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In what ways might the narrative structure of Frankenstein(TM) influence readers(TM) interpretations of the novel?

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In what ways might the narrative structure of 'Frankenstein' influence readers' interpretations of the novel? The multiple narrators of Robert, Frankenstein and the creature combined with the framed narrative from all three of the individuals points of view and some unreliable narrators make for many different interpretations of the book and the story within. As I said, there are three narrators in the book. The first is Robert Walton a British Explorer who starts his narration in Russia. He is trying to find a crew and ship or a voyage to the North Pole where he hopes to discover new places or animals so that when he goes back to Britain he will become a rich and well-known man. He then continues his narrative in the form of letters up to the point where he finds Victor and helps him onto his ship. Next the narration is by Victor Frankenstein who is telling his story to Robert. Later the Creature tells his story by talking to Victor who then tells Robert. After this Frankenstein continues the story until the end when Robert writes his final letters. All these different types of narration from different types of people make the reader unclear whom they should sympathise with. ...read more.

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Eventually I think that Nurture wins as it is when he reveals himself to the De Lacey's and every other meeting with a human he learns that he is not liked and as this is by Nurturing it wins and gives its impact on the readers interpretation. This is what I think the multiple narrators do to the reader's interpretation of the book. Another factor for why the reader's interpretations may be influenced is by the book having two quite unreliable narrators: Frankenstein and the Creature. Firstly, Frankenstein I think is unreliable mostly in the latter parts of the book but also sometime just in the beginning. In Chapter 5 after when he has "created" the creature, he runs out of his laboratory and into his bed where he has nightmares. Until he is woken by the creature standing by his bed with his hand outstretched, which to Victor means he is trying to kill or detain him, but I think that the creature is holding out his hand for his "creator" to hold so he can feel loved and as a sign that he wants Victor to be his "Father". "He held up the curtain of the bed" then "one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escapes and rushed downstairs" (Chapter 5) ...read more.

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I think that in the different frames of the book have different emotions or feelings in them. For instance at the beginning of the book where Victor is recounting his past he seems much happier until he is consumed by his work and eventually creates the Creature. Then the centre frames where the creature is watching the De Laceys the mood is of spring, happiness and reunion because Felix and Safie are together and there is a lot of celebration which rubs off on the Creature. I think the message is of joyous celebration of the world of human love. At this time Victor is at the opposite side of happiness with the death of his brother and when he could have stopped Justine's trial and subsequent death but did not. At this point I sympathise with the Creature because I think that Victor deserves all he gets. Back the narrative by the end of the book where there are many deaths and the mood is of death, self-destruction and failure. Therefore, the framed narrative changes the mood of the book and in turn the readers and for this is why it is an important factor. In conclusion I think that these are the most important narrative features that affect the readers interpretation and very important to the whole structure of the book. ...read more.

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