• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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 narrate on the issue of responsibility.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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 narrate on the issue of responsibility. The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a fictitious debate about the difference between being a victim and being true evil in the society of the age. Mary Shelley's writing style is in much the same way as Frankenstein's scientific style. Where Frankenstein used many different body parts from many different corpses to build his creature, Mary Shelley used many different historical and writing contexts to build upon her novel. These contexts which she used in the novel included Darwin's theory, gothic horror genre, the advances in medicine and technology and even her own background. ...read more.

Middle

When looking at it he describes it as a 'wretch', because though he made it using body parts from beautiful people when all put together they showed off the horrid creatures shrivelled complexion. From what he thought would be the beauty of a dream, turned into that of breathless horror and disgust. Going on, Frankenstein feels that what he has done is totally wrong and starts regretting what he has done more and more calling his creation a 'miserable monster' and a demoniacal corpse. The way in which the book is written gives the reader a personal view of what the main characters feel. It gives an opportunity to give their own view on the responsibility towards the terrible events in the novel. ...read more.

Conclusion

You get to see a non-biased argument drawing the reader to the conclusion they deem true. In my opinion, I believe the creature was a victim to society, and not the monster he was seen as. When a baby is born it has the chance of a good life, the creature never got this. When he was created he was abandoned and everyone he saw rejected him socially due to his looks and his naivety towards society. In many ways he was a baby really, learning about life, but he had to learn the hard way as he did not have any parents to help him grow mentally. Instead he was built up from the anger and fear caused by the people that just rejected him from society and fuelled on this, he turned into his evil self, turning the anger and fear into hatred. Anthony Parisi 11 more ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. How does Mary Shelley present the creature in "Frankenstein"?

    controversial material available to read and to see in the form of films. The way that Victor speaks to the creature is crucial to the story and the terms of abuse that he uses to refer to him are meant to make the reader feel his disgust towards the creature.

  2. Frankenstein's Monster: Monster or victim

    Justine is hanged for the murder although Victor knows the creature is responsible. He cannot do anything though because no one knows of this. Victor decides to go into the mountains where he is found by the creature who tells his side of the story.

  1. Examine the ways in which Mary Shelley engages the readers sympathies for the monster.

    He learns the language by listening to conversations between the cottagers and also finds books and articles; he is extremely keen for knowledge and appreciates both the science of letters and the language. This displays how appreciative he is compared to the majority of ordinary human beings.

  2. 'Frankenstein's savage patterns suggest that he not the apparently more civilised creature is the ...

    He is so amazed by the work of his hands and the sheer brilliance of it all that he forgets to look at the bigger picture, that of total horror, and to barely touch the surface, stupidity. The way Frankenstein went about creating this being was abominable.

  1. Frankenstein's Creature: Monster or Victim

    Examples of this are: in August 1797 Mary was born and her parents had an ethical opposition to marriage but in March, 5 months earlier to her birth, they married to give their daughter 'social respectability'. This relates to 'Frankenstein' because marriage is portrayed as negative when Elizabeth gets killed after her and Victor marries.

  2. How does Mary Shelley manipulate your response to the characters of Frankenstein and his ...

    The weather tells us that the story is going to be scary and adds to the anticipation. The opening of the book suggests to us that it is going to be a gothic horror we can tell this because of one of the sentences.

  1. HOW IS THE MONSTER PORTTRAYED IN CHAPTERS 11 TO 16 OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NOVEL?

    differences: "I found that the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird and thrush were sweet and enticing". This quotation is a comparison between the pleasures and pains of nature. The monster realised that he could not express himself and then built up a strong desire to express himself.

  2. Is the creature in 'Frankenstein' avillain or victim, and what is the message of ...

    My cheek had grown pale with study...' This shows us that, similar to Walton, he stays up for endless hours, doesn't go home or even eat. Frankenstein does not realise he is making mistakes, this is shown when he says: 'Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, I failed; yet still clung to the hope...'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work