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Who do you feel more sympathy for- Frankenstein or the monster?

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Frankenstein Who do you feel more sympathy for- Frankenstein or the monster? In the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley wrote one of the most famous science fiction/ horror novels of all time. She wrote it at Lake Geneva and based it on the myth of Prometheus. Meaning a god in a Greek myth who created people out of clay and stole fire from the gods and gave it to the humans. The other gods were outraged by this and chained him to a mountain and a hawk or crow came and ate his liver every day (it regenerated because he was a god). Prometheus eventually escaped with the help of Hercules. The modern Prometheus (Victor Frankenstein) creates a being, but instead of clay uses dead body parts and electricity. Instead of being chained to a mountain Frankenstein is punished by the creature/ Monster who kills his family. The reader feels more sympathy for Frankenstein's monster as he faces hatred and oppression. The creature is oppressed because he is topped doing what he wants to do, which is interacting with people. Mary Shelley wrote the novel because the people who stayed at Lake Geneva were told to write a horror story by Lord Byron. Those present were Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, her husband (Percy Shelley) and John Polidori. The scariest novel would win. Mary won the competition. ...read more.

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The creature's story makes the reader realise that he isn't a monster just a neglected baby who grows up full of hatred because of oppression and mistreatment. The novel's genre is a romance, horror, thriller, science fiction, and action. This might be the reason why it is so popular. It is a romantic novel because of the fact that the creature desires love and because of Frankenstein's love for his family. It is a horror novel from Frankenstein's point of view because the creature seems like a monster that is intent on killing and hurting people. It is also a thriller novel because it leaves you in suspense about the murder of the young boy, William, and also a science fiction story for the cloning and bringing to life of a human being. It is an action novel as well because of the fighting and chasing. When the book was first published, it was not popular at all since it was considered a dark and devilish novel. Readers were extremely superstitious at the time. It became more popular as people became less superstitious and understood the subtext of promoting parenting skills. Mary Shelley's original name was a Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and on the 30th of August Mary Shelley's mother died giving birth to her. Her mother and father were also Famous in the publishing world. When she was 17, she eloped to France with her lover. ...read more.

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When Frankenstein was a young boy he described his own character saying 'My temper was sometimes violent, and my passions vehement´┐Ż which suggests to the reader that they were very similar. Unfortunately the hideous body never allowed any human to experience the other side of its character. All in all they both were just as evil in their own way and both ended up unhappy. The creature was not a great deal different they were both smart and craved knowledge. If Frankenstein was treated as bad as the creature was then he would have certainly turned his back on all of humanity. The creature's life would have been very different if he had a father who did not abandon him and loved him, because the creature would have someone to lean on. I feel more sympathy for the creature than for victor Frankenstein mainly due to the fact that the creature wasn't even given the right to live or be loved. The creature was put through many ordeals and was hated by all that see/ meet him with an exception of one, the blind man. The blind man didn't reject the creature because he couldn't see his abnormal body. I hardly felt any empathy toward victor since he abandoned his son the person he gave life to then not allow him to live. I believe that I feel sorry for the monster more because I could imagine the difficulty of not having any parents to bring me up. ...read more.

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