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How is the creature presented in chapters 11-16 of Frankenstein?

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How is the creature presented in chapters 11-16 of 'Frankenstein'? The novel 'Frankenstein' was written in early the 1800s by Mary Shelley. The idea to write 'Frankenstein' came to Shelley in a dream but she wrote the story when she was challenged by her comrade Lord Byron whilst relaxing an Lake Geneva to write a gothic story. The novel 'Frankenstein' is a story about a young scientist who wanted to create life and a perfect creature. In fact, he creates a supernatural monster looking very little like a human. The plot of the story starts with a group of sailors travelling to the North Pole who then they came across Victor Frankenstein chasing after what he wanted to call the 'perfect living-being'. A while later the creature is out of reach and cannot be seen. That is when Frankenstein comes aboard the ship and tells his story from chapters 2-10 about creating life with electric shocks and his god-like ambitions. Then, he continues telling the sailors how everything went wrong as putting life in a creature resulted in many dead. After creating it he abandoned the creature. Then from chapters 11-16, the creature narrates his side of the story, which seems very different to Frankenstein's. Finally, the story ends with Frankenstein talking to the sailors about how he came to find them. Just as he finishes his story he is overtaken by death. The book is considered to be gothic and at the same time romantic as it contains gothic elements such as women in distress which is seen when Frankenstein's fianc�e is threatened by the monster. It also has a mysterious atmosphere as the creature is unknown to people which brings tension, along with fear. Later, the indication of romance is shown by powerful love between Elizabeth and Victor Frankenstein and as Safie's father insists on her getting married to a man other than the one she loves. ...read more.

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This shows that he is intelligent and also motivated. Initially, in these chapters the creature is presented as being friendless, isolated and treated badly wherever he goes. At first the creature is shown to have no friends and to be isolated as he says "to see their sweet look directed toward me with affection was the utmost limit and ambition". This shows he is alone and wants friends and company as he reveals this emotion about seeing a couple passing by. Pitifully, he says to be able to make friends with them is the "Utmost limit of his ambitions". This shows the readers how despairing and lonely he is and how desperate he is to have friends. Still, after constant torment, he says "I longed to join them, but dared not" which also shows he is desperate to make friends by any means although people have caused him misery and pain. Therefore, this suggests he is forgiving, which is another positive trait and again contrasts with Frankenstein's very negative portrayal of the creature. The creature says "When I looked around, I saw and heard of none like me". This highlights the fact that he is friendless and isolated as he does not see anyone around who was like him. Also, he says "But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days; no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses". He emphasises his loneliness as he says "no father had watched my infant days", and "where are my friends?" This shows that he was unsupervised whilst a baby. This manifests that he did not have anyone to experience emotions with or to guide him. It also tells us he was lonely as he had no-one to talk to or share his feelings with. In chapters 11-16 he is also seen to be badly treated by society wherever he goes. ...read more.

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It is also due to them judging him by his appearance even though he never did them any harm. Furthermore, even though he was not seen in the same light as humans he should at least have been respected like other species of the earth. To conclude, I would hold Frankenstein responsible for all the misery and also society. I feel sympathetic that the creature tried his best to stay good and be accepted by mankind as he was seen to be like humans but was mistreated. I also think he had no desire to kill but he lost his calm spirit as, like humans, he is unable to tolerate bad treatment and isolation. I think Mary Shelley would also have agreed with the fact that Frankenstein should have been held responsible as she wanted her readers to understand that parents should look after their children properly. She could have been trying to teach us that all creatures and animal should be treated respectfully. She could have been expressing a fear of science and its powers as she lived in a society which thought science was going too far with experiments and that man should not 'play god' or he will suffer for it. We all need to feel a sense of belonging and she emphasizes the creature turning violent after constant rejection by man. This suggests we are born good but our character becomes corrupted by society. Her message are still relevant to today's society as questions as to whether science is 'playing god' relate to whether Genetic Modification should be allowed or not. I personally think the main message of the novel is very important to today's society because I don't personally think her messages are all about science and society. I think she also wanted us to know it is important that we look after the environment and the spices living it. We must not judge people by their appearance. It is wrong to treat people badly because of their appearance. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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