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How does Mary Shelly present the monster during the novel?

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Introduction

How does Mary Shelly present the monster during the novel? How do we feel about the monster at the end of the novel? Mary Shelly wrote the novel "Frankenstein" in 1817, she was just seventeen. It was a time of great exploration and discovery, this helps Mary Shelly delve into the unknown without it seeming too fictional. Mary Shelly had had a tragic life; she knew what it felt like to grieve as she had lost both her mother and child. Her experiences of death and grief greatly shape the context of this novel. Mary Shelly wrote "Frankenstein" in 'Villa Mantalege' in Switzerland. The villa was very isolated; as were many scenes in her book, for example the ice bound boat, the feelings of isolation run deeply throughout this novel in the form of the monster. ...read more.

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The monster reaches his hand out to Frankenstein who is petrified and flees once again. Mary Shelly presents the monster here as innocent, childlike just reaching out to his mother/father figure for some love. We empathise with the monster and remember a time when we have felt rejected, hurt or unloved. The monster then runs away and Frankenstein feels pleased that he is gone yet a little uneasy to know that he is out there in the world. Chapter 11 is narrated by the monster, he tells the audience about his first experiences and reactions to life. This part of the novel has great importance because it is where the monster discovers himself. Nature also plays a key part to this story and here alone in the forest the monster encounters the wonderful things around him. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Here, then, I retreated and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of man." Mary Shelly is still presenting the monster in an innocent caring way; this makes us feel sad for the monster and angry at the men who unknowingly teach this creature to hate. Towards the end of chapter 11 the monsters happens upon the Delaysey family. Without knowing it they helped the monster to read write and even love. The monster would sit and watch the way the delayseys treated each other, he longed for a family to love and care for and took them to be it calling them his 'protectors'. The monster would fetch food and wood for the family, never showing his face to any of them because he knows what the reaction he gets from people when they see him is. Mary Shelly writes a couple of paragraphs describing and exploring what the monster learns from and about the delaseys ...read more.

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