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Frankenstein - The novel has three narrators. What impression does the reader get of the monster from each of the three narrators?

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Frankenstein! The novel has three narrators. What impression does the reader get of the monster from each of the three narrators? Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein about two hundred years ago, when writers were first starting to use a writing style called Romanticism. Romanticism uses irrational and emotional ideas, and more imagination than Classical writing. Romanticism also emphasises emotions such as trepidation, horror and awe; this makes a much more interesting read than most Classical novels. Some of the ideas in the book are weird, monstrous and almost satanic, which is bound to shock the majority of readers. Shelley also uses the idea of Byronic heroes in this book. A Byronic hero is a character that is idealised but flawed: often intelligent, cunning and charismatic, however, also dark and arrogant with a degree of cynicism. These qualities could be used to describe any of the three narrators of this book Mary Shelley was married to famous writer and poet, Percy Shelley, and they are both rather famous. The idea for Frankenstein was originally conceived during a ghost story competition Mary had with her friends. She later wrote it up and got it published; it was one of the most famous novels of the nineteenth century. ...read more.

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The monster states that it felt "confused" by a "multiplicity of sensations." He says it took a long tome to figure out how to "distinguish between the operations of my various senses." This explains why he was unable to speak in his earlier encounter with Dr Frankenstein; already he seems a lot more intelligible than he did when being described by Victor. The monster also describes how he was "tormented by hunger and thirst." Making the reader feel sorry for him, as he is suffering and he hasn't actually done anything wrong yet. The monster goes on to describe how he felt "cold," "helpless," "frightened" and "miserable." These are all negative feelings that would make a reader pity the monster. It becomes apparent in chapter 15 that the monster can read, which makes him seem even more intellectual. He talks about some of the books he has read in an extremely intelligent way. He says that he "sympathised and partly understood" the character he read about. This makes him seem more human, as sympathising with others is a very human quality. He also started asking questions about his own being. "Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come?" ...read more.

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Before doing so, he speaks of wishing to die, and the reader suddenly feels sorry for him again, even if he does deserve it. The use of these three narrators is a very good way for readers to get a balanced view of the characters in the story, and it also makes it far more interesting to read. Another way that Shelley made this story interesting is the epistolary style; she uses letters and diaries to tell the story, which means the story is told from the characters' point of view. I think the views of the characters are good because you get different views of each character, so I feel that I know them better. Each Narrator has his own opinion of the monster, which gives the reader a varied and balanced view of it. Dr Frankenstein's opinion changes throughout the book. At first, he describes it as "beautiful", but later he refers to it as "hellish" and a "fiend". The monster makes the reader feel sympathetic towards him by describing himself as "helpless". Walton gives a rather negative view of the monster, using the word "horrible", although he does also state that it has a sense of "remorse." Overall, the reader gets a very balanced view of the monster and can therefore find their own opinions of it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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