is upset he still feels the ?kindness and affection.? He learns of human morals, and feels guilty because he ?inflicted pain of the cottagers? for taking their food in the night. ...read more.

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Victor aspires to usurp the roles of both God and women, to create a species who would bless him as their creator with imagery in the creation chapter suggesting the process of labour and birth; the ?workshop of filthy creation? which could insinuate a womb. Since Victor is both his mother and father than the creature truly has no one after Victor shies away from him. This is displayed in the narrative when Victor is involved whereas the Creature is an outsider observing until he feels comfortable, when he then tries to approach the old blind man. Evidently when the De Lacy?s reject him and ?stuck [him] violently with a stick.? Instead of tearing him ?limb from limb? his ?heart sank? making the reader even more sympathetic towards the Creature. Contextually this emphasises the idea of shallowness of society and their reluctance to accept the abstract, much like Shelly?s reading was controversial primarily because it was written by a woman in the 19th century. They are both ambitious because they want enlightenment. Victor wants to learn about science and the supernatural life whilst the Creature wants to understand the human language through the books that the family leaves outside their house, particularly Paradise lost which echoes the language of the Creature. ...read more.

Conclusion

As his education proceeds, moving from nature to culture, the monster learns more of the injustices of society, and as he learns about emotions and comes to desire love and companionship he is rejected because of his repulsiveness. After he masters language, he is rejected from human society and only serves to make him aware of his unique origin and his alien nature. After the rejection that turns him into a monster the sympathies of the reader is fully with the monster. The Creature could be seen as the doppelgänger of Victors dark side. He might represent Frankensteins aggressive instincts, fears of family and woman, and society. Through the Creature's narrative there is evidence of Victor, through the language and through his ambition of knowledge. His narrative is at the heart of the book which could be displaying the “heart” of Victor and his increasingly divided and conflicted personality. The Creature's ugliness makes him the image of a purely intellectual, heartless Victor, the opposite of the young man who begins his studies with hope and desire to contribute to the improvement of humanity. Both start out young and naïve but as they progress into the world of science and knowledge they disintegrate, leaving only the heartless and selfishness that neither will say is their fault. ...read more.

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