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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? Frankenstein, the novel, was authored by a 19 year old mistress, Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley wrote her renowned gothic novel during the era where romance was at its peak and science and maths started to make its way into the world. Supposedly the inspiration of her novel came to her in her dream. After having this dream she decided to make her dream come true in the form of a book, so she wrote the novel, Frankenstein, when she was relaxing at Lake Geneva on holiday with her husband, the famous poet Percy Shelley . The gothic novel Frankenstein is about a doctor who was manipulated by his obsessions and ambitions into creating life. When the obsessions and ambitions were overcome he realised the being he had created would cause his downfall. Chapters 11-16 are significant to the story because these chapters express the creature's point of view showing his side of the story. As the reader progresses through the novel, prior to chapter 11 the reader merely gets the opinions of Dr Frankenstein. These judgments are mad to be very negative and biased towards the creature. When Dr Frankenstein had finally achieved his life long ambition and after straining and putting countless time and effort into creating the being he wished, he presented his 'being' as being revolting and foul. There are many quotes from the novel where Frankenstein portrays the creature as being revolting and foul. One quote is when Frankenstein says, 'breathless horror and disgust filled my heart'. Here Frankenstein shows his emotive side of the monster. Where obsessions and ambitions were filled is now replaced by horror and disgust. This exposes the creature as a being that would fill anyone's heart with horror and disgust. This brings a very negative view of the monster. Another quote is when Frankenstein says, 'unable to compose my mind to sleep'. ...read more.

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Further evidence of him learning rapidly is when Safie, the 'Arabian', also wants to learn the language so he learns with her. He says, 'I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little, and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken'. This is proof that he learns faster than humans and better. The monster was able to get the correct accent whilst Safie was struggling. After learning the language, the monster was now able to understand what the cottagers were saying. Whilst Felix was reading a book the monster stood by and heard. From Felix reading he was able to get knowledge of history, insight into the government and religions. The monster describes, 'I obtained a cursory knowledge of history... it gave me an insight into the manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth'. By just listening to a book the monster was able to deduce from it history, government, religion and empires. The monster, while learning history, manners of government and religion, was able to make up own conclusions. The monster describes the state of man in chapter 13. 'I learned that the possessions most esteemed by your fellow-creatures were high and unsullied descent united with riches. A man might be respected with only one of these advantages but, without either, he was considered, except in very rare instances, as a vagabond and a slave'. Here the monster describes man and how he sees mankind. This is evidence of the monster's intellect on how quickly he was able come to such decisions. As months went by the monster's intelligence grew rapidly. He had reached a stage where he would question himself. Questioning ones self was known to be a high order skill. He says, 'As I read, however, I applied much personally to my own feelings and condition...Who was I? ...read more.

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This proved to be true in chapter 16 when he says, 'from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species'. Here he shows the monster shows him turning violent because the treatment led the monster making threats and the humankind in trouble. Humankind will be in trouble because the treatment they gave the monster will lead him doing actions which will be really cold hearted and dangerous. Having read and analysed all the quotes which back the monster up and portrays in good light, I feel that anyone who is deformed in any way and are different, they deserve what we have. I feel this because we are all the same in one way or another. The monster was as same as the humans because he too had a brain, a heart, two arms and two legs; he had everything normal humans had apart from love. I also feel sympathy towards the creature because he had went through some serious, painful, emotional, difficult times where each one he would take it in not mentioning it to anyone. I mentioned that Mary Shelley was presenting the monster as an intelligent, lonely, isolated, mistreated being. As well as all of that she wanted to express her views through the character of the monster. She felt society plays a big role in turning someone evil. Mary Shelley admired the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He stated that man's nature is harmless, but that it can become corrupted by society. She agreed with him and presented this view when society had treated the monster harshly thus turning the monster evil. Another view Mary Shelley tried to express, was the views of science. During the era of the time she wrote her book, science discoveries were rapidly entering the world. Electricity was not well understood back then, so perhaps the fear of electricity and science would create something evil. She could've expressed that the powers of science would get out of hand and reach someone with a ballistic mind. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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