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

Frankenstein Essay: How does Shelley present the creature between chapters 11 & 16?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Frankenstein Essay: How does Shelley present the creature between chapters 11 & 16? Having been rejected by Victor in chapter 10, despite pleading with him to "Make me happy and I shall again be virtuous" evokes pity in the reader. The monster seeks protection in the forest, and discovers how to use of fire but cannot make it. The humans he comes across react with fear because of the monsters vile appearance. Upon entering a peasants hut he is chased away by the villagers. The monster eventually finds shelter in a hovel adjoined to the De Lacey's cottage. Here we begin to see how innocent the monster really is. The people around him affect his psyche. As the demon has been rejected by his parent, he is without childhood and suffers from emotional deprivation because of this In chapter 12 the monster begins to learn from watching the De Lacey family. ...read more.

Middle

The monster ponders over the dual nature of man "at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so viscious and base." The Daemon then reflects on his own position, and orphan excluded from society. He then wonders about himself " I saw and heard none like me" "What was I?" he asks. In chapter 15 the Daemon is still only aware of goodness and not criminality. He finds three books, Paradise lost, , Plutarch, Sorrows of werther. From Werther the creature learns about sentiments, but questions his own identity, from Plutarch he learns about heroes of antiquity encouraging him with "high thoughts". The book also teaches him about, virtue and wickedness. He also discovers in the clothing he took from Victors laboratory , Victors journal from the months preceding the creation. From this he learns the repulsion felt for him by his creator and curses Victor for abandoning him. ...read more.

Conclusion

The monster despairs at having again been rejected and is full of anguish and rage at his mistreatment. He burns down the De Lacey's cottage. During his journey he rescues a young girl from drowning, but for his troubles a man with a gun wounds him. This further inflames his feelings of hatred for mankind. When he arrives on the outskirts of Geneva he sees a young child. He seizes him and attempts to make him a friend, believing - in conjunction of romantic poet William Blake - that as the child is young and innocent society will not yet have had sufficient time to impress prejudice upon him. However, the child turns out to be William and reveals himself to be a Frankenstein. Still desiring revenge the monster strangles William then takes a miniature of Caroline from the childs breast and takes it. He later comes across Justine sleeping in the barn and plants the miniature on her. The creature ends his narrative by demanding Frankenstein creates a female companion to be his mate. Richard Stephens 02/05/07 1 ...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. 'Frankenstein Essay' - With reference to chapters 11-16, trace the development and change in ...

    A little later his anger returns again when he reflects on how the De Lacey's abandoned him. He releases his fury by burning down the cottage, as he does so he dances round the flames with fury. After the cottage was destroyed the monster searched for refuge in the woods.

  2. 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.

  1. frankenstein essay

    This is very moving and makes the reader wish to help him; show him that he doesn't need to die, that there are other ways. The reader feels very sympathetic towards him because he has given up on life and only wants death.

  2. 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

  1. Frankenstein essay

    The Creature says "No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses". He had a childlike understanding of the world in which he was created; we can see this in the Creature's narration when he calls birds "little winger animals".

  2. How is the creature presented in chapters 11-16 of Frankenstein?

    The phrase emphasises that no-one could have the imagination to visualize anything as dreadful and hideous as the creature. Additionally, he mentions that Dante, who used to write about hell and the creatures that lived within, couldn't even think of anything like it.

  1. How is the creature presented in chapters 11-16 of Frankenstein?

    A baby will also have these qualities when he/she enters the world for the first time. So this quotation shows how Mary Shelley compares the monster to a new born baby. She has done this because it's another way to convey that the comments which were made by Frankenstein are just opinions not facts.

  2. Frankenstein Essay

    Yet, Mary Shelley chooses to use pathetic fallacy to reflect the mood of Dr. Frankenstein and to also warn you to expect the unexpected. Also Shelley uses words like "anxiety" and "agony" when describing Frankenstein. These two words alone show that all is not well and that something terrible is

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