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How does Mary Shelley make the Reader feel Sympathy for the Creature Frankenstein?

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How does Mary Shelley make the Reader feel Sympathy for the Creature? In the first part of the story, Elizabeth (an adopted daughter of Victor Frankenstein's parents) falls ill with scarlet fever, which a deadly illness around the 18th and 19th century. Victor Frankenstein's mother nurses Elizabeth, and she is cured; however Victor Frankenstein's mother contracts the illness with fatal consequences. Victor Frankenstein is very upset especially when his mother dies, a very young woman and at the peak of her life. This event make Victor Frankenstein very determined to study and become a doctor and preserve life. Victor Frankenstein then goes away to a university in Ingolstadt to study. He seems to be in two minds about his, "departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events", because he feels guilty about leaving the house of mourning so soon but he is very eager to study. Once Victor Frankenstein begins his study at the university, he becomes interested in the autonomy and bringing people back to life. He becomes so interested that he convinces himself that he could revive a dead human being back to life. He thinks, "one of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and indeed, any animal endued with life." ...read more.

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"I wished to express my sensations in my own mode, but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into a silence again." In the next part of the story, Victor Frankenstein's creature discovers a villager and the creature tries to associate himself with other human beings, only to discover that the other people's response is that they think he is evil and nasty. The people run away shrieking and crying, while other villagers physically attack the creature. The creature doesn't retaliate because of his good nature. This makes the reader feel sympathy for the creature because of the other people's reactions to the creature presence. "I had hardly placed my foot with the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted." Even though he hasn't done anything wrong the villagers attack him beating him with sticks and various other items, as if he has committed a crime. However he treated this way from his ugly looks and features, if he treated this way today the villagers would get done for discrimination. This is when the creature first feels hate against humans and vows war against them, he describes the humans as 'barbaric'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The child is unwilling to compromise and threatens the creature with a doctor Frankenstein. The name makes the creature very angry and in a rage kills the child. At this part of the story, the reader will begin to feel sympathy for the creature's creator Victor Frankenstein, however the reader understands why the creature reacts in this aggressive fashion. This is the first in a series of murders. The creature is responsible for the deaths of the Frankenstein's' family servant Justine, his friend Clerval and on her wedding night Victor Frankenstein's wife, Elizabeth. At the novel Victor Frankenstein pursues the creature to the North Pole in order to destroy the creature, but unfortunately he falls ill and dies. The creature understanding his own evil nature and goes off into the wilderness to burn himself to death. In an overall conclusion the reader feels more sympathy for the creature, as the creature is lonely for entire story. When the creature tries to associate with other human beings, the creature is treated badly and forced to become an outcast. However the reader feels sympathy for the Victor Frankenstein when the creature murders his loved ones. The reader understands why the creature reacts in such an aggressive fashion because that is how was treated. ...read more.

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