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Mary Shelly wrote the Gothic tale

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Introduction

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 wrote the novel "Frankenstein" using gothic techniques. Nearly 200 years after the book was first published in 1818 the readers still debate about the real villain of the story. Victor Frankenstein could be the hero of the story; the reader sympathises with him when he suffers the loss of his mother, his brother William, wife Elizabeth, his father and friend Clerval. This extreme suffering that Victor goes through is a characteristic of romantic heroes. Also as Victor is narrating it emphasises the suffering that he goes through. We also feel sorry for Victor when he "had worked hard for nearly two years," he deprived himself of rest and health and now that he had finished, "the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust," filled his heart. For two years Victor slaved to create the monster but at the end the outcome was disappointing, as creature was ugly. Victor could also be the hero because he is very admirable as he strives to learn. ...read more.

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Mary Shelly incorporated theses ideas in her novel as a warning to science asking about the consequences of the work they were doing. Also as it involves breaking barriers it adds to the gothic genre that the book is based on and it would have been used to petrify the readers at the time. Also during the period in which he makes the monster Victor neglects his family for two years and even avoiding letters. As well as that when his brother William dies he leaves his grieving family and goes off to the mountains. Also he lets Justine take the blame for William's murder even though he sees the monster near the place where William's body was found. All this shows that Victor is irresponsible and self centred. As well as that Victor is very abusive towards the monster insulting him calling him Devil and threatening him saying, "Begone, vile insect! Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust." His language is very violent and the exclamation mark emphasises his anger. Also his sentence is broken up by commas making it very short and choppy, this also emphasises Victor's anger and hate towards the monster. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mary Shelly created the monster to symbolise Victor's dark side. Essentially the monster is Victor's evil "double" - the monster is the villain and murderer and Victor is less abusive side of the double. He doesn't seek in violence - but the monster lives his life seeking vengeance against Victor. In conclusion I believe that Victor is the true villain because he abandons the monster, his child, then is very abusive towards him and he does all this without even giving the monster a chance. As well as that he is prejudice towards the monster because of his looks. However, the monster may have done some bad things but they are justifiable. He may have killed most of Victor's friends and family but he has been rejected so many times that he becomes angry and feels hurt so he wants people to feel the way he is, so he makes them suffer so that they too feel his pain. Also when he threatens Victor that he will, "Glut the maw of death," he is provoked by Victor who threatens and insults him first. Therefore I think that Victor is the villain as the monster is provoked in his actions, however Victor does it out of free will. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nilesh Mistry 11SD 06/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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