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How does shelley use traditional gothic heroes to evoke sympathy for the reader?

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How does Shelley use traditional features of gothic heroes to evoke sympathy for this narrator? 'Frankenstein' is a gothic novel, throughout the chapters 11-16 Mary Shelley creates sympathy for the monster in different ways by integrating a narration from Frankenstein's creature. Mary Shelley evokes sympathy for the monster by giving the monster a lot of aspects of a gothic antagonist. Lacking characteristics of a gothic antagonist both Frankenstein and the creature are the protagonists. For the creature his lacks being an epitome of evil because he has strong emotions but rather he is not being a real villain but being treated like one. The creature possesses more gothic characteristics. During his time he becomes more and more isolated, at first he can not help this as he has nowhere to go, because he was shunned from society. He is portrayed to be vulnerable as he is abandoned by his creator the monster requires Frankenstein's guidance but does not receive any, again getting sympathy from the reader. ...read more.

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He is self critical which is another aspect of a gothic antagonist. During the narrative the monster is seen as a villain, some one who seeks for evil and death. But in addition to this the creature can easily be viewed as a gothic antagonist. Sympathy is created by the author both by making the readers pity the monster's loathsome existence and by leading them to understand his violent and cruel actions. We pity the creature because of the way he is treated by mankind and we can identify with his feelings and reactions and understand why he behaves as he does. The language used when describing the physical appearance of the monster and his feelings is very strong and evocative. The settings and images with which the monster is associated are very dramatic and add to our sympathy for his lonely existence. The monster's use of rhetoric is effective and his speech is eloquent, this is a strong technique by which the reader is drawn in. ...read more.

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Upon seeing his reflection in the water he knows why people attack him or flee from him. Words like 'despondence' and 'mortification' stress the suffering of the monster. Mary Shelley presents the monster as a gothic protagonists for example gothic protagonists are handsome and young but weirdly the monster is neither handsome whereas his age is completely unknown. A true gothic hero is one who is isolated - either voluntarily or involuntarily, the creature is isolated involuntarily but when he sees his own appearance he voluntarily isolates him self from all civilization. The monster falls from grace, and is shunned from society. The monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a sympathetic protagonist. He has most of the characteristics and features needed to be one. Although at times he cannot be seen to be sympathized with because of the bad deeds that he does but he is not the epitome of evil. The points where he indeed the opposite, such as not being handsome and not finding a loved one evokes more sympathy for the monster. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Cooke R10 Frankenstein coursework ...read more.

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