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Explore the ways Mary Shelley presents the character of the monster in

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Homework Explore the ways Mary Shelley presents the character of the monster in "Frankenstein" By Jack Nathan 4E1 We are prepared for the arrival of the monster in many different ways, before he is created we know the monster is going to be a repulsive figure of a human being, but the reader is still intrigued into reading further, and because of Shelley's descriptive language we already feel disgust towards victors creation, and in doing so, we our-selves become just as callous as those people in the book that neglect Frankenstein's monster. Also because the monster was created by Victor using parts dug up from graves and morgues, and we associate graveyards with horror and death, there is immediately something sinister about the monster and to a point, Victor. The reader can already see the problems with creating artificial life in this way, and in the beginning of the novel, the reader is almost willing victor not to pursue his quest for knowledge, but victor is blinded by his own arrogance to stop and think carefully about what he is about to do. This is when Victor the man becomes separated from Frankenstein the scientist. "I saw how the fine form of man was degraded and wasted" Victor despises death, and his mind is occupied incessantly with it, and after the demise of his mother, victor cannot escape it, and subconsciously he dedicates his life towards combating the process. ...read more.

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part of the development of the monster and of the story, the blind man is not afraid of the monster because he can not see his hideous features, the Monster and the old man take a liking towards each-other, Shelly is showing that is does not matter what a person looks like, its what on the inside that counts, soon the other members of the family return, and "who can describe their horror on beholding me", the son attacks the monster, but instead of fighting, the fiend is overcome with "pain and anguish", and quickly runs out into the forest. This is also a significant part of the story, because it shows how much the monster has come to despise Victor "my feelings were those of rage and revenge", the monster's new found emotions spiral out of control, at one point he contemplates suicide "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence that you so wantonly bestowed?" Soon after this Victor receives a letter from his father, informing him of Victor's brother's death. Victor is overcome with grief, and travels back to his family to comfort them, on his way back, he sees the monster running over the mountain tops, he immediately blames the monster for the murder of his brother "Could he be (I shuddered at the conception) ...read more.

Conclusion

The monster is sad at the death of Victor, because when you take away everything that happened, Victor was the monster's father, And now his father and enemy was dead, the monster has got nothing to live for, his life was based around making Victor's one a misery, now he really has got nothing. This is a brilliant ending, as it 'closes all the doors' the book opened. The monster still despises Victor but loves him also, and is racked with grief, the monster leaves vowing to kill himself on his own funeral pyre, and this proves the monster's level of misery "I shall no longer feel the agonies which now consume me" The reader reacts in many different ways towards the monster, first there is sympathy because of his dreadful up-bringing but then that sympathy I lost because of the monster's violent nature. The main question is would the monster have turned out so evil if Victor had given it a caring home and an education? The monster's 'child-hood' is of great contrast to Victor's but not of Mary Shelley's, who had a traumatic up-bringing, her mother died at an early age, and her step-mother neglected and abused her. Victor's was one of happy memories and fun, he was never pressured into doing anything, this shows the necessity of a good up-bringing, but it begs the question, are some people inherently bad? ...read more.

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