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Who is the monster - Victor or the Creature?

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Victor is the Monster 1. The Monster begins life without an evil thought in its head and without a name. Victor chose to desert his parental duties, Despite the hardships it suffers - being attacked by townspeople, enduring severe cold and hunger, and being burnt when first encountering fire-- it never gives up hope of a better life which Victor never gave. 2. Without reading the novel most people believes that the Monster is evil, committing numerous crimes against humanity. However, Shelley carefully makes the reader aware that the Monster can in part be excused for these crimes, and is at heart a decent, kind and good creature. ...read more.


This is because it has grown used to man showing hatred towards it. Yet its calm acceptance of the fact begins to gain the readers sympathy. 4. The creature commits many acts of kindness, especially for the De Laceys, whom it loves. When Felix later beats it, thinking his father's life is in danger, the Monster is moved to tears of anguish and rage. it then rescues a peasant girl from drowning. Its reward for this utterly selfless and kind act is being shot. 5. At the end of the novel, despite being abandoned and mistreated by its creator, the Monster still feels compelled to grieve over Victor's dead body. ...read more.


* When he came across young William, on hearing the boy say his father was called Frankenstein, a name it knew to be that of its creator, it strangled him to death. * One night, on seeing the Monster grinning at his window as he works, Victor tears the half-built creature to pieces. The Monster howls in rage and utters "I shall be with you on your wedding night." By threatening him. * While he is gone, the Monster finds Elizabeth, whose 'shrill and dreadful' scream brings Victor rushing back. He finds his wife dead on the bed with 'the murderous mark of the fiend's grasp' still on her neck. From his window, he sees the Monster grinning at him, an echo of when Victor destroyed its 'wife'. ...read more.

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