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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 narrate on the issue of 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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