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Many critics have commented that the creature is ultimately a character with whom we can sympathise. Explore Shelleys presentation of the creature in the light of this view.

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Many critics have commented that the creature is ultimately a character with whom we can sympathise. Explore Shelley?s presentation of the creature in the light of this view. The way Mary Shelley presents Frankenstein?s monster challenges society and their views on morality. Her aim seems to be to make the creature seem as human as possible and lack in the things that humans would take for granted. For example, something as simple as a name, giving an identity, something the reader takes for granted but the monster so desperately wishes to have. The first time we hear the monster speak articulately is when I think the reader?s sympathy begins to be provoked. We have previously only heard of his hideous form from Frankenstein, his prime enemy. Frankenstein?s instant dislike to the creature once his creation is finished, is a shock to the reader as he previously describe it as ?Beautiful!? with such enthusiasm and excitement. ...read more.

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His cowardly behaviour in not stepping forward with information about the creature at Justine?s trial, shows how weak willed and afraid he is. It also begs the question as to who is guiltier, the creature or the creator? Although not stating it blatantly, Frankenstein?s attitude indirectly shows the reader that he could blame himself also. He says things such as ?I was a wretch?, which is what he also refers to the creature as. Linking the two together makes the creature seem more human and Frankenstein more monstrous. The creature?s first words become as a shock to the reader as he is so well spoken and sounds extremely intellectual. We learn of his struggles and how he progressed from being an empty shell to a very human like thing. The way in which he learns through watching and listening to people makes him seem very childlike, making the reader see him as quite vulnerable and harmless. ...read more.

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Although the reader may understand the creature?s feelings, it is difficult to understand murder in any circumstance which I think is why Mary Shelley had him murder people rather than something less intense. It makes the reader think more about what in life should be valued, and how victor dismissed his family and friends when creating the monster. It is almost as if he deserves it, as he made the monster, rejected his family for years, and then refused to do as the monster said to secure his family?s safety. Could it be that Mary Shelley wants us to see Victor as the murderer and the monster, rather than the frustrated and lonely creature, who was simple unfortunate to be born, and especially in his form. I think that Frankenstein?s short comings in courage and morality make the reader sympathise with the creature, as he did not ask to be born, he simply was, due to Frankenstein?s need to create science. ...read more.

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