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Consider with whom we feel the most sympathy in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Consider with whom we feel the most sympathy in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. "One to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart" this was Mary Shelley's intention when she created Frankenstein the definitive gothic novel .Though this was unheard of for a woman writing in 1816 she did just that. Influenced by the events around her, the new scientific developments and social unrest conveyed through her "depiction of Victor and through the monster she reveals an outraged awareness of social injustice and a passionate desire for reform." Throughout the novel we are given an image of monster and creator this is conveyed through the central characters. Shelley presents a tale of gothic horror in which we are given opportunities to feel sorry for both main characters; yet we are inclined to feel more sympathy for the monster who after all is a victim of a man essentially playing God. Throughout the novel Shelley plays with our psyche and sympathies as reader, but it is clear that the monster deserves our pity more than Victor. Victor was given a wonderful loving upbringing and was clearly a spoilt child "I was their plaything and their idol" whereas the monster had none of that; he was not loved by anyone, just Victor's mistake. ...read more.

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The creature has tried in vain to communicate with people on several occasions, but is always rejected. We come to understand why the monster is the way he is as he begins to learn by observing the De Lacey family. Through reading novel such as Milton's Paradise Lost he starts wondering about his existence and his isolation because of his apparent uniqueness "I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence." When the monster starts wondering about his origin we are compelled to feel empathy for him. It is obvious that he longs for some kindness, protection and company. These desires become even more evident when he reads the diary that Victor kept during hid creation, the monster learns that Victor was not at all happy with his creation "how can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe." This makes the monster feel even more lonely and abhorred, as he realises that his own creator could not even stand to look at him or even give him a real chance before he cowardly ran away to hastily forget about what he had done. As reader we now begin to feel anger towards Victor, it is his fault that the monster feels like this, and it is not fair. ...read more.

Conclusion

better he says that he was "the slave, not the master, of an impulse which I detested, yet could not disobey" The monster, just like Victor, reaches a point where no feelings are left except hatred. The monster is essentially the one going through the most torment he has to live with what he has done, seeing his creator dead on Walton's ship he shows remorse and with an immense self hatred he tells Walton that he will "consume to ashes this miserable frame." Nobody has won the novel ends and both die without satisfaction. The monster did not get a companion nor was he accepted, and Victor lost everything worth living for, they drove there selves to destruction, neither of them would give up as I stated earlier they created a vicious circle in which in the end consumed them both. The monster went through his life lonely and abhorred the only kind moment he had was with the blind De Lacy which was soon ruined by Felix, he did not enjoy his life and was only giving his creator a taste of what he was put through, this essentially is why as reader I believe the monster deserves our pity as nobody should go through life that miserable and despised, he had nobody to care for him at least Victor experienced happiness. Carla Wells ...read more.

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