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TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU THINK SHELLY INTENDS US TO RESPOND TO THE CREATURE AS A 'MONSTER'

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TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU THINK SHELLY INTENDS US TO RESPOND TO THE CREATURE AS A 'MONSTER' We are first introduced to the creature when Frankenstein, his creator, is describing him. First he is described as something beautiful "limbs were in proportion" and "features were beautiful". However, his ability to self-contradict becomes apparent very quickly when he finishes his sentence by saying: "...These luxuriance's only form a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes..." With words like "shrivelled complexion" and "straight black lips", this gives the impression to the reader that firstly the creature does not look a human being and, secondly, he is hideous in Frankenstein's eyes. Also when the creature is bought to life the setting is "a dreary night of November", "rain pattered dismally against the pains" and his "candle was nearly burnt out". This pathetic fallacy sets an eerie stage and the reader can anticipate that something bad is about to happen, and can almost predict that the creature is going to be ominously different. The creature differs to humans in many ways. Firstly, his physical appearance is different; he is eight foot tall, "yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries" and shrivelled complexion and black lips. Secondly, his arrival into the world was by artificial means and not by conception and birth. ...read more.

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These are acts of pure love and kindness. He is unmercenary in his motives and seeks no reward. A monster would not do these things and this shows his humane side. The way he reacts after he is rejected by the delacy family appears to be quite monsterous, but to be quite fair to the monster after the build up of so much tension and then to have your final hope so cruelly dashed, perhaps his reactions are not so surprising , maybe they may even be considered a natural human reaction. However, what is significant is Mary shelly's language, and her words that will eventually lead you to the impression as to what the creature is reallylike. When the creature burns the house down Mary shelly writes "...1 lighted the dry branch of a tree, and danced, with fury around the devoted cottage". This conjures up a very frightening image of the creature and he appears almost demonical it's as if he is carrying out a satanic ritual as he dances around the burning house, screaming. At the start of the creatures narrative, Mary uses language that makes us empathise with the creature and it would appear that he seems more human, then a deamon, she writes "......a strange multiplicity of sensations seize me" We are shown the creature's humane qualities. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is what happens to the people who lead the way in French Revolution. They too created a monster who grew out of control and eventually the leaders were executed. Frankenstein's creature begs to be treated with kindness and respect, but he is spurned and rejected. His moral monstrosity of the terror is also a creation of the French Aristocracy. If the Aristrocracy had acknowledged and paid gratitude and respect to the common people, they would of reciprocated in kind and the need for a revolution would be unnecessary. . Both the creature and his creator are warnings/demonstrations to the world: the powerful must esteem and respect the powerless, or revolution will ensue. Now I come to answer the question "does Shelly intend us to respond to the creature as a monster". What Mary Shelly is saying is that monsters aren't born they are made. This is evident in the way that the creature is treated. When he is first introduced to the world he is a kind, loving being, perhaps even an example of goodness. But when in the face of people he is rejected, cursed upon and unloved, this in effect turns the creature into a monster. Mary is also saying that reform, when it is controlled and in the right hands is not a bas thing, but when we fail to control it will grow uncontrollable and become evil. By Joshua Gray ...read more.

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