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How does Shelley make us feel sympathy for the creature in the book, 'Frankenstein'?

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How does Shelley make us feel sympathy for the creature in the book, 'Frankenstein'? In 1818 Mary Shelley wrote the novel 'Frankenstein'. Around the time of this; scientific advances had taken place, those similar to parts of the book. People had a fear that science was going too far. Bringing the dead back to life, or creating new life unnaturally were against peoples religious beliefs. In 'Frankenstein', this idea was played upon, and so were the disastrous effects of 'playing God'. In chapter seven of 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley makes us identify with the creature. In the book; it describes the creature to have the same emotions as human beings. He has an issue from where he comes from. 'Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come?' This means the creature wants to know more about him. ...read more.


He learns how to read, and reads books such as 'Sorrows of Werther' he started to understand people's sufferings, this affects the audience because can associate with the creature. He watched the creature; in secrecy, teach their daughter French; which he picked up. In this chapter, the creature compares himself to Adam, as in Adam and Eve: 'Like Adam...apparently united by no link to other being in existence' The creature feels alone, no friends, no family to care for him. The difference is, Adams creator is God, and he loved Adam; and the creature's creator or 'God' is Victor Frankenstein and he didn't love his creation. Again, the audience has to feel sorry for the creature, because he is not loved, and the creature knows that. ...read more.


'I could have torn him limb from limb' This quote shows that the creature has feelings, and can rise above the violence. And also, it shows he knows the concept of family; because Felix is a father. In conclusion to chapter seven of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', she has used a number of effects to create tension and sympathy for the creature. Shelley uses effective description to show how the creature feels. Shelley then makes us admire the creature by showing his progress, from knowing almost nothing, to being able to read, and speak a foreign language. To make us sympathise with the creature, the feelings and emotions are expressed so that the audience can understand how the creature feels. Scientific advances around the time of Frankenstein make it an effective story, being responsible with science is an important message. Would it really be right to create a new life, to play God? ...read more.

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