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Personally I have sympathy for both Victor and the monster. But if I had to choose one it would be the monster

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Rachel Bell 11AS Focusing on the chosen sections of the novel, which character does the reader have mot sympathy for: Victor Frankenstein or this creature? The novel I'm going to analyse is called 'The Modern Prometheus' which means creation. Mary Shelley wrote it in 1816 and it first got published in 1818. She wrote it because it referred a little to her life and her experiences. The novel is about a very ambitious doctor who saw his mother die when he was at a very young age. He thinks he can defeat death by creating a monster. The consequences of creating the monster where drastic, he killed some of Victor's family. Next Victor was found by Walton lay on some ice very weak and half dead. Walton helped Victor get onto his ship. Victor told Walton everything, just before Victor died he told Walton to destroy the monster. So Walton went and found the monster and they had a conversation, but at the end the monster jumped out of the window and nothing was seen of him again. This story has made quite a big impact on modern society today as it makes people ask questions about human creation such as cloning. The novel has many layers as it is told from two different perspectives, story-telling and letters. ...read more.

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This resulted in her having to anonymously publish her novel as she was not socially accepted. Her father who was high in the publishing world would have also tried to stop her getting it published. After her husband committed suicide she may have gained some sympathy but I think a majority of the population blamed her for his death. This may have had a bad affect on book sales. In the story, Frankenstein is both the victim and the villain, but he only considers himself to be the victim. He's the villain because he created life and then disowned it to live and learn by itself, which is where child abuse comes in. In some parts of the book you do feel quite a lot of sympathy for Victor. When he was creating the monster, for example he said he suffered from "anxiety that almost amounted to agony." Victors implying that he was so nervous and anxious that it actually caused him physical pain. He also states "I had deprived myself of rest and health," meaning that he had worked so hard and long it had effected his health. When Victor looks for the monster on the frozen ocean he still tries to gain sympathy using language such as "despair" and "I myself was about to sink under accumulation of distress." ...read more.

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It considers itself to be more sinned against than the sinner when it says "all humankind sinned against me." The feeling of self pity continues with "I desired love and fellowship and I was still spurned" and "your abhorrence cannot equal that with which I regard myself." It feels totally "injustice" towards itself with everyone despising it and having sympathy only for Victor. This would make the reader feel very sympathetic towards the monster he has only turned out to be the despised and hated creature that he now is due to the actions of others. Both characters make convincing cases in an attempt to gain sympathy from the reader. Both are sinned against, (Victor has his family killed by his own creation and his creation itself is abandoned and despised) and it is a matter of opinion who the victim actually is. The reasons behind Victor deciding to create life in the first place could be seen as an important factor. Was he trying to be the first person to create life in this way to satisfy his ego or was he doing it for the good of human kind? Personally I have sympathy for both Victor and the monster. But if I had to choose one it would be the monster, because it was born an adult and never got chance to learn right from wrong and it had no parents to teach it anything nor no friends. ...read more.

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