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Many critics have commented that the creature is ultimately a character with whom we sympathise. Explore Mary Shelleys presentation of the creature in light of this

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Many critics have commented that the "creature" is ultimately a character with whom we sympathise. Explore Mary Shelley's presentation of the "creature" in light of this comment. The creature within Frankenstein can be considered as a character that we sympathise with as a result of the events in which he is exposed to. For instance, within the creature's narrative he describes his first few moments of life and describes being chased by the villagers. This highlights the rejection the creature is exposed to on a whole and his initial fear of "the barbarity of man" this creates sympathy because we are aware that the creature meant no harm yet he was "attacked" unjustly. The need to be love is a basic human need, and rejection is a painful experience, perhaps the readers understanding of rejection will create sympathy for ...read more.

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Scenes such as this one ultimately create sympathy for the creature through Shelley's creation of a child-like persona with the creature's apparent learning of concepts of the world such as "I found with pleasure that the fire gave light as well as heat" and his child-like fear of the dark. The creature is almost forgotten as un-human because of all his human qualities, but is thought of as an orphan child, with his dreaming and longing to be accepted into a family, "I looked upon them as superior beings, who would be the arbiters of my future destiny", additionally, his idealistic world he imagines is quite child-like too, as he does not understand that he will never be accepted. This sense of isolation from which the creature is forced into, creates sympathy towards him because he did not act for this life. ...read more.

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but I am alone, miserably alone." This quotation also outlines the unjustness in the creatures exile from humanity and the consequences of his good actions, for example when he was shot for saving a drowning girl "this was then the reward of my benevolence," which overall give the creature a reason behind his cruel actions, such as the murdering of a child, and allowing the reader to maintain a sense of sympathy for the creator because, "inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind." This is an important feature within the novel, as the murders and the callousness of the creature pose a threat to the sympathy of the readers; however it is salvaged by the knowledge that "I [the creature] is malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind." ...read more.

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