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'For a modern reader, the creature evokes pity in the end rather than fear'. How do you respond to Mary Shelley's presentation of the creature?

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'For a modern reader, the creature evokes pity in the end rather than fear'. How do you respond to Mary Shelley's presentation of the creature? Mary Shelley's presentation that 'the creature evokes pity in the end rather than fear' is a view that is shared by many readers, including myself. Although naturally, many people would not agree with her presentation as everyone has a different perspective on the novel's events, and everyone will have their own personal view on what feelings and emotions the creature evokes. Also many people may find it hard to see past all the evil the creature has committed by murdering innocent victims that they will find it difficult to pity the creature and still fear it. Also people may find it hard to change their views and opinions so drastically form fear to pity. There are many reasons which cause me to respond to Mary Shelley's presentation of the creature in the same way as she does. From the first time that the monster is introduced to us (the readers), it is hard to feel any emotions of pity towards it, as we are immediately exposed to Frankenstein's reaction, which is that of horror, fear and disgust:- "breathless horror and disgust filled my heart". ...read more.

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When talking of the De Lacey family the creature says: - "...when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys". The only thing that distinguishes him form other human beings is the way he looks and the way he was created. The story shows us what can happen to human nature when it is deprived of all forms of communication and love from others. The creature's motive may have been because it was denied basic needs of communication and love from others, so it resorts to evil doings. Also because he was abandoned and was never taught morals or values, we can maybe understand why he chose to act the way he did, or one may even begin to wonder if he felt he had any choice at all. But because of this, pity is evoked upon us by the creature. Another reason which causes us to pity the creature is the fact that the monster has no companion, no friends and no family. Early on we realise that 'family' plays a very important role in the novel. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here we feel a huge sense of pity towards the creature as the way he looks is not his fault and people do not even give him a chance to prove them wrong and to show them that their views on him are unfair and unsubstantiated. The creature's unfortunate circumstances force him to use his aggression against people. How can he be expected to respect or love people when they show him no respect and loathe him? It is only then that he uses his strength, and becomes inflamed by a desire for vengeance. By the end of the novel in Walton's last letter, we see the poor pathetic being that the creature has become, who has stooped so low as to murder innocent people in order to inflict revenge upon Frankenstein, and we cannot help but pity him. Also because we know what he has been through and endured, such as rejection and deprivation of companionship. We do not fear him, but pity this wretched creature for all that he has been through. And in the end we know that the monster does regret putting his creator through the torment that he went through. ...read more.

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