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Mary Shelleys Frankenstein.

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Introduction

Frankenstein Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' is a story about a man called Victor Frankenstein who makes a monster out of other people's body parts. It was written in 1816 and published in 1818. This story came to be written because Mary and her associates had a challenge to see who could write the best gothic horror story. Gothic horror was popular in that time because of all the bloodshed in the French revolution which made people want to see blood, violence and torture. Many gothic horrors had people rising from the dead because a man named Luigi made a dead frog jerk using electricity and there where many other reasons. Mary Shelley's acquaintances didn't take this seriously but that night Mary had a dream in which the story came to her. All the deaths in Mary's life influenced the story a little. By closely examining the novel I will investigate how Mary Shelley makes us, the reader, sympathise with the monster. ...read more.

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The monster is often seen in a sympathetic light. For example in this quote "Be calm! Intreat you to hear me before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough that you seek to increase my misery?", the monster. is human in a way. Even, though he is made out of different materials, he still has feelings like a normal human being and he is calm and intelligent not the fiend Victor has described him to be. In their conversation on the sea of ice, we see Victor behaving like a monster verbally abusing the creature, where as, Frankenstein is more civil, he's telling Victor to calm down. If Mary Shelley portrayed Victor more like a calm gentle person, we would probably feel more sympathetic towards him but instead, in my opinion; Victor is a very cruel man which makes me feel sympathy for the monster. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here the monster is trying to say why is Victor treating me like this, he is the one who created me, but now wants nothing to do with me, I'm just a thrown away experiment. Mary Shelley wants us to think that the creature wants to belong to a family. This is a powerful image because the monster wants brothers and sisters and parents, he just wants to be loved, and if he doesn't have love the reader can tell that he needs to be loved and they show a lot of sympathy towards Frankenstein. In conclusion, the readers sympathise for the 'monster' Frankenstein, because they know that he will never have a family to love him and he will never love. I think this story has a very strong connection with society today, Frankenstein was judged on the way he looked, and people today are judged on the way they look, people need to see that it isn't how you look, its how you act. Alex Starkie Miss Bryant ...read more.

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