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How far does Mary Shelley portray Frankensteins creation as human?

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How far does Mary Shelley portray Frankenstein's creation as human? Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1831 when she was only eighteen. Frankenstein is a gothic horror story and was written to entertain and scare the readers of the time. People in the 1800's were very religious, they believed in heaven and hell and more importantly angels and demons. Frankenstein concentrates on the making of man, and gives reason to believe that human beings can be created through scientific experiments. This was thought to be blasphemy in the 1800's, as it is playing the role of God, which was ethically wrong. However, in today's society, such a scientific experiment would make people curious and people would probably encourage the idea of scientists creating human life. The novel is written in the form of letters from an explorer named Captain Walton (who is on a voyage in the North Pacific Ocean, hoping to discover unfound land) to his sister. A scientist named Victor Frankenstein originally wanted to create a human life form, because he was grieving from the tragic and shocking death of his mother, who died from giving birth to Frankenstein's younger brother William. ...read more.

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Once the 'demon' has been created, it runs away, because it is probably just as scared as Frankenstein. The doctor instantly assumes it will die, as it does not understand how to survive on it's own. However, after the murder of Frankenstein's younger brother William, he realises that he has underestimated the creation, and agrees to meet the in the Alps. It is here that the reader is offered the creation's point of view. The says 'I expected this reception.' This shows the reader that the 'demon' is now thinking like a human and has human feelings; this portrays the monster as human. However, we have to remember that the creation has also murdered William and framed an innocent named Justine for the murder. Although this is morally wrong it is also human behaviour. The creation then goes on to explain how it developed and educated itself after running away from Ingolstadt. The reader now knows that the creation was born with human instincts which developed into knowledge and understanding of human nature. ' I had covered myself with some clothes ...' ...read more.

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However, the monster also finds Captain Walton. The Captain is also shocked when the creation first approaches him; 'Wretch' puts emphasis on how ugly and inhuman the monster must be. The creation attempts to justify his actions to Walter in the final chapter:- 'The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil,' this tells us that the creation was trying to be good by learning from other people's actions, however when he was neglected by the family in the woods he felt like he had nobody to turn to for love and affection, and nobody taught him how to deal with his emotions, therefore he turns into a monster. Mary Shelley gives the creation a lot of human characteristics, therefore making him human. However, the creation has not learnt how to cope with his emotions, so he murders people to get revenge on Frankenstein; I think this makes the monster appear as mainly inhuman, because such actions cannot be justified and only a monster would take another person's life. The creation then claims that he will leave and kill himself so the whole situation can come to an end. Mary Shelley uses this ending, because it is dramatic and she wants it to end in a catastrophe, also maybe killing the monster is the only way that the story can end. ...read more.

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