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Frankenstein - How is the monster portrayed in Chapters 11-16 of the novel?

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Frankenstein How is the monster portrayed in Chapters 11-16 of the novel? Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley in the late 17th century which depicts a story about a scientist in Geneva who becomes obsessed with creating life. In his journey he comes across some notes of a professor in which specific notions on creating a living creature are contained. With these notes and his wild imagination Frankenstein puts together parts of corpses and revolutionises science by successfully creating a living creature. However, all is not merry, as Frankenstein realises his creation is disparate to human beings but that he has transformed what was once a dead corpse into a wretched monster. After abandoning his creation and later trying to kill it so as to cover up his unworthy work, Frankenstein effectively drives the monster out of his lab to fend for himself. At the end of Chapter 10 the reader is given Frankenstein's view of his creation; he says 'breathless horror and disgust filled my heart' at this very point we begin to see Frankenstein's dream to create life disappear and the reader is left feeling as horrified and disgusted as Frankenstein, towards the monster. Frankenstein continues his horrid reaction by stating 'a thing such as Dante could not have conceived' this phrase puts to light the actual horror of the monster because Frankenstein states that even Dante, a fantasist of evil, was not able to come up with such a creation. ...read more.

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'Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all man fled, and whom all men disowned?' the monster is able to understand his position in the human society here, as he examines the actual creature that he is presented as to humans. As the monster gains further intelligence and begins to experience and understand more about humans and himself, he stops questioning himself and begins to look for sources and the solutions to his problems. He begins with the fact that he was bought to life miraculously unlike humans who come from their mothers and he also realises that he has not grown at all in the period of his existence. However, the requirement to fulfil his needs is the topic on which he takes most interest and sees as a way of happiness and comfort. 'I had never yet seen a being resembling me, or who claimed any intercourse with me.' In this sentence alone we see that the monster is greatly troubled by his solitary self and seeks a partner of his type. From here on we see the monsters journey for a partner and an equal. At the end of the monsters story of his adventure we are able to see the real intensity of this need of the monster to please himself with a partner. Even after the monster successfully murders Frankenstein's brother with his own hands he is still relieved of his anger by the picture of a women on his victim's locket. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is very skilfully presented by Shelley; at first we are presented with the gruesome image of the monster and later on we see that Frankenstein has no control over it as he begins to torment him and later forces him to make a partner with the same defects. Another message apprehended by Shelley is that all humans must feel that they belong to society or else they will begin to disperse and that loneliness creates despair which can trigger to violence and destruction. This view is cleverly put to the monster as we see his struggle for acceptance from Frankenstein at the very end even after being neglected by him at first. Also, it proves that humans need to be supported and loved throughout their life. At first the monster needs Frankenstein to teach him to communicate and to discharge his hunger and by the end the monster is need of acceptance from society and fulfil his newly found desires. This is also acceptable for the philosophy that men are born decent but are made evil by society a view which Shelley captured herself. Furthermore, Frankenstein was written by Shelley at a time when science was in rapid progress and so it may have been to express her fears of the consequence of such revolution. The underlying message of Frankenstein is that society makes humans what they are and that if society accepts us then we will be able to live as we please and that the immoral characteristics of humans are bought by negligence and despair. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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