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Does Mary Shelly make us feel sorry for Frankenstein's monster?

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Does Mary Shelly make us feel sorry for Frankenstein's monster? The story of Frankenstein was written in the year 1818 by a very young woman called Mary Shelly, who wrote this as a horror story to entertain her husband. In the time this story was written, science was developing very rapidly. Many new things which were unheard of, like electricity, were being discovered. Some people were very excited to witness such things, while others were very fearful as they didn't know how far this science will go. Will it get to a point where god will no longer be needed because science is there to explain it all? Is there such a thing as God? These questions were troubling most people living in that time. Frankenstein is a story about a young man called Victor Frankenstein, a successful doctor's son, whose mother dies during childbirth. Devastated by his mother's death, Frankenstein tries to resolve this problem by putting an end to all death and suffering, He thinks the only way of doing this is to create life. As Frankenstein is set in the early twentieth century and the people living that time had strong beliefs in god, Victor Frankenstein's ideas were not very popular; ...read more.

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reflection one day, he was extremely shocked and upset; "I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers- their grace, beauty and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool!". As well as this the monster also learnt about the kind of problems this family was facing and as he considered himself as their friend tried his best to help them. "... if there was moon or the night was star light, I went into the woods and collected my own food and fuel for cottage. When I returned, as often it was necessary, I cleared their path from the snow and performed those offices that I had seen done by Felix." The monster also learns the fact that the poor family is also very thankful for everything that has been done for them and they think that a good spirit is helping them. "...I afterwards found that these labors, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words "good spirit "wonderful" but I did not understand the significance of these terms.". ...read more.

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When the monster finally did learnt to read it then discovered a note book in the pocket of the cloak it was still wearing which obviously belonged to Victor Frankenstein, as it read the book, the monster realized how it was created. This was the last straw for the monster; it now blamed Victor Frankenstein for all its misfortunes and planned for instant revenge. As the monster traveled from one place to another in search for Frankenstein he finally reached "... the environs of Geneva..." this was where Frankenstein originally lived. "It was evening when I arrived, and retired to a hiding-place among the fields ...At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen..." Seeing innocence of the child, the monster thought about the fact that "...this little creature was unprejudiced and had lived too short a time to have imbibed a horror of deformity." Therefore the monster thought that if he took the child to a place far away and trained him to be companion towards it then maybe it won't be as lonely. Thinking this the monster grabbed for the child ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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