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Some critics view the creature in Mary Shelley(TM)s Frankenstein as a victim, others as an evil monster. Explore how the narration of both the creature and Frankenstein address the reader on responsibility.

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Some critics view the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a victim, others as an evil monster. Explore how the narration of both the creature and Frankenstein address the reader on responsibility. God created all living things, so what would happen if man tried to play god? Would man take responsibility for their actions or just let the new form of life lose to society? How would society react to this new form of life? This is what Mary Shelley's Book Frankenstein explores. In her gothic horror story, a man called Victor Frankenstein, a young enthusiastic natural philosophy, makes a new form of life through body parts of deceased people. He infuses life into the creature by electricity, but as soon as Victor Frankenstein sees the 'shrivelled complexion' that he has created, he flees. Is he feeling guilty for making an evil monster or Is he running away from his responsibility of being a parent to this Creature? When Frankenstein sees the monster alive he describes his feelings as 'breathless horror', 'bitterness of disappointment', 'disgust' and 'dream vanished'. In the meantime as Frankenstein is running away from his responsibility, the creature is stumbling out into the cold where he is met by fear and aggression by everyone who sees's him. During the Creatures narrative he is getting very upset and angry by how society is treating, this meets it climax when the creature gets shot for act of kindness. He gets shot for saving a little girl from drowning but to the man it looked that this 'fiend' was kidnapping the little girl. This makes the creature upset in fury which makes him vow 'eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind'. Shortly after this he accidental kills William, but this could be used that the creature is really an evil monster but also that the creature is a victim who doesn't know its own strength. ...read more.

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When Frankenstein first sees the creature coming alive, he uses a bunch of words and phrases to describe how he is feeling and how the creature looked. He describes how he felt of seeing his creature coming to alive e.g. 'horror', 'agony', 'anxiety', 'disgust', ' breathless horror' and 'bitterness of disappointment'. Frankenstein's reaction shows how he didn't` actually realise this was going to happen for real. He describes how the creature looked when coming alive; 'catastrophe'. 'Horrid contrast', 'dun-white sockets', 'shrivelled complexion', 'dull yellow eye' whereas Frankenstein wanted to make a 'Beautiful Great God'. This effect of description of the creature makes the reader feel as if Frankenstein has made an evil monster. This makes readers scared and wondering what the creature is capable of. Frankenstein instantly disconnects himself from the creature, by running away from his creation and he doesn't even tell his best friend, called Henry Clerval, what he has just done. This suggests that Frankenstein has realised that making a new form of life was bad and he should have left it alone. When Frankenstein wakes up the next morning, he sees the Creature by his bed. All Frankenstein saw was that 'one hand was stretched out'. Frankenstein sees this as the creature is trying to kill him. I think this is like a young child asking for their mummy or daddy and the creature is just scared and wanted a hug. This could symbolize how Mary Shelley felt all alone and just wanted someone. The creature is like a baby which is lost and wondering where he is. Some critics could interpret this as he is an aggressive monster. This could also prove how the creature is a victim in Frankenstein's curiosity in natural philosophy. As Frankenstein's narration goes on, he starts to see himself the true murder as Justin goes on trial for Williams's murder. He starts to say things like; 'the result of my curiosity', 'I the cause' and 'myself guilty of the crime '. ...read more.

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This final bit of being pushed out of society make him angry and say 'I vow eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind'. Some critics might see this as the creature is showing that he is a monster. Others see it as the creature is angry and upset of being an outcast of society. Finally, the creature snaps and kills William, Frankenstein's brother, which he calls his 'first victim'. It all starts after the creature gets shot and sees William wondering about. When he first sees William, he hopes befriend him because the creature believes that William is young so wont be horrified by the creature looks and actually talk to the creature. He hopes that William will help him be not 'desolate in this peopled earth'. So the creature seizes him and hopes to 'educate him', but William sees the creature as a 'Monster! Ugly wretch'. The creature tries to explain he isn't a monster but William just blurts out that Frankenstein is his papa. This makes the creature angry and strangler William. He doses it by mistake but then realise what he has done and knows it will hurt Frankenstein so is glad to have its 'first victim'. I think that Frankenstein should have taken responsibility for his creation and teach him right from wrong. If after that the creature still went and killed people then he is an evil monster. I think that the creature is a victim of Frankenstein's curiosity. I think that society turned him into who he is. Society reacted angry towards him so that's how he reacts to people. He learned from how people reacted to him. I think that Frankenstein and society is to blame. I think that Frankenstein is the real 'hideous monster' because he is trying to play god and has a fantasy of life vs. death. The creature is just a victim of Frankenstein's mission to be the best and make life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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