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Frankenstein's creation is it a creature or indeed a monster?

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Frankenstein Assignment Whether Frankenstein's creation is a creature or indeed a monster is a key factor of the novel as a whole. Mary Shelley successfully uses language to create and manipulate the reader's opinion of this nameless creation. Frankenstein is from a well respected and well educated family; "my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic". This immediately gives the reader the impression that he will be a benevolent character. The reader feels sympathy for Frankenstein when his mother dies as it is very hard for him "The despair that is exhibited on countenance..." It is obvious that this affected Frankenstein deeply, which lead to the creation of the being. His intentions were good; "If I could banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death". His mother's death spurred on his ambition to do this, which lead to him becoming so engrossed in his work that he forgot all about society and morals. Just before the creation of the creature Mary Shelley creates a semantic field of superstition leading to decay using words associated with religion and death "the churchyard to me was merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life," This links in directly to Frankenstein's loss of morals and shows how he is beginning to lose touch with humanity. ...read more.

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"I imagine that they would be disgusted, until by my gentle demeanour and conciliatory words, I should first win their favour and afterwards their love." When the creature makes friends with the old man, the reader empathises with the happiness the being felt at being accepted "Every minute was precious to me". The being is full of fear at the same time as he knows that if he fails to win the family's friendship he is "an outcast in the world forever". The cottagers return and beat him violently with a stick in an attempt to rid him from their home and the monster doesn't even fight back because he loves them so much. This makes the reader feel very sad and sympathetic towards the being. Also they will empathise with what he is feeling as the family were presented as a kind and benevolent group, so this change in character would help the reader see how the being feels. It makes it worse that such a kind family reject him. From this point onwards the being's character changes. He becomes more like the evil monster which Frankenstein had described. "...despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. ...read more.

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When he began to find his hatred he was like a rebellious teenager, and when he reflected on what he'd done and admitted he was wrong, he was the adult. All through his life he was rejected. However to readers of Shelley's era, Frankenstein would probably appear evil as he was 'doing the unimaginable'. This may have caused some people to reject the book because of its subject and how it deals with the issue of 'usurping god' and how humanity deals with deformities in humans. Reactions to the being would be a lot different today; society is not tied to religion as strongly as it was then so he probably would be accepted as a largely disfigured human. People would be a lot more reserved in their reactions to him, it is unlikely that anyone would scream in horror and run away at the sight of him but some people still may try and avoid him and he might even be jeered at. All of this however would be a huge improvement on the situation the being faces in the novel. Readers of the novel back then may have felt less sympathy for the being that modern day readers because of the differences in society. I think Mary Shelley used the being to challenge society's views of people with deformities and has done this to good effect. Charlotte Harper 10MPC ...read more.

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