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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. He has to learn all life theoretically through them. This resembles Shelley's own upbringing, she too knew the theory but not the affection. The creature begins to learn from the De Lacey's the basics of language from listening to them and begins to help

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