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Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and looking at how she manipulates the reader to favour the creature and feel sorry for him and make the reader feel anger towards Victor

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I will be writing about Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and looking at how she manipulates the reader to favour the creature and feel sorry for him and make the reader feel anger towards Victor. Mary Shelly was very interested in three things in her life time and she shows these I her novel using the characters for example: Good Parenting, she gives Victor great parents as they loved and adored him but Victor goes against what he said in earlier life and he runs away from, what you could call his son, so therefore the creature becomes evil. Also Mary Shelly was interested in the origins of evil; she believed in Jean Jacque Rousseau's theories of man being born innocent but becomes corrupted by his treatment by society and also she was interested in his theory of the "noble savage" which goes "man is born free and is everywhere in chains" she also uses the theme in the novel as the creature is innocent at first but becomes evil because of how he is treated. Mary is also interested in the power of nature compared to man as she talks about the most extreme places e.g. ...read more.


This statement also points towards the romanticism about the power of nature over man. Victor's abandonment of the creature goes against what he believed as he says in chapter 4 "a new species would bless me as its creator and source" but he does not give the creature a chance to bless him as he runs away from him and leaves him to learn to live on his own. Mary Shelly, though, believed in good parenting but does not give this to the creature. At first, in chapter 5 Victor describes the creature as "beautiful!" but then immediately changes his opinion to saying that creating the creature made "Horror and disgust filled my heart". Mary Shelly uses three narrators in the novel to give the reader three points of view so the reader can choose themselves who is right and wrong and who is good and evil as each point of view tells the story in a different way and style. Also Mary Shelly makes Victor too ambitious which in my point of view makes him evil to the creature when he realises that "the Beauty of the Dream had vanished". In chapter 4 Victor says "A new source would bless me as its creator and source" which makes him seem, to the reader, "cocky" and desires greatness and power. ...read more.


In chapter 11 the creature tells us of a fire he finds and he tries to create one for himself he tries for a good while but then gives up and he knows when to quit but Victor does not as in chapter 4 Victor realises he should not go any further and he begins to see the evil in what he is doing but still his ambition forces him forward to finish and his first experiments on brining dead animals to life were successful but he doesn't know when to stop and pushes it to create a human. The creature's words and language is much more friendly, gentle and simple and Victor is complicated, angry and mean which makes the reader feel sympathy towards the creature and anger towards Victor. Mary Shelly in my point of view is very manipulative and creates thoughts in the head of the reader to feel sympathy for the creature and anger to Victor and Mary creates this attitude by using both points of view, but to be fair, how victor reacts to the creature is how most people would: scared, frightened and, then after the creatures murdering spree, hatred. But overall Mary Shelly has done very well in manipulating the reader and does it without the reader knowing. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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