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From Your Reading Of Mary Shellys Frankenstein, Which Character Do You Think Is The Real Monster And Why?

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From Your Reading Of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Which Character Do You Think Is The Real Monster And Why? Mary Shelly's novel is structured in a way, which attempts to give authority to her views. Opening with an authors introduction, and supported with a preface with her famous husband. Mary Shelly's novel starts with a series of letters claiming to know the 'truth' of Victor Frankenstein's story. This family involvement, followed by professional distancing, reveals the strength of the author's feelings on the responsibilities of family and scientists. For a century and a half, many readers of the Mary Shelly's novel 'Frankenstein' have debated over which character could be associated with the expression ' Monster'. Mary Shelly said in the preface the reason why she produced this nineteenth century novel was a 'ghost story' "oh! If I could only contrive one which would frighten my reader as I myself had been frightened that night". She wanted her readers to feel the terror that she had dreamed one night. The readers of Mary Shelly's novel ' Frankenstein' might believe that the creature is the monster, however there are two potential monsters in the novel. These two characters from the novel are the 'Creature' itself and the creator of the creature, Dr Victor Frankenstein. ...read more.

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The creature approaches Victor like a baby would to its father: " He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me...while a grin wrinkled his cheeks". How could Victor abandon the creature, he had no sympathy towards it. The way in which the creature is described when it approaches Victor is just like the way a baby would approach its parents, maybe at this part of the novel, we readers are to feel sympathy for the creature and to consider Victor as the monster for the way he treated the creature, it was his own creation he should of cared for it and been its companion. Victor should of treated the creature like his own child, possibly if he did show care for the creature and not show fear, maybe the creature wouldn't have been so vile because he knew no different. The creature didn't know how to treat or care for other people. So really it wasn't the creatures fault for the deaths caused and for the way in which he treated people because overall he didn't know any different and wasn't taught by Victor how to treat others. Later on in the novel the Creature demands Victor for a female companion, the Creature was most likely feeling lonely and the only person who could help him overcome his loneliness was Victor. ...read more.

Conclusion

If Victor told the truth then Justine's life would have been saved. On the other hand the Creature is of a pleasant character, and does many thoughtful things. The Creature helped the De Lacey family to harvest their crops " their food, as I afterwards found...sprang up in the garden". Furthermore throughout the nights he would collect fuel for the cottage. " I went into the woods and collected my own food and fuel for the cottage". He surely couldn't be considered as the monster when he helps the blind man and his children. In addition the Creature saved the peasant girl from drowning, From discussing which of the two characters who could potentially be considered as the Monster I have come to a conclusion. The definition of monster is 'a misshapen animal or plant; person of great wickedness; huge animal or thing.' From reading Mary Shelly's novel I consider Victor Frankenstein to be the character that defines the definition of a Monster. Throughout the novel we see an egoistical side of Victor; he is self centred and selfish plus he is a person of immense wickedness. He created a Creature, brought it to life then deserted it; only a monster would do such a thing. Megan Borg 04/11/2008 ...read more.

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