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In the novel 'Frankenstein', who is the real monster

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In the novel 'Frankenstein', who is the real monster? The novel 'Frankenstein' was written in the nineteenth century by Mary Shelley. Shelley was born in England in 1797, daughter of Mary Wollstonecroft and William Goodwin. Her mother died soon after giving birth to her only child. Shelley wrote 'Frankenstein' in 1816, whilst on holiday in Geneva. The idea of the story came to her when horror stories were being exchanged between friends. Shelley then developed this into the well known novel . The story of 'Frankenstein' is based on the rich Frankenstein family, who live in Geneva. Victor Frankenstein is a young , prosperous scientist, who after years of hard work , creates a living being using the body parts of the dead. Victor Frankenstein is the creator of a 'monster, but the novel raises the issue of who the real monster is; Frankenstein, for creating the 'monster' and his proceeding actions, or his creation, for being a murderous beast. When the creation is given life, Frankenstein's hopes are turn to horror, as he realises that his creation is repulsive and menacing. Frankenstein then makes the mistake of fleeing from his creation in fear, although he knows nothing about the creatures capabilities or its intentions. This action is the beginning of a chain of events that leads the 'monster' to feeling rejected by society, consequently becoming a murderous, evil creature. ...read more.


This shows that the creation had not been properly thought through, and now that he had finished, he bitterly regrets having created it. It also shows that he thought his creation would be marvellous, but it turns out to be horrifying. Frankenstein's failure to think of the consequences of his creation is also shown when he says "Oh! No living mortal could support the horror". This shows that he believes that no being could not be afraid of his creation. This reveals that the creation will inflict fear into all other living creatures. Although Frankenstein is depicted as a terrible person in some senses, Shelley also creates sympathy for him. After the creation is given life, Frankenstein says "how can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe?". This produces a feeling of sympathy for Frankenstein as he has spent so much time creating his 'monster', and has put so much effort into it, yet all this has resulted in a disaster. The reader is also made to feel sympathy for Frankenstein as he is afraid of his own creation. The night after he has given life to the 'monster', Frankenstein has nightmares and is terrified of his creation. This is shown when he says " I threw myself on the bed in my clothes, endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness. ...read more.


This also creates sympathy for the creature as the reader discovers that it has human feelings, and knows it will always be unloved. The creature is shown to have a "soul" that "glowed with love and humanity". This shows that the creature wanted to be a normal human, but Frankenstein's reaction towards it didn't allow this to happen. Shelley creates sympathy in many other ways for the monster. Frankenstein never gives his creation a name; a name would allow the creation to be able to think of itself as somebody, not just a creature. This may then mean that humans would be able to see the creation as someone, not just a monster. Although the creation is made out to be a 'monster', the reader is persuaded to feel sympathetic towards it due to its history, its feelings and the way in which it was treated. In conclusion, both Frankenstein and his creation are monsters in their own way. Frankenstein is a 'monster' because of the way he behaves in creating life, and then for rejecting his creation and undertaking no responsibility for it. Frankenstein's creation is a 'monster' because of what it is; a product of scientific experimentation, and also because of the way it acts. Both Frankenstein and his creation have excuses for their 'monstrous' behaviour, but I believe neither have a good enough excuse to do what they did. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Bream 10N English Coursework 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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