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Explain how Mary Shelley makes us feel contrasting emotions towards the creature in "Frankenstein". In this essay I will be talking about the historical background of writer Mary Shelley and about her novel "Frankenstein". Mary Shelley was born on the 30th of August 1797. Mary Shelley's father was called William Godwin who was a Godwin and a philosopher. After Mary Shelley was born, Mary Shelley's mother Mary Wollstonecraft who was a feminist writer at the time died 4 weeks after Mary Shelley's birth. When Mary Shelley grew up she ran off with a poet called "Percy Bysshe Shelley" who was already married. Mary Shelley was very well educated. Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley had a baby girl in February in 1815 who unfortunately died almost a month later. The Shelley's went on holiday in about 1816. Mary Shelley had a dream that was used as the basis of "Frankenstein". It was very wet so a ghost writing competition was organised to pass time, it was then that Mary Shelley had written her novel "Frankenstein" Mary Shelley's ideas were inspired by developments in science and medicine which made people wonder if life could be created. ...read more.


Mary Shelley uses pathetic fallacy again in the novel when victor goes to the place where William was murdered...e.g. "the darkness and storm increased every minute and thunder burst with a terrific crash over my head"; he sees the creature "a flash of lightening..." .Victor reacted with shock thinking he had made the killer kill William. E.g. "He was the murderer! I could not doubt it". In the chapter of sympathy (chapter 11), we hear the creatures side of the story, "am I not alone, miserably alone?" this makes us feel extremely sorry for the creature and makes us think that it was not the creatures fault and was not the creatures decision to come into the world and have life so we cannot really blame the creature fully for what is going on. The creature was taken from villages to villages just because people were horrified of him as children shrieked and women had also fainted over seeing him. "Some attacked me until, grievously bruised by shoes...I escaped...". The creature was homeless and had nowhere to live; he had no roof under his head and desperately needed a roof over his head. ...read more.


The creature mean that if he cannot get someone to love and spend the rest of his life with neither will Victor. When the creature gets to Elizabeth (Victors wife) and kills her, Shelley uses a storm again to create a scary atmosphere and a horrific atmosphere. "She was there lifeless and inanimate, throw a cross the bed". Victor dies and Walton finds the monster by his body. The creature say's he regrets the killings but was provoked to do such doings. "I pitied Frankenstein...the important envy and bitter indignation as filled me with an insatiable thirst for vengeance". At this point i feel sorry for the creature only because he has no one left, otherwise I do not really feel sorry for the creature here because due to him Elizabeth had died and she had nothing to do with anything. Elizabeth was not at fault and was very unfair for the creature to kill her in such a brutal and insane way. So I think that the creature would just have to live with and put up with what he has done, and could have a tried a different way of trying to persuade Frankenstein of creating a female creature for him rather than threatening to kill his wife on his wedding night, which I think sounded very sick and extremely unfair. By Maryam Akhtar 10E ...read more.

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