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'Explore how we view creature based on what Victor says, and on what creature says.'

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Explore how we view the creature, based on what Victor says, and on what creature says. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, which was a time when human experiments were growing and Shelley wanted to give people a message. This gothic horror is referred to as Modern Prometheus as Doctor Frankenstein tried to create life with the invention of electricity; and only god should create life. The story is written in embedded narrative- as it starts off with Walton's letter which is the frame of the story; and both Dr. Frankenstein's and the creature's narratives(story) follows within the frame of Walton's letter. Mary Shelley has put in both sides of the story (Dr. Frankenstein and Creature) to make it fair in both sides of the story. This has made it hard to define who the victim is and who the villain is as the readers opinions keep changing in different narratives... The first few chapters Walton hears Frankenstein's story. His mother died when he was seventeen, and this lead him more on bringing back life as he was interested in science, experiments and knowledge. Elizabeth was the girl who was adopted by Frankenstein's dad and has a great relationship with Frankenstein as they grew up together. Now, Frankenstein has to leave to Ingolstadt for further education; he leaves for his mission of creating life as he attends Ingolstadt. ...read more.


During Justine's questionings Frankenstein mentions- "During the whole of this wretched mockery of justice, I suffered living torture" implies Frankenstein is suffering guiltiness. Not only the death of William he has got to grieve about but also the false person accused for the murder-when it's his entire fault. Frankenstein is facing a dilemma: - Unable to tell neither the truth nor wanting poor Justine to be accused. Justine self-confesses a lie and faces death in the following chapters. This only makes Frankenstein's situation worse as Shelly compares Justine's innocent death being peaceful while Frankenstein alive with a heavy weight on shoulders. As a reader it's obvious to think that all readers would classify the last few chapters in Frankenstein's narrative to be a victim causing him all troubles. But in my opinion I believe he's both a villain and a victim. He is a villain who tried to control nature and ended up being a victim of it. From chapter eleven Monster's narrative starts. I was very anxious about reading the monster's narrative from his point of view. The embedded narrative has been very effective so far, as it makes the reader read on and incidents mentioned before in the Frankenstein's narrative become clearer. The first few chapters that leads monster's narrative is about his different experiences almost as a baby: - who's facing the world for the first time. The reader feels more sympathetic towards the characters experiences as he was abandoned by Dr. ...read more.


He grasps the boy's throat to silence him and the boy dies. I do not think he intended to murder the child until he found out the child was a relative of Dr. Frankenstein. The monster sees the locket in Williams' dead body, and gets attracted to the portrait of a beautiful woman in the locket: - Williams' mother. He fled away from the murder and gets inside a cottage he finds Justine lying on some straw asleep: - while the monster tries to awake her to get some affection and remembers the responds he's experienced before. He also fears that she might awake and find out his murder of William. He immediately remembers a solution from what he's heard and learned from the cottage he dwelled before; and leaves the locket in her pocket and flees away. In this way the the monster becomes a villain as in later in the novel he kills Clerval and his wife Elizabeth for refusing his request of creating him a creature of his opposite sex (in chapter seventeen). In my opinion I think monster was a victim of Frankenstein who tried controlling nature: - resulting a deformed monster. But as time past by the creature turned to a villain despite his extreme and cruel experience of a victim. Surely Shelly wanted people to understand how a human could eventually become a villain of creating life (controlling nature) and become a victim of it as the nature (monster) controlled Frankenstein's life- if the idea of giving life with the invention of electricity continued in 1816. ...read more.

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