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How Is the Monster In Frankenstein Presented In the Chapters 11 To 16?

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HOW IS THE MONSTER IN FRANKENSTEIN PRESENTED IN THE CHAPTERS 11 TO 16? Victor Frankenstein had a wonderful life as a child. He loved and cared deeply for his family. At the age of thirteen the works of Cornelius Agrippa fascinated him. His father called it �sad trash�, which only fuelled his curiosity and enthusiasm 'the fatal impulse that led to my ruin.� His thirst for knowledge of science continued for two years until he witnessed the total destruction of a tree in a thunderstorm. The explanation of electricity shattered all of his ideas and concepts that he thought he knew and completely turned him against any more science. He decided to stick to maths studies 'but it was ineffectual. Destiny was too potent and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction'. The reader is given a sense of doom even at this stage in his life. When his mother died he was devastated, his initial grief and disbelief gave way to a determination and an aim in life, which was to find out a new life form that would be stronger and smarter and would not die from disease. At university his interest in chemistry soon became apparent, almost to obsession. He tirelessly and relentlessly studied ' change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me� Frankenstein was staggered that he 'alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.� He genuinely believed that he had the ability and knowledge, fuelled from the fantasies that he had read as a young boy to become the creator of life. ...read more.

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his search for a companion his hatred festers and he desires revenge for his suffering, he comes across a small boy and naively thinks that someone small will have no bias towards his looks and willingly become a companion. When the child, William screams verbal abuse at him it emerges that he is related to Frankenstein, the simmering hatred emerges and with no remorse the creature murders him. 'I gazed on my victim and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph� I too, can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable, this death will carry despair to him and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him.� He becomes evil and devious as he attempts to plant evidence on Justine. Not only did he learn manners and gentleness from the villagers, but also survival. A turning point for both characters is when they meet and the creature requests for a companion. He goes to Frankenstein and demands a companion. 'You must create a female for me, with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being�, this is a very reasonable statement in many ways, and one main argument would be that he is alone in the world with no one like him. 'This you alone can do; and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede.� He states very clearly that Frankenstein has no choice and that he will meet his demands. ...read more.

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He finally admits that he has done wrong, that he is wretched and evil his actions have not satisfied him, he is still in turmoil. Both characters have a deep intensity of emotions and become obsessed with one objective, they become blind to any one else that it might affect and are unable to look at anything objectively. In this way they are thoughtless and could be considered evil, since they do not have any thought towards those who may be harmed for them to achieve their desires. The creature becomes evil from his observation of the human race, he desperately wants to experience companionship and to be loved instead of being driven away and treated as a monster. His naivety gradually changes to cunning and hatred through his encounters and once he has murdered, the overwhelming sense of power feeds and nourishes him. Frankenstein is not portrayed as evil in the same way, his experiments are sinister and he is cowardly when the final result is too hideous for him to acknowledge. Frankenstein did not intend to create an evil creature many of its qualities were very fine, from intelligence to sensitivity and .a capacity for intense love. When Frankenstein was a young boy he described his own character saying 'My temper was sometimes violent, and my passions vehement� which suggests to the reader that they were very similar. Unfortunately the hideous body never allowed any human to experience the other side of its character. All in all they both were just as evil in their own way and both ended up unhappy. Abdul Mukith Khan 5524 DRAFT 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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