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How far do you sympathise with Victor Frankenstein’s creature?

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Mary Shelley

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How far do you sympathise with Victor Frankenstein's creature?

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes into you"

When answering the set question, there are a number of determining factors that have to be taken into close consideration. In this essay I hope to address and evaluate each of the factors before putting forward a conclusion. Both Victor Frankenstein and the creature have serious personality defects, but there are extenuating circumstances that have to be considered before laying blame at the feet of either character.

Virtue is found at the margins of society more often than at its centre. If this is so, Mary Shelley's Creation is a typical example. Her creature is an isolate of great sensitivity, kindness, and insight. We are firstly able to attribute these virtues to him in chapter eleven when the creature is born. "Soon a gentle light stole over the heavens, and gave me a sensation of pleasure. I stared up, and beheld a radiant rise from among the trees. I gazed with a kind of wonder.........innumerable sounds rung in

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