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Mary Shelly wrote the Gothic tale

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Lukveer Behal -11sp Due data- Monday 1st December 2003 GCSE English Coursework Mary Shelly wrote the Gothic tale "Frankenstein". In the novel, who is the true villain, the monster or Victor Frankenstein? Which character do you have the most sympathy for? Mary Shelly is best known for her chilling Gothic horror tale "Frankenstein". The story is world famous and is still relevant today. There are two main characters in the novel. There's the young ambitious student playing god which is Victor Frankenstein who's finding the secret of giving life and there's the gentle hearted, gruesome monster who must hide from society because of his appearance, but who is the true villain and which character do we have the most sympathy for? Victor Frankenstein may possibly be seen as a hero for many reasons also most important of all why do we feel sympathy towards him. Victor Frankenstein could be seen as a hero for wanting to create life. One of the reasons why Victor Frankenstein wanted to create life was because he was devastated by his mother's death. We know this because he says "It was long the mind can persuade itself that she whom we saw every day and whose very existence appeared a part of our own, can departed forever". The reader has sympathy towards Frankenstein as he is in shock and grieving over his mother's death and this could be one reason why he wanted to create life so that families never have to see their loved ones go. Frankenstein had good intentions by creating life to stop death also to make the world a better place as well as he wanted to renew life and we ...read more.

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helped her something terrible happened he says "I hardly knew why but when the man saw me draw near, he aimed a gun, which he carried, at my body, and fired". The reader feels sorry for the monster as he tried to help mankind but mankind gave him nothing in return apart from hurt and injuries. After William's death this is what the monster asks and says to Frankenstein "I am alone and miserable man not associate with me but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create" the monster wants Frankenstein to create him a companion just like him so he will have someone to share things with. The monster starts to hate mankind but at the start it was a different matter the monster says "I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure" but later on he says "the mildness of my nature had fled and all the within me was turned to gall and bitterness" this tells us the monster didn't want to be bad but he had enough, he had been pushed to far. Another reason why the monster could be seen as a noble savage is because towards the end when Frankenstein died he also paid for his deeds and was sorry for all the terrible things he had done and is grieving over his creator. There are many reasons why Frankenstein could be seen as the monster as well as there are many things he does wrong but why does the reader dislike him. ...read more.

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They are giving another important message and that is to give people a chance to show the good side of them because if you don't they might just turn bad. The themes are about isolation, alienation, creation, death, madness and revenge. At the end you feel as neither of them got justice because it was both of their faults and they both paid for it in some way. You feel kind of sad because Frankenstein is dead and the monster is miserable. Frankenstein told the story to Walton and he was crying and upset towards the end as he maybe felt no one really was to blame and felt sorry for the monster. The message Mary Shelly was trying to get across to the society was that people should take responsibility and should accept things ugly, new and scary. Of the two main characters I think the true monster or villain was neither of them because they both made their mistakes and they both paid off for their mistakes in some way. They both had good and bad points about them selves. I think Frankenstein was grieving and shocked over his mother's death and that's how his obsession started and that's when he took the wrong path. I think the monster took the wrong path when he got too tired of the society being cruel and abuse towards him and when all along he tried to be a good person. I have come to the final conclusion that neither of them was to blame as they both had their faults. So really I think in Frankenstein there is no true villain. By Lukveer Behal ...read more.

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