• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Frankenstein essay

Extracts from this document...


Which character does the reader have the most sympathy for: Victor Frankenstein or his Creature? In this essay I aim to explore how the writer Mary Shelley uses literary techniques, language and tone to make the reader feel sympathy for both Victor Frankenstein and his creature. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1818 during an early phase of the Industrial Revolution, at a time of dramatic advances in science and technology. The idea that creation rebels against its creator can be seen as a warning that the application of science can lead to unintended consequences. The novel Frankenstein explores the ability to be able to bring a lifeless being back to life. Victor Frankenstein discovers how this can be done and creates a creature, completely unaware of the consequences that follow. The story has a huge impact on modern society, and has opened up a huge debate on modern day cloning. Some scientists have said that unlocking the key to cloning will represent the greatest human achievement since the discovery of fire. Other people may disagree and think that cloning is bad purely because it does not involve the "sacred" union of a man and a woman, and because it leaves God out of the creation process. ...read more.


He genuinely believed that bringing life into an inanimate object would benefit humanity, and was disgusted and shocked when he realised what he had created, "the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart". The reader beforehand had been informed at how hard he had worked on this project, and how it was his lifelong dream to be able to bring something back to life, and the reader cannot help but feel sympathy for Frankenstein when the creature does not turn out as he had hoped. Frankenstein says "I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me". At the end of the day Frankenstein's creation was a scientific experiment, it was not brought into the world to be loved or sympathised with. After he created the creature and realised that it was a big mistake. He demonstrates a sense of remorse for his actions and feels guilty about creating the monster. Even as the Creature gained life it was obvious to see that Frankenstein was drained from it, "I was lifeless, and did not recover my senses for a long time." ...read more.


The monster shows he is depressed with himself and his life. The fact that the Creature is not given a name by Frankenstein alienates the Creature further. Instead it is referred to by words such as 'monster', 'creature', 'daemon', 'fiend', and 'wretch'. When Frankenstein speaks with the Creature in chapter 10, he addresses him as 'devil', 'vile insect', 'abhorred monster', 'fiend', 'wretched devil' and 'abhorred devil'. Such language focuses the reader on how society as a whole knew him. These words have a greater impact as the speaker is the one person who should have found it possible to love the creature despite his failings. In conclusion I think the reader has the most sympathy for the Creature, Victor Frankenstein's creation. The creature is neglected by Frankenstein since its birth and has no-one to teach or love him. Mary Shelley also makes the reader feel sympathy for Victor Frankenstein with the action of the Creature causing the deaths of Frankenstein's loved ones and blackmailing Frankenstein into creating a female companion for the Creature. However the most amount of sympathy is felt for the Creature, I believe that bringing life into the world and then acting if it was never born is completely unforgivable. All throughout the novel the Creature is paying for Frankenstein's mistakes in playing 'God' and creating something completely unaware of the consequences. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Frankenstien essay

    The creature is beautiful yet ugly; the child he has produced is unnatural. In the story Mary Shelley describes Frankenstein the monster as having both good and bad qualities. Frankenstein the monster has limbs that were in 'proportion'. So even though he was a giant being he had arms and legs to match.

  2. With whom do you sympathise with more - Frankenstein or the Creature?

    Because of this feeling of guilt and helplessness, Frankenstein drowns in a pool of loneliness, sorrow and remorse, and seeing him in this depraved state draws sympathy from the reader. After these events, the reader feels certain revulsion towards the creature, for having murdered such a "sweet child".

  1. Who, in your opinion, is the real monster of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Is it ...

    He is shown to have a likeness to prehistoric man in that he has to learn everything himself. His first encounter with a human other than his creator is an anonymous old man. Upon seeing the creation, the man flees immediately, afraid.

  2. What Is The Significance Of Mary Shelley Giving The Subtitle 'The Modern Prometheus' To ...

    In the same way Frankenstein takes the power of life from God, into his own hands. He also thought that his experiments would bring purity and hope to all humankind, as the French thought they would be able to do by rebelling.

  1. Frankenstein essay

    This means that in its view Frankenstein is its father. This means that the monster reaches out to him for comfort and shelter. "...one hand was stretched out," This quote shows the monster reaching for Frankenstein. However Shelley deliberately leaves the action open for interpretation as an animal attack to

  2. For Whom Does the Reader Feel More Sympathy: Victor Frankenstein or The Creature?

    It allows the reader to see similarities between the two characters, such as they both abandoned their domesticated lifestyle for adventure and the quest for knowledge this isolates them from their family and friends. They are driven by obsession, pushing the boundaries and dreams.

  1. Frankenstein essay

    As he travels back to Geneva to comfort his grieving family- he catches a glimpse of the creature in a thunderstorm among the rocky boulders of the mountains, and is convinced that it killed William. He then returns to his family, only to learn that a faithful, well respected and adored maid called Justine has been accused of the murder.

  2. Appropriations of Frankenstein

    Film: Young Frankenstein (1974) Synopsis: Fredrick Frankenstein is a young brain surgeon and medical lecturer trying not to live in the shadow of his infamous grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. However, this proves to be difficult when he is taken to his grandfather's estate in Transylvania to collect his inheritance.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work