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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Introduction

Frankenstein "Frankenstein" is a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1816, and is also an example of gothic fiction. Gothic Fiction was an influential genre, which contains supernatural, unexplained and weird events. This style was inspired by writers from 1750 - 1900, such as MG Lewis and William Bectford. During the writing of this novel, scientific developments were happening, such as scientists that animal were powered by electricity for example. Scientists were transferring electricity into frogs, which caused these frogs to start twitching. "Frankenstein" was one of the first Science - Friction novels. The part of the novel I will be concentrating on is written in first-person narrating. Shelly uses this technique to simulate the story in your head, to cause the reader to be more sympathetic towards the creature. So basically, having an insight on how the creature was abandoned will cause the reader to embrace more sympathy towards the creature. Shelley has given the monster characteristics, which almost make hum human, "Who was I, what was I, where did I come from?" this shows that he has no identity; basically, he doesn't know who he is, where he came from, and doesn't know why he came into existence. The creature is also quite childlike: "I could seize him, and educate him as my companion and friend," He wants William for himself, which is quite selfish, childlike, always wanting everything for himself. ...read more.

Middle

The theme of nature versus nurture causes the reader to have more sympathy towards the creature. Another theme which is used is prejudice. Prejudice is a view of other, which often leads to the creature into being victimised: "Who can describe their horror and consternation beholding me," This shows how people just saw him, and immediately went against him. This causes even more sympathy for the reader. People's inability to see the true inside of the creature, than just being prejudice because of his looks is the key theme in this novel. During Chapter 15 Shelley hints to the reader that the people at the cottage may accept him, "I Perhaps may be of use in undeceiving the," said the blind man shows that he is in support of the creature with the residence he's going on about builds up sense of happiness for the reader, and maybe a sense of relief, towards the creature. But when he rejected, this provokes sympathy from the reader powerfully. Shelley uses many other ways to create sympathy for the creature. The way the creature is perceived and stereotyped create sympathy as well as the way he is treated like an animal like imagery when he says "I quitted the cottage and in the general tumult escaped unperceived to my hovel" This makes the reader feel ...read more.

Conclusion

He carries this horrific body around, tragically. "Frankenstein" is a gothic fiction novel although it may sometimes deviates from normal gothic fiction rules. In most gothic novels, there is usually a monster, which is born evil and its nature that makes the monster evil but in "Frankenstein", Nurture is what causes the creature to be evil. When the creature was brought to life, he was a very affectionate character but the way he is treated (nurture) changes him to an 'evil' character. This makes the reader feel sympathy towards the creature as when he was kind and benevolent, he was treated very unfairly and stereotyped because of the way looks and the villagers and Victor doesn't realize that the creature wasn't born evil, but its nurture caused it to become evil. This novel, "Frankenstein", is an extremely sympathetic book. Shelley constantly, throughout the book, keeps adding to the reader's sympathy and uses many different techniques to help this. The novel is also effective in conveying key themes such as isolation and nurture, which is how people change depending on how they are brought up. Overall, I enjoyed this book this novel is excellent for generating sympathy for the creature. Paul Phillips 11TH ...read more.

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