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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Explain how the characters of the monster develop throughout the novel. How does Mary Shelley use features such as language and structure to create and destroy sympathy for the monster?

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Explain how the characters of the monster develop throughout the novel. How does Mary Shelley use features such as language and structure to create and destroy sympathy for the monster? In this essay, I am going to examine Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. When the novel was written in 1817, the world was unbalanced. In England the industrial revolution was about to start. This meant that hundreds of workers were out of work. I think that Mary Shelley was trying to give the message that people should not be treated unfairly because of their appearance. When the book was written Mary Shelley was only 21. Her mother who was a feminist writer, which was unusual at the time, heavily influenced Mary Shelley. I think Mary Shelley wrote about Victor and his extraordinary experiments because she had also tried out ludicrous experiments similar to the ones that Victor performed. When Mary Shelley wrote the novel, she was staying in Lake Geneva. ...read more.

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A key element was the murder of Elizabeth and her son. This is true because we think the monster is an evil killing machine that has to be stopped. This opinion is reversed later in the novel when he asks for a partner. The reader feels sympathy and believes the monster is lonely. The setting of the play affects the characters and the scenes at which they are set. In a scene in chapter 12, the monster is telling his feelings about life to Victor. At this point, the weather changes to become cloudy, stormy and rainy. This tells us that the scene is negative and that the monster will proclaim his feelings about being bought into this cruel world. Later in the play, Victor had been chasing the monster in revenge for his losses. This scene is set in the cold arctic. This makes the reader feel sympathy and that isolation is a problem for the monster. It also tells the reader that something bad is about to happen. ...read more.

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The revenge factor in the novel brings the true side of Frankenstein. Victor is torn between staying or following the monster to the end of the world. However, at the end Frankenstein becomes as evil as the monster. This happens when Frankenstein is chasing the monster. He becomes evil because of his revenge factor. The symbolism in the novel is evident. Imprisonment affects the monster as he is trapped in the De lace family. The monster is trapped in the De Lacy's home because he is scared of how they will react if they find out he is living there. The readers also are influenced by this as they feel sympathy for the monster because he cannot go out and meet people. The reader later also feels happy for the monster when he meets the grandfather of the family. The monster also symbolises our own inner ugliness. This is the way that we treat people. The monster symbolises this because the monster treats people badly after his mistreatment. The monster treats people unlawfully because he feels he can. The monster feels like this because of how the public rejected him as part of their society. ...read more.

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