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