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Discuss the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley. My aim is to decide if the reader has more sympathy for Victor Frankenstein or his creature.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley In this essay I am going to discuss the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley. My aim is to decide if the reader has more sympathy for Victor Frankenstein or his creature. The full title of the novel is Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is the creator of the monster and Prometheus was the titan who created mankind, making them similar as they have both created life. The inspiration for this novel came from writing for a competition with Shelley and her friends to see who could produce the best story. This novel tells the tale of a talented young inventor Victor Frankenstein who has intentions of bringing back life. To do so he steals parts from dead bodies to eventually link together and form a being that he would be able to experiment with for scientific purposes. This dream was not fulfilled as a so called monster was created. The creature did not live up to becoming a perfect being or beautiful in any way, he becomes depressed and lonely and escapes from his creator. The main characters in this novel are Victor Frankenstein, the monster and Robert Walton. The monster tells his story from his own point of view and expresses deep feelings towards the new world and his creator. Robert Walton is the narrator of the story, he writes letters to his sister to tell her what has happened to him. ...read more.

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not spoken of , however when we read the extracts of the novels, regarding the monsters feelings we find out that his emotions are quite powerful. Mary Shelley gives him a personality and wants him to be accounted for . We discover that he is similar to normal human beings as he fears the consequences and rejection and wants to be liked This emphasises the sympathy for the monster. In the final speeches Walton feels more sympathy for Frankenstein. "I pitied Frankenstein my pit amounted to horror" he feels that it is unfair that Frankenstein dies as a result of trying to create good. This affects the readers sympathy for Frankenstein. In this novel I think Frankenstein is a victim because he created a monster that has caused havoc to mankind. When he set about this challenge he did not predict that this would happen, however he should have thought about the consequences. This must increase sympathy for Frankenstein. He says he created this monster to work on cures and medicines for the people, however I think it was for him to boast about and up his status. I think he feels he is a hero and the public will love him for his achievements. This dream only backfired on him as the life form he created lead to his downfall. His creation did not accept him as a father "between you and me we are enemies begone, or let us try our strength in a fight in which one must fall", it is hard to nurture him when no positive bond has been created. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, his actions were justified due to his suffering and lack of knowledge he says "have I not suffered enough that you seek to increase my misery" - how can you be considered to be evil if you were unaware of what evil actually is. He was incapable of knowing the difference between good and evil at such an early stage of development. I think as a reader we have the most sympathy for the creature because he is only a child wrapped up in a disgusting body. He has a great lack of knowledge stepping into a world and left alone so soon . He did not have a proper family or upbringing and had no real identify nor even having a name treated just like a wild animal. This is shown in Chapter 10 when Frankenstein says "Abhorred monster fiend that thou art", he is showing his dislike for the creature to which he has given no name. All these points leave the reader having more sympathy for the monster than Frankenstein. Frankenstein created his own turmoil and had status to redeem himself, the creature was a victim straight away and a victim before he could justify anything. Furthermore he does not have the knowledge to turn his misfortune, or a mother for a proper upbringing. The creature did not start out his life with a proper family and was left alone, this would be an impossible test for any being complied with his lack of understanding I think he did well to even stay alive. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Draper English ...read more.

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