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Which character does the reader have most sympathy for: Frankenstein or his creation? By Jessica Ringrose,Y10 Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein was first published in 1818, at the time it was inappropriate for women to be writers so it was published anonymously. If she had published it under her name the novel would not have sold and she would have been ridiculed for it. Mary Shelly's life was very troubled, many of her family members tragically died, this is reflected in her novel, many other things in the novel also relate to her life and the times she lived in. The point of this essay is to discuss how shelly manages to gain sympathy for Frankenstein and his creation with the story line, also the language and literature, how she plays with our feelings and emotions thought out the novel, after reading the novel the reader must make up their own mind who they feel most sympathy for because it is not obvious who shelly intended us to fell the most sympathy for. In my opinion Frankenstein's creation/the monster deserves more sympathy than Frankenstein himself. ...read more.

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In chapter 11 is when we first really meet the monster. He has found Victor and has taken him to a cave where he is trying to explain to victor what his life has been like and why he killed Victors little brother William. In one particular sentence our hearts really go out to the monster this is when he says to victor "I was a poor helpless, miserable wrench; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but the feeling of pain invaded me on all sides, I sat down and wept." As well as what the sentence is actually meaning the language is designed to make us feel sorry for the monster. The sentence has been chopped up into small sections of two - three words; this has an effect on us because it is sharp and makes us feel uneasy because it does not flow well. The monster has a kind side he helped some poor people by bringing in wood for them at night so that they could spend the day repairing the cottage and cultivating the garden. By doing this he earned there favor but they had not seen him yet. ...read more.

Conclusion

She managed to make the novel interesting with her different use of language. When the book was first published it would have gained a lot of interest because some of the things that were written related to what was going on in the world at the time. Many parts of Frankenstein related back to Mary's own personal experiences, she used what was going on in the world around her. Many example of this can be found though out the book. For instance Mary had a few children all but one died before adulthood, her husband drowned at sea. Victor Frankenstein losses all of his close family this is possible because of the pain Mary felt because she lost hers to. She has used many different styles of writing to make us feel sympathy for the two characters. She used pathetic fallacy when ever the monster came in, it was always rainy and dark. She used different sounds like when some thing horrible was being said the words contained harsh sound instead of soft sounds. All the little things she did to make us feel sympathy for one of the characters really work even thought to most readers they go un-noticed. ...read more.

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