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Frankenstein develop and shelly uses language to create and destroy sympathy

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Explain how the character of the monster develops throughout the novel. How does Shelley use features such as language and structure to create and destroy sympathy? Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote 'Frankenstein' in 1818. The novel tells of Victor Frankenstein, a student of the occult, and of the subhuman monster that he created using parts of corpses from years gone by. Victor Frankenstein wanted to create the ultimate 'super-human'. Instead he creates a being which is frowned upon by society because of the way the monster looks and in some ways considered 'sub-human'. Mary Shelley, in her novel makes a variety of points about the world, society and human nature. The novel focuses on emotions and feelings such as prejudice, ambition, humility and ostracism. As the novel was written in 1818, the author focuses on ideas about religion and science during that period of time. The fact that Frankenstein tried to create a human which would exceed that of a normal human would contribute to the argument that Frankenstein tried to play God. This would in some ways, anger the early nineteenth century English population as, at the time, it was a very Christian country. ...read more.

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He talks about how he found a fire and "was over come with delight at the warmth" that he felt. However, he also tells of how he put his hand into the fire, and pulled it out again in pain. "In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain". In the coming chapters, the monster learns how to speak. The monster has found a hut to live in and finds Felix, Agatha and the blind father. He also find out about the way Frankenstein felt towards him. "My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean?" This shows a way Shelley makes the reader feel sympathy towards the monster. She does this by using his realisation of his negative reality. The fact that the monster has imprisoned himself in the cottage symbolises his fear to come out and experience the world. This symbolises imprisonment. The monster gets attacked by Felix when Felix sees the monster trying to talk to Felix's father. The monster is captivated by this when he realises that Felix's father does not neglect him and show him violence. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the novel, Frankenstein becomes just as evil as the monster from doing what he did. Mary Shelley's use of words to describe the monster by other characters also helps us to sympathize with the monster. She uses words and phrases such as "wretch", "the object", "daemon" and "it". They help to sympathize with the monster as it procures the monsters sense of identity. The structure of the novel plays an important part in the novel. It is structured in a certain way. The novel starts with the end of the story then continues onto the beginning of the story and then finishes off with the monster running away to his death. The novel is written in retrospect as to give the reader a viewpoint of all the two contrasting views: the monster and Frankenstein and also to give a 'neutral' view: this is represented by Captain Walton's retrospect. Today "Frankenstein" is a novel which is enjoyed by many. This is because of its many themes throughout the novel and how they are represented in a nineteenth century environment. The complex characters and the way the author switches the reader's sympathy from character to character also give the novel and extra edge. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sasha Jones ...read more.

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