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How Does Mary Shelly Create Sympathy For The Creature In Frankenstein

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How Does Mary Shelly Create Sympathy For The Creature In Frankenstein The Story of Frankenstein is based in the 17th Century around Victor Frankenstein and his attempts to create life. He realises how hideous his creation after it is completed so he abandons it and has a mental breakdown. But it returns and murders his younger brother William. Frankenstein knows it was the creature and meets it in the Alps where we hear the creature's side of the story. The entire tale is full of moral dilemmas and questions such as, is Frankenstein or the creature more of a monster? How does the reaction to the creature appearance represent today's society? The image of a monster is created by our view of the creature, but what is a monster? A monster is something that is cruel with no heart, evil and isn't afraid to kill and hurt people. But a visual image is often created of an oversize, disgusting looking creature, this is why Frankenstein's creation is considered a monster not because of his actions and feeling but because of his revolting and terrifying appearance. In the book I am going to look at chapters 5,10,16,17 and 24 and analyse how the creature is treated and how he reacts. I also will look at the role of creator and created as well as how moods and feelings are reflected in the scenery, landscape and weather, and how language is used effectively to arouse sympathy. ...read more.

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The language used by Frankenstein is incredibly emotive and hateful towards the creature so we start to feel less sympathy towards him. The creature is more human than Frankenstein because he shows compassion and restraint unlike Frankenstein who only shows pure rage, a very animal and monster like emotion. Towards the end of the chapter Shelly suggests that the creatures misdeeds are caused by the enormity of his sufferings "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend." This creates sympathy for the creature, at hear he is essentially good - more importantly, essentially human. If he is monstrous, then no one but Frankenstein is to blame. But he is more human than before because he can talk and has feelings as well as human knowledge "the guilty are allowed, by human laws" (to tell their side of the story). He has learnt much of this from the DeLacy family of peasants, this is the family who he had hid in the shed and watched through a whole in the wall and had learned to speak from the lessons given to a foreign girl living with them. This creates sympathy for the creature as he did not have the simple human right to be taught like everyone else does. When the creature meets Frankenstein for the first he does not insult or threaten him, he attempts to talk to him "Be calm! I entreat you to hear me, before you give vent to your hatred." ...read more.

Conclusion

The creature has pity and sympathy created for him through his life and how it was abandoned and had to fend for it's self, as well as being compared to an aborted baby. I think the creature just needed some love, he only turned evil, started to attack people and hate people as a reaction to his treatment. By treatment I men the abandonment at birth by his creator, he was left to fend for himself in nature, to learn how to use his senses. His lowest moment was probably the rejection by the people he felt closes to. The DeLacys are whom he had once though of as family, but when he shows his face they chase him away for his appearance, this is the story of his entire life. Your sympathy changes from Frankenstein to the creature when the narration changes from one to the other. Frankenstein shows the creature as a monster. When he first brings it to life it is described as an "accident of life" through out Frankenstein's story very little human nature is shown of the creature, but in this way he also shows the in-human aspects in his character. When the creature is telling the tale you see why he does the things he does, showing his human side again. All these aspects combined throughout the story creates an overall sympathy towards the creature and a disliking or even hating of Frankenstein's monstrous personality. ...read more.

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