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How far should we feel pity for both Frankenstein and the monster?

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"How far should we feel pity for both Frankenstein and the monster?" Essay By looking carefully at the arguments both for and against feeling pity for Frankenstein and his monster, it is easy to see that we should feel much pity for both. The "monster" was brought to life on a dark night and thrown into unwittingly into the wide world; a world in which he was forced into solitude due to the neglect of his creator and the rejection of all who saw him. For the whole of his life he was spurned by all who lay eyes on his skin-deep ugliness because their judging minds could not see the person who lay beneath. According to the monster, as he tells Frankenstein whilst talking to him, "You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being". All he wanted was a small amount of love and affection from anyone or anything. This shows he has some human feelings and makes the reader empathise with what Frankenstein's monster has to cope with. ...read more.


The terrible things the monster did were brought on by the neglect and rejection he suffered, and not being allowed to have someone to love and care for. These are all things humans cannot deal with, making the reader feel more pity because of what he was driven to and the human needs and emotions he shows. Pity for Frankenstein is felt mostly because of the heavy losses he had to come to terms with, when his family and indeed happiness was ripped from him by the one he created. The creator is supposed to have some power over what the creation does, not the other way round. Frankenstein is portrayed as a very noble character, a man who excites love and compassion in everyone he meets. He is not trying to do a bad thing by creating the monster, he is just curious and pushing for what he thinks will help mankind forever - immortality and the ability to resurrect the dead. For all the goodwill and effort Frankenstein put into his work all that he received was nothing but tragedy and destruction. ...read more.


Not only this but, once finished with his work and had seen what he monster was, he abandoned it and hoped that it would just die, meaning he could avoid having to deal with it. The only reason he was so focussed was because he wanted to make a difference to mankind and for that, his family would just have to wait. Having seen his creation he realised that what he had done was wrong, but he could not destroy the monster because he had actually made the monster better than the human race itself. Instead he was sure that lack of experience in the world would get rid of the monster for him. The book tells a lot about human nature, that people are not made by their nature but their nurture, and that there are very pleasant sides to it, but this comes with the very nasty sides as well. The amount of criticism of human nature makes us feel pity throughout the book and I believe that this large amount of pity felt for characters in Frankenstein, along with the death of such a noble man and his creation, makes this book the perfect definition of the word tragedy. Jack Tavener 4R 1 5/1/2007 ...read more.

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