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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Introduction

Frankenstein "Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley in the year 1816. It is a gothic fiction novel and one of the first sci-fi novels of its kind. At the time, Mary Shelly had many influences such as the "Monk", written by MG Lewis and "Vathek" by William Beckford. Some other influential factors were the scientific developments going on at the time the book was set, such as scientists were running electricity through a dead frog, trying to bring it back to life. In this essay I will raise key points and themes that Mary Shelley uses to evoke the readers sympathy for the creature, such as the use of language and how the setting of the novel makes the reader feel sympathetic towards the creature. The novel "Frankenstein" is based on a professor called Victor Frankenstein who makes a big mistake and creates a creature that slowly destroys Victors life. Victor abandons the creature who is an affectionate character to begin with. However, the creature then feels isolated and therefore turns evil and wants revenge. ...read more.

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The way the creature is perceived and stereotyped create sympathy as well as the way he is treated like an animal. He says "I quitted the cottage and in the general tumult escaped unperceived to my hovel" This makes the reader feel very sympathetic towards the creature, as he has no home to retreat too, and after the way he is treated he has to go back to a "hovel" which he doesn't deserve to do. This is an example of animal imagery as animals are known to live in hovels. When the creature meets De Lacey he feels he has made a friend and he is very happy at this time. Shelley hints that they'll accept the creature but there is a contrast here and they don't. The creature says "who could describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?" This makes the reader feel very sympathetic because it shows no one will accept him as a normal human and because he's ugly, he is perceived as being an evil person. This is also a language point which also adds to the sympathy the reader has for the creature. ...read more.

Conclusion

He carries this horrific body around, tragically. "Frankenstein" is a gothic fiction novel although it sometimes deviates from normal gothic fiction rules. In normal gothic novels, where there is a monster, the monster is born evil and it is nature that makes the creature evil but in "Frankenstein", Nurture makes the creature evil. When the creature was brought to life, he was a kind and affectionate character but the way he is treated (nurture) changes him to an evil character. This makes the reader feel very sorry for the creature as when he was kind and benevolent, he was treated very unfairly and stereotyped because of his looks and the villagers and Victor don't realise that it is them who have changed the creature and he wasn't just born evil. The novel "Frankenstein" is a very sympathetic book. Mary Shelley constantly evokes the reader's sympathy for the creature by using many different language techniques. The novel is also effective in conveying key themes such as isolation and nurture and how people can change, according to their surroundings. Overall, this is a very effective novel in generating sympathy for the creature. ?? ?? ?? ?? Scott Thompson 11BE ...read more.

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