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Is Mary Shelley More Sympathetic Towards Frankenstein or His Creation

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Is Mary Shelley More Sympathetic towards Frankenstein or his creation? What message does this novel have for society? Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an epistolary novel; an epistolary novel is one that is written in the form of a series of letters. This type of writing allows the reader to be easily manipulated into thinking certain things, as the letters only mention what the characters writing the letters are aware of. This makes the reader unaware of other situations and creates a lot of mystery in the novel and particularly the characters themselves. Using this style of writing Mary Shelley instantly persuades the readers to view Frankenstein as the hero of the novel and his nameless creation as the villain. Frankenstein starts of in the novel as a young intelligent man who is embarking on a trip to a university where he meets a professor who once experimented with life at dangerous levels. Frankenstein overhears this knowledge from a fellow class mate Henry Clerval and is intrigued. This Information soon leads to Frankenstein's discovery of his professors notes, his professor had no intention of ever picking up from where he was forced to stop, but Frankenstein had other ideas, when his professor unfortunately passed away it led Frankenstein to believe that the research already done would be wasted if it wasn't completed, so he took it upon himself to carry the experiments out. ...read more.

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felt sympathy towards Victor Frankenstein, however when the monster tells us his side of the story we shift our views completely giving the sympathy vote to the creation and feeling angry towards Victor Frankenstein for allowing the creature to go through such pain and neglect. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has a second title; 'The Modern Prometheus' Prometheus in Greek mythology was a titan who stole fire from Olympia and gave it to the humans. For this, the gods punished him by having him tied to a rock and each day large birds would feast on his organs, only for them to have grown back by the next morning meaning a lifetime of suffering. This story has to link with the novel or else it's a pointless second title. Personally I feel that it links in very well with the novel because Victor Frankenstein is Prometheus, just like Prometheus Frankenstein thought that what he was doing was for the good of mankind, he only had the best intentions however it backfired and he was punished much like Prometheus but with the murder of his loved ones by his neglected creation. Mary Shelley's life involved a lot of traumatic times, whilst growing up she had no mother as she unfortunately passed away during child birth, she then gave birth to deformed children who went on to pass away. ...read more.

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The creature is allowed to get his revenge, release all his rage on Victor, but he also ends the novel with his life still in tact. This shows that he in Mary Shelley's eyes while writing the novel believes that he deserves this. For the majority of the story in my eyes both Mary Shelley's sympathy and the readers sympathy is sided with Victor Frankenstein's creation. This novel can be seen as a warning to society. Both back when it was written and today its a relevant message to everyone. Boundaries are being pushed in science and development across the globe in all areas, all the time. At the time the novel was being written the industrial revolution was happening with boundaries being pushed dramatically just like victor was in the novel, this could have provoked this idea and made Mary Shelley involve it in her novel. Today's message is linked quite closely, genetic modification and cloning are a few of the scientific advances that are being made and new breakthroughs in this type of technology are being found, however its all going ahead rather quickly and the morals surrounding this issue are being opposed but still not solved. There may be serious effects to these experiments just like there was in the novel, but we shall never know unless the experiments are carried out, we just have to make sure that we learn from Victor Frankenstein's mistakes and take more care over our actions today and in the future. By Joe Meikle ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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