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Is Frankensteins creation is a creature or a monster?

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Frankenstein The main focus in this story is the decision as to whether Frankenstein's creation is a creature or a monster. Mary Shelley's use of language gives the reader contrasting feelings of hatred and sympathy throughout the novel. When the creature is first created the setting is presented as 'a dreary night of November.' The weather is an indicator of what is going to happen. Bleak, dark dreary and cold as it is November. This is much like what the creature's heart turns out to be. You feel a lot sympathy towards the creature when he is created; Frankenstein describes him as a 'catastrophe' and Shelley emphasises how disappointed he was at his creation. It is significant that he'd chosen all these body parts that he thought were beautiful but in realising his dream they turn out to be repulsive looking. Shelley is trying to show that it's a person as a whole that's beautiful, not individual parts. They need to build up their personality and depth to their person over time and need to grow and learn, not just be made as an adult. Frankenstein doesn't allow the creature to do this; he doesn't even listen to him. Frankenstein 'worked hard for two years for the sole purpose' of infusing life into his creation. It is ironic that in order to bring this new being to life, Frankenstein had to stop is. Frankenstein's heart was filled with 'breathless horror and disgust.' This was probably passed onto the creature. ...read more.


This could show that the creature's actually human and can control his temper, or it could be that the creature realises that being alive with no-one is worse than death and he wants Frankenstein to suffer like he has. We feel sorrow for the creature because he has been rejected all through his life because even at 'birth' he said he felt 'half frightened'. This length of rejection provides some reasoning as to his behaviour in the later parts of his life. Mary Shelley puts the creature's story in because this gives us some insight into how the creature feels. The creature's story from pages 98 - 129 is written as a monologue. This is significant because this makes the creature seem even more isolated because he's telling the story all on his own. The creature says 'Darkness then came over me and troubled me.' This makes the creature seem unlike a monster because monsters and evil are normally associated with the dark. Next, the creature sat down and wept. This makes the reader feel deep compassion towards the creature because he's obviously upset. Even today in modern society when a man cries we think that something really bad must have happened because men aren't 'supposed' to cry. It's seen as weak so this makes the creature seen weak also. We also feel sympathy for the creature because he said 'sometimes I tried to imitate the pleasant songs of the bird but was unable,"the inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again." ...read more.


When the creature calls Frankenstein 'man; he is not just referring to Frankenstein but to all of mankind because they have all shunned him. Before Elizabeth's death the writer uses words of violence to build it up and set the scene. 'Darkness' 'great violence', 'heavy storm of rain.', 'flight of the vulture,' and 'dreadful' are all used to describe the scene. She has done this to make it seem all the more sinister and to provoke the thought that even the weather knew what was about to take place. At this point the creature seems like a monster because he murdered Elizabeth who was innocent. This seems unjust and unfair, ironically everything that the creature has suffered. At Frankenstein's death the creature seems regretful and sorrowful even after all Frankenstein has put him. This makes him seem humane and because of this he cannot be classed s a monster. After this the creature says he will go and he will die, he will kill himself. He realises that he was not meant to be created and not meant to be on the earth. It says at the end that Frankenstein left and was lost in "darkness and distance." This is ironic because most of tortured life he'd been lost in darkness because no-one guided him, no one showed him the light. Overall, I think that the creature was a creature and not a monster. He did some monstrous things in his life but his regret and repentance make him a creature. ...read more.

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