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Explain how the character of the monster develops throughout the novel. How does Mary Shelley use features such as language and structure to create and destroy sympathy?

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Explain how the character of the monster develops throughout the novel. How does Mary Shelley use features such as language and structure to create and destroy sympathy? The novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in the year 1818. Shelley began to write this novel during a summer vacation in the Swiss Alps, when unseasonably rainy weather and nights spent reading German ghost stories inspired the author and her literary companions, her husband Percy Bhysse Shelley and a friend Byron, to engage in a ghost story writing contest, of which this work is the only concluded product. The point Mary Shelley was trying to make about the world, society and human nature was that the world in which we live in and always live in is full of materialistic people, who judge on looks and not what is on the inside. As modern readers I do not know how people from that time would have reacted to Victor Frankenstein. At the time Religion may have been a focus point and so everyone may have been very religious and so by reading the idea of creating man may have been seen as blasphemous and therefore some may have seen this idea as preposterous and so may have seen Victor as a crazy silly person. ...read more.


So at this point you do not feel sympathy towards it because you find that based on looks that it is evil. However, if we as readers were to get to know the monster much more we might not feel in this way to it. We feel it is evil as it is told from Frankenstein's perspective and therefore if he doesn't like what he is created neither are we. Our feelings towards the monster change as the story progresses because of the different viewpoints. So when Victor Frankenstein describes the monster as a "wretch" (p.59) we feel no sympathy for the monster as it is evil from the start. However when the monster talks about himself and his feelings and such things we are to feel sympathy towards the monster. An example of this is when he says "But it is true that I am a wretch... I have murdered the lovely and the helpless" (p.224). So at this point you feel sympathy because you feel as if he is beginning to understand what he is and thus it is self evaluation and so u feel as if he I knowing what he is. Right at the end u feel the most sympathy for the monster as he says "I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men to misery (p.224)". ...read more.


Thus bringing up the point of materialism because if others were to see the monster they would get angry and feel hatred toward it, and he doesn't want that. The monster symbolises our own inner ugliness. The way this is that that is what some may feel like and treat others. So you could be good on the outside but absolutely horrible and terrible on the inside, and this way you feel ugly. It's just that it may be the opposite in the monsters case. This is because he looks ugly but he could be good on the inside. The novel is written in parts in a way. Three people tell the story these are the monster, Frankenstein and Walton. At each point the attitudes are different so that you see all the points of view. So When Frankenstein speaks he offers no sympathy for the monster but when the monster speaks you do feel sympathy for it. This is so that the theme of sympathy can come in many different ways. In conclusion, I think the monster develops a great deal as he speaks more and feels more of his emotions. I also find that you feel even more sympathy for it at the end as he loses his creator and may blame himself for his death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Muhammed Hashim Khan 10CS English group 10aEn1 Teacher Miss Pitts English Coursework: Prose Study - 1 - ...read more.

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