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In my assignment I am going to discuss the beliefs and attitudes of the time that Frankenstein was written and also discuss th

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In my assignment, I am going to discuss the beliefs and attitudes of the time in which Frankenstein had been written and discuss the ways in which Mary Shelly made us sympathise with the creature. In 1818, novels had been written for entertainment, as the public of that time would read as they had no other entertainment but this was for only the upper class people. The upper middle class were the only people who had access to education and they were the only ones who were literate. At the beginning of the 19th century, biology was the new science. People believed that electricity and magnetism could bring dead beings back to life. An example of this is Galvani, in 1802 showed that if you allow electricity to flow through the body of a frog its legs would twitch and it would appear to use life like qualities. An other example of this is that of Aldini, he used the idea of attaching a battery to a dead human being. ...read more.


You can tell this when the creature goes towards his 'father' for reassurance whereas Victor reacts as he thinks the creature was going to kill him. I think the ways Mary Shelly uses the First Person Narrative for the creature to make us feel deep sympathy for him as we get to know how and the ways he is thinking and learning. I think the creature was like a young infant. A child left to grow up alone, I think that this was appalling before Victor went along with his actions he should have thought long and hard before creating the creature. I think this was effective as it shows the true feelings the creature has and how alone and the way he learnt by his mistakes. It seems so cruel to have happened then you have to tell yourself its not real but the way Mary shelly described this it makes you feel as if its really true. We see the nice, childlike qualities of the creature in chapter 11 onwards and this make us feel emotions for the creature that will soon turn to other strong emotions. ...read more.


I feel understanding with the creature so that's another emotion Shelly makes us feel for the creature. I have an understanding why the creature revolted as he didn't know any other way to be so that's the only reason he did what he did. Although I feel it was wrong for what the creature did I still had full sympathy for him because he was trying to let his emotions out and he didn't know any other way other than with anger. The creature's final decision to kill himself after the death of his father was very understandable and I felt more involved as I was experiencing feelings of depression and I knew how he felt and this sort of gave me a closeness for the creature even though he was fictional this is how Mary shelly achieved her goal to make us feel sympathy for the creature. Although I found this novel upsetting I though there was truth behind the gothic genre and I enjoyed Frankenstein it take the reader on a rolercoaster of emotions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danielle Parker 1 How does Mary shelly make us sympathise With the creature? ...read more.

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