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Consider the effects of the monsters testimony. What themes does is address, what does it tell us about the monsters character? How does it make you feel about Frankenstein and the Delacey's?

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Consider the effects of the monsters testimony. What themes does is address, what does it tell us about the monsters character? How does it make you feel about Frankenstein and the Delacey's? Frankenstein is considered to be the greatest Gothic Romantic Novel. It is also generally thought of as the first science fiction novel. I have always been amazed by the fact that Mary wrote this novel when she was eighteen years old. The influence of Milton's Paradise Lost can be seen directly from the epigraph of the 1818 edition of Frankenstein: "Did I request thee, Maker from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee, from darkness to promote me?" The spirit of Paradise Lost permeates Frankenstein throughout the novel and particularly in his testimony. In chapter seven the monster says: "The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone." She even incorporated Paradise Lost into the novel by having it be one of the three works that the monster studied. The monster found a correlation between his condition and an aspect of the novel and stated: "Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other human being...I was wretched, helpless and alone. Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition." The monster tells Victor of the confusion he experienced upon first being created. He describes his gradual acclimation to the world through his discovery of the sensations of light, darkness, hunger, thirst, and cold. ...read more.

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They were both learning together and this could explain one of the reasons why the monster was so fond of her. The monster learnt more about the ways of the world and as his knowledge advanced like "spring advancing rapidly," he was able to compare the novels and decipher the papers which he had discovered in his pocket. Like Victor the monster was in search for truth and knowledge and the monster's eloquence and sensitivity also link him with Victor. It is somewhat surprising that this creature, which is referred to as a demon and a monster, is so articulate and seemingly well educated. This makes it easier for the reader to identify and sympathise with the monster, while narrowing the gap between the monster and Victor and other human beings. The monster shows great affection towards the De Lacey's because he feels he has got to know them, even though he is just an observer. "Benevolence and generosity were ever presented before me." This closeness could be expressed because they are the only portrayal of the human nature visible to him, and the monster is desperate to be a part of the joy that the family share together. He greatly aspires to humans: "To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being." This could explain his helpful and positive attitude towards the family: "I cleared their path from the snow and performed those offices that I had seen done by Felix." ...read more.

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Although towards the end of the novel the monster is presented as evil and unkind we are made to feel anguish towards him during the first part of his testimony. On many occasions he is described as lonely: "I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch." His main desire is to belong, to find someone who can return his affections, and he thought he had found that when he found the De Lacey's: "The more I saw of them the greater the desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures." He longs for a companion, someone who is like himself and who would not be disgusted by his appearance; someone who he can talk to and spend the rest of his life with: "I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me." The only way that this could possibly happen is by Frankenstein creating another monster, again defying the laws of nature and the role of God. However, the main empathy for the monster lies within his perception of his appearance: "I was endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome. The outward appearance of the monster is described by his creator: "his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath, his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing... his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips." He was very different to man and his tall wide stature was frightening to anyone who saw him. ...read more.

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