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I am malicious because I am miserable

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"I am malicious because I am miserable" Frankenstein or also known as "The Modern Prometheus" was published by Mary Shelly in March 1818. Mary had a life full of trouble and suffering. Her mother died a few days after she has born and two years later her father married again. At a very young age Mary married and had a baby which died a few days after birth. The origin of the model Probably "Frankenstein" is born from a Mary's anxieties abouth her role of mother, from the death that surrounded her life, but also from other stories such as Paradise Lost and The Bible . Shelley wrote Frankenstein as a series of framing narratives: one narrator's story told within the framework of another narrator's story, but within the story I feel that Shelly has padded the book a lot with bits that aren't necessary. When Frankenstein first had his plan to create the creature it was with the intention of creating life and although misguided was quite virtuous. ...read more.

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He explains his fair and his survival by instinct. Shelly again talks about the misery of the creature who at this point has done nothing wrong. " I was a poor , helpless, miserable wretch" slowly as the creature learned more about this senses he needed more comfort than just food and water. He describes some joy as he experiences first the moon, birds singing and the discovery of fire. Encounters with humans fuel his misery as he is scorned and driven from town. He is frightened and finds refuge beside a little cottage. Over the next few months he watches the family inside and grows in his ability to understand his feelings. He shows kindness to the family by collecting firewood for them and genuinely wants to have friendship and companionship from them but is frightened by the fear of rejection. During this time, as spring turns to summer' the creature even has moments of joy. "my spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature;... the future gilded by bright rays of hope and anticipations of joy." ...read more.

Conclusion

His pleading wins Frankenstein round and the creature is contented that companionship would make him happy. "Oh! My creator, make me happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefit!" his joy is short lived however, when his mate is destroyed by Frankenstein. This is the point were the creatures malice is at its worst. He abandons all traces of humanity and murders Elizabeth on their wedding night so that Frankenstein will suffer the misery and loneliness which the creature has felt all his life. By the end of the novel Frankenstein urges Walton to kill the miserable creature. In reality however, Walton is unable to do so as he feels only pity for the creature. With the death of Frankenstein, the creature's misery is complete and he commits suicide in order to release himself of the pain of his miserable existence. Shelly's novel invokes a sense of pity for the creature as his miserable life led him to do malicious things. If he had enjoyed the love and companionship of others he would not have resorted to murder and the destruction of his creator. ...read more.

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