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Discuss the Importance of De lacey to the novel “Frankenstien” as a whole

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Discuss the Importance of De lacey to the novel "Frankenstien" as a whole De lacey's role in the novel "Frankenstien" by Mary Shelley starts in the chapters 11 to chapter 16. For in these chapters the monster was to learn so much about the human race and culture. In my essay I hope to cover some of the main points of the creatures 'education'. The first of these chapters, Chapter 11, the monster opens with vague memories of his first sights. He describes his first sensations: sight, sound, touch and smell. "A strange multitude of sensations seized me, and I saw, felt, heard and smelt." Strangely Shelley does not mention that the creature experiences the sensation of taste. I think that she left this out to suggest the fact that the monster does not need to eat or drink. It re-iterates the picture in the reader's mind that this creature is so much more powerful than man. After being chased out of the village the creature seeks refuge within a vast forest. He soon discovers the use and importance of fire. During this time he explores his senses more and more he feels fatigue, we then learn that he does need to eat and drink and Shelley describes him gradually to be more like humans than some alien race. ...read more.


He seeks refuge in a low hovel, which is close to a cottage. It is not until he reaches the cottage that he understands the emotion of love. His experiences observing this family show that he is capable of sympathy. He comes across as more humane than any other human. The next day he creeps out and sees a man outside but decides to stay there. He then sees a young girl with a pail on her head and a young man who takes the pail from her and carries it to the cottage. The monster finds a place in the cottage and remains there, unseen by any of the inhabitants. He observes them: there is an old blind man who plays the guitar excellently, a young girl who is busy cleaning the cottage and a young man who does the outdoor tasks. Later he reads aloud to the old man. But the monster cannot understand, as he is not yet familiar with language. The next day the monster finds them at their daily chores. But he sees they are unhappy . The monster steals some of their food, but he stops himself when he sees that they are hungry. Also the monster also chops wood and, unseen, performs other tasks for them. ...read more.


He has been living on the property of a French family by the name of De Lacey. This family is quite well known in France: Felix was a soldier, while Agatha figures among ladies of high distinction. They were once quite well off, but now they are in exile in Germany. This is all because of Safie's father, a Turkish merchant, was accused of betraying the French government, for which he was tried and imprisoned. Felix, who was present at the trial and enraged at the injustice he saw, decided to help him to escape from prison, and in the process, he fell in love with Safie. Her mother is a Christian Arab who had been enslaved by the Turks. A day before the execution, Felix helped the Turk to escape from Paris. Felix had passports for himself, Agatha and their father, who were residing in some obscure place in Paris. Felix took them through France to Lyon and across Mont Cenis to Leghorn, where the Turk tried to depart for Turkish territory. We can see here again how shelley is gently introducing masses of background information to prevent the reader from questioning anything she has written. Thanks to the De lacey family no questions are asked like - How can the monster talk? - forage and cook etc. I think that these chapters and the time he spent with the De Laceys for the monster are like primary school for a young child. ...read more.

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