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Do you think Mary Shelly makes the reader fear or sympathize with the creature created by Victor Frankenstein

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Do you think Mary Shelly makes the reader fear or sympathize with the creature created by Victor Frankenstein? Mary Shelly's novel, Frankenstein, was published in the early 19th century. At the time, experiments involving electricity and anatomy were being carried out. The writer, Mary Shelly, makes us feel different emotions towards the creature. She does this by having the story told by the two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and Frankenstein's monster, for each half of the story. When Frankenstein is telling the story you either feel fear or hatred towards the creature because of the things he calls is like "devil" and "wretch" and the way he describes the monster as if its some kind of beast. However when the creature tells the story in his own words he makes you feel sympathy towards him and he says how he is treated and feels like an outcast or freak. Mary Shelly creates a state of fear towards the reader in the part of the story were Frankenstein brings his creature to life. Frankenstein is the narrator here and starts by saying, "It was on a dreary night of November," Having the completion of the creature and it being given life at night would give ...read more.

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To have someone you may have known since you were children or even just someone you've known for a couple of years, but they are your best friends because they are the only ones who would be your friend, die from a creature created by you. This must have devastated Frankenstein, first his younger brother that meant so much to him, then his wife Elizabeth who he loved and cherished more than life itself, and now his best friend sir Henry Clervel. For the first half of the story, Frankenstein is the narrator of the story and he describes to you how his creation is something to look out for to be aware of because there's no telling what he'll do, in other words the creature is something to 'fear' which is exactly what Mary Shelly is trying to make is feel towards the creature. But in the second half of the story, the creature himself is telling the story. Now his objective of telling the story is to make you feel and sympathize with him. He wants you to understand that it is not his desire to look the way he does and underneath his hideous outer layer lies a beautiful caring man that ...read more.

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After the death of Elizabeth Frankenstein remembered the previous words spoken by the monster "I will be with you on your wedding night" and now he realized that it wasn't to be his last night on earth it was to be his one true love. The story is well put together and I congratulate Mary Shelly on her well-written story. I don't think that the story could have been told in a more suited way, obviously this way may not work for other stories at each story will have its own way of telling itself. To have Frankenstein tell one half of the story to give us the sense of fear towards the creature and make us want to hate and detest the beast was the best thought up idea and for the other half of the story have the creature himself tell you about his travels and how he longs for a friend or companion to talk to about his misfortune was also a fantastic idea. The impact of my essay was to label the parts where Mary Shelly makes us feel or sympathize with the creature which she does thus answering the title question. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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