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Relationship Between Frankestein and the Creature.

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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FRANKESTEIN AND THE CREATURE Although Gothic novels were written mainly to strike terror in their readers, they also served to show the dark side of human nature. Many of the above mentioned elements appear in Frankenstein. Nature is used frequently to create atmosphere. It predicts forthcoming events (e.g. the rainstorm on Victor's wedding night foretells something evil is about to occur, when there is warm weather Victor and the monster have their spirits lifted). The eerie atmosphere of Frankenstein is typical of the gothic tradition. Victor, unafraid of the dark, spends his time in vaults and charnel houses. He visits the cemeteries at night, and such details as the creaking doors, the soft blowing of the wind in the still of the night and the quiet footsteps in the house all succeeds as a gothic horror or even a ghost story. Another element is sickness. Throughout Frankenstein, several characters grow sick during periods of extreme stress. Sickness serves as an escape from life's harsh reality. It also seems to foretell horrible future events. Science fiction explores the marvels of discovery and achievement that may result from future developments in science and technology. Mary Shelley used some of the most recent technological finding of her time to create Frankenstein. She has replaced the heavenly fire of the Prometheus myth with the spark of newly discovered electricity. The concepts of electricity and warmth led to the discovery of the galvanization process, which was said to be the key to the animation of life. ...read more.

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I believe this was because he had planned to destroy the creature and was enjoying the history that he had created before it was too late. The guilt was making Victor unhealthy, and his dad had realised that the death was causing immense amount of pain to him. At night Frankenstein went sailing and was admiring things which had been there all the time. He was now living life for the moment and wasn't planning so far ahead. Although he was considering running away, but wasn't sure as he would have left his family exposed to the creature 'and leave them exposed to the malice of the fiend'. The state of mind show Frankenstein upset and worried, you usually only notice little things when you feel your life is in danger are you are grieving about something. Frankenstein was so upset that he didn't even want his mind to be at peace. 'Wished peace would revisit my mind only that I might afford them consolation and happiness.' This shows that Frankenstein would rather be tormented by something to keep reminding him of the deaths he had caused them let him forget about them. At this point the only way the he would gain happiness would be to kill the creature that he had created. When Frankenstein met the creature in the icy mountains he was filled with 'rage and horror' when he realised it was the creature, and his first word to him was 'devil'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout the story I have parted with the creature because he had to go from being something that had been created to something that had to learn to live with humans by himself. He had also learnt to read and write himself. He was in the same boat as Frankenstein when Elizabeth and Frankenstein's mother got scarlet fever, lonely. Also the creature had only demanded one thing from Frankenstein who had promised him this, but then abruptly changed his mind. Frankenstein should have made more of an effort to see the creature point of view and how he was feeling. The relationship between the creature and Frankenstein is dramatic and interesting for a modern reader, because it is similar to a modern relationship between 2 people. There are always ups and downs, lies and promises that are broken. The main characterization that has made an impact on me is pity for the monster. This is because the monster tries so hard to be loved and in return he is rejected every time from his creator and other people. Even though he kills a lot of Victor's family, he hasn't been taught that killing people is wrong. He hasn't been taught anything since he was created. He had never had a father or mother to teach him what was right and what was wrong. Nevertheless, like man, the creature is basically good. The monster turns into a monster only after his love is not reciprocated. Shelley shows that monsters are made by the environment and their experiences in life. ...read more.

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