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How does Mary Shelley present the character of the monster so as to gain sympathy for him?

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How does Mary Shelley present the character of the monster so as to gain sympathy for him? The epic and all inspiring novel Frankenstein was written in 1918 by Mary Shelly. At the time the novel was being written and all the way up to when it was published there was a scientific 'boom' in this country. This meant there was a great 'thirst' for knowledge and discovery and people were testing the limits of scientific exploration to its limits. This is what the novel is about, the human 'need' to discover, explore and create no-matter what the consequences may be, and to warn against the dangers that accompany it. The 'Monster' in Mary Shelly's classic novel Frankenstein is created to be a character of which you should feel sympathetic for. The story revolves around the idea of scientific exploration and discovery, at the start of the novel you are presented with a team of explorers trying to reach the South Pole, but instead find a delirious and beaten Victor Frankenstein trying to escape the monster he has created. ...read more.

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Frankenstein to try and live in the outside world he realises what he is due to the fact that he sees that he is very different to everyone else and everyone else sees that as well and he is rejected from normal society. This is another time where Mary Shelley has made the readers fell sympathy towards the monster. Another reason why this instance is made to make the reader more sympathetic is because when the monster was born he was full of hope and kindness and when someone like that is rejected by he's 'father' and all the people around him just because of his appearance makes the situation of creating a human not just immoral from a scientific of religious view but of the situation the 'monster' has been put into without any choice. Another example of the monster being rejected is when he goes and stays in the De Lacey's barn, the De Lacey's are a poor farming family which were having a rough time with there crops and harvesting them because of the weather but the 'monster' overheard there convocations and problems and being the kind, giving person he is he helps ...read more.

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The 'monster' blames Frankenstein for the disastrous live he has had. When he was 'young' he was full of hope for the future and he had a strong belief in humanity, he was a sensitive person who enjoyed music, nature and enjoyed the time he spent 'with' the De Lacey's. But there was always a hatred for himself and his appearance, which haunted his life. Mary Shelley uses all of these factors in making sure that the audience feels very sympathetic. The reason for all these situations in which the audience is made to feel sympathetic is to try and show that what Victor Frankenstein was doing was unethical, immoral, blasphemous, and is going to far into the field of scientific exploration. One of the main reasons Mary shelly created the 'monster' is to maintain the viewer or readers interest, she does this in many ways. The foremost way shelly achieves this is by portraying the 'monster' as a 'freak of nature' who's existence is sin against god. But all those things are contributing factors to the real reason why the 'monster' is portrayed how he is. The 'monster' is used in the way that he is to create a sympathetic feeling towards the situation this 'poor creature, is in. 1 Jake Taylor ...read more.

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