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What Character is the Most Sympathetic? Victor Frankenstein or The Creature.

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What Character is the Most Sympathetic? Victor Frankenstein or The Creature Frankenstein was written in 1816 by Mary Shelley when she was eighteen years old. Her early life mirrored some of the main parts of the story. For example Victor Frankenstein's mother died when he was seventeen of scarlet fever and Mary Shelley's mother died in childbirth. This shows a correlation between their pasts as both of their mothers died when they were quite young Mary Shelley's father's second wife discarded her and this is reminiscent of Victor and the creature. Frankenstein is a Gothic novel and the Gothic style was very popular at the time. The elements of a Gothic novel are, it is set at night time and there are a lot of superstitious activities. Themes related to Gothic novels include, the supernatural, mystery, horror, surprise, anger, an extreme use of emotions and dreams or visions. The Greek myth of Prometheus is reflected in Victor Frankenstein's character. Prometheus gave fire to humans without the god's permission. He was punished by having his liver eaten each day by a bird. This relates to Victor Frankenstein because he created life against god's wishes. Victor is punished by losing his wife, his brother and ultimately himself to the monster. In chapter one Victor Frankenstein is introduced to the reader. ...read more.

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From the beginning of the chapter we know that something is going to happen because pathetic fallacy is used to build up an atmosphere of suspense and an outcome of horror. We can probably guess that if the creature is unsightly which the atmosphere leads us to believe, then Victor will probably reject is. The examples of pathetic fallacy at the start are "dreary night of November" and "the rain pattered dismally" The creature is also brought to life at night so that even more suspense is created. This part in the story refers to Mary Shelley's earlier life because she was rejected by her father. At this point I feel sympathy for the creature because before he was given a chance to express himself he was rejected. I feel no sympathy for Victor at all because he is very selfish since he feels that everything should be perfect and fit in with his plans and if it doesn't then he doesn't want it. Pathetic fallacy plays a large part in chapter ten and leads me to feel more sympathetic towards the creature. The atmosphere was described as being cold, wet and icy. Victor seems quite weak and preoccupied as he climbs the mountain. He does not show much anger but tension is built up because there is a high chance of an accident as the mountain was unsafe. ...read more.

Conclusion

He created the creature in the hope that he could bring people back from the dead. He could not have known that it would turn out like it did. We also see a change in the creature's attitude towards the Victor. The creature apologises for killing Victor but Victor is dead and Robert Walton reproaches him because he believes that the creature is a hypocrite and doesn't deserve forgiveness. I can see this from the quotes, "Wretch," and "Hypocritical Fiend." We can see that Walton felt sympathy for Victor because he uses aggressive words towards the creature but kind-hearted expressions towards Victor. I feel most sympathetic to Victor overall after reading the whole story because he tried to help people all the time and the entire experiment was formed so that he could bring people back to life so that they could enjoy more time with their loved ones. However, when the creature was first created I felt sorry for the creature because it was discarded by Victor before it had a chance to express itself and it was totally rejected by mankind. Every person that the creature met alienated him even though he attempted to befriend them. I thought that this was very cruel but it did not give the creature the excuse to murder Frankenstein's family. This was an act of rage and revenge which caused me to completely change my mind about feeling sympathetic towards the creature. Christopher Haggart 11MJD Frankenstein Essay ...read more.

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