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How does Mary Shelley create sympathy for the creation?

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Gemma Chantler 11E How does Mary Shelley create sympathy for the creation? Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' is a memorable gothic tale. A gothic novel focuses on the mysterious and the supernatural. In 'Frankenstein' Mary Shelley uses mysterious circumstances for Victor to create his monster. She uses the supernatural element of raising the dead and she researched into the science that was unknown to most readers. She causes us to question Victor's use and treatment of the dead for his dream experiment. She uses a laboratory for Victor to create his monster. The average reader did not know about laboratories and scientific experiments, therefore this added an element of mystery and gloom to the story. This was relevant to the historical period when people were questioning the morality of experiments on humans. Victor is referred to as a modern Prometheus because he rebelled against the laws of nature by making an unnatural man for his own benefit. Mary Shelley was inspired by a book she read whilst writing Frankenstein. She was reading 'Emile' by French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He says " Men are made evil by society. Men become monsters by the way they are treated." In this essay I am going to be writing about how Mary Shelley creates sympathy for the creation. I will be discussing the way that Victor treats his own creation and the way the creation feels when he gets mistreated by his own creator and by society. ...read more.


This childlike vulnerability and innocence endears him to the reader. The creation suffers rejection and prejudice from society because of his ugliness. No one sees him for the way he acts. His one chance to make an appearance to some one is to the blind man of the De Lacey family. He helps the De Laceys, in secret, with their everyday jobs and continues helping them for a long time before he decides to reveal himself to the blind man. When the creation finally plucks up the courage to speak to the blind man the De Lacey family attack him. Felix darted forward...he dashed me to the ground and hit me violently with a stick' Through this the audience can feel sympathy with the creation because he is being attacked due to his physical ugliness. He has not been given a chance to explain himself to the cottagers. The reader feels the creation's deep distress and sadness at the reaction of the cottagers to his appearance ' Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me' The rhetorical question reveals the creation's depth of emotion, his pain and torment as the people he has grown to think of as his friends have totally rejected him and the closest feeling he has felt to love quickly disappears. Mary Shelley continually gives the reader clear insights into the creation's torment through his own words: When the creation comes across William in the forest, he tries to become friendly with him as he thinks that children so young will not be prejudiced against him. ...read more.


The readers' sympathy intensifies for the creation because we see him have glimpses of what he wants but he can only observe it and not live it. In conclusion to this essay, I think that Mary Shelley is successful in creating sympathy for the monster. The emotional language she uses when Victor is talking about his own creation makes the reader feel sympathetic with him due to the thought of a parent abandoning and rejecting his own child. My feelings of sympathy grew stronger when the creation was asking Victor for a chance and he denied him it. Victor does not take on the responsible role of a guardian, therefore the creation has to experience life by himself, lonely and miserably he learns new things only by experience. He is denied the chance to feel true emotions and live how any other human being is able to live. He is simply just an experiment to Victor and a lifetime dream that failed. He doesn't care about the creation's feelings and emotions as he pretends he doesn't exist. This made me feel sympathy with the monster because he is living, and wishes to be able to learn and do normal things just like he sees everyone else doing. The creation's final speech made me feel sympathetic with him as he is showing remorse but also he knows he is doing the right thing killing himself. It shows that he has self-esteem and made me feel respectful to the creation but also sorrow for his pain and anguish. ...read more.

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