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Pre 1900 Prose - Frankensein

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Pre 1900 prose coursework Which character does the reader have the most sympathy for: Victor Frankenstein or his creature? The full title of the novel is Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Prometheus was a Greek god who created humanity this links in with the book as Victor is the creator of the monster. The novel was written by Mary Shelley in 1818. The book is basically about a man who is obsessed with life and attempts to cheat death and is unaware of the consequences, that in the end go terribly wrong. The main characters of the book are Victor, Frankenstein, Captain Walton and Elizabeth. Each of the characters tells the story from a different point of view. Mary Shelley has done this to manipulate the reader's feelings. The story is told from 3 different people: Captain Walton writing a letter to his sister. The creature telling victor what happened to himself and Victor telling Captain Walton. The story is relevant in today's society because people are capable of cloning and genetically modifying. ...read more.


This makes us feel sympathy for the monster as he realises what is wrong and wants to change things. The monster is extremely unhappy when people ignore or hate him. This is established when he says, 'The family were not entirely happy....I saw no cause for the unhappiness; but I was deeply affected by it.' This quote shows that people are unhappy about him and he sees no reason for it. There are also several other things that the monster says that make you feel sympathy for him However, after being abused by human beings, he decides to hate all humans. He realizes in his journeys that he is ugly and revolting. He says, 'All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things!' The monster is referred to as, 'monster', 'demon' and 'wretched creature'. Which are mean and terrible words to describe something. The appearance of the monster also adds to this point. The monster is revolting and horrifying, as he is made from different body parts of humans. ...read more.


He tries to put things right. There are many reasons why people feel no sympathy for Victor mainly because he abandons his creature rather than even trying to teach it. He is also shown not to be a good father. He doesn't even try to help his own creation. He is believed to have played god, despite warnings. This is shown when Victor says, 'Ye weep, unhappy ones, but these are not your last tears! Again shall you raise the funeral wail, and the sound of your lamentations shall again and again be heard.' This shows Victor's anger. Both of these characters have equal faults, but only one can be called a villain of this novel. I think that the monster is the villain. He did not begin his life as evil, society made him to evil. Even though he began as innocent, the abuse he suffered does not give him the excuse to kill others. There is no reason for murder. Victor abandoned his child but did not go around murdering people. I definitely feel sympathy for the monster, but I feel that he shouldn't have done what he did. And feel more sympathy for Victor. ?? ?? ?? ?? John Smith 12/10/2006 1 ...read more.

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