Explore the way that Shelley presents the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature.

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“Did I request thee, maker from my clay to mould me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?” – John Milton, Paradise Lost.

Frankenstein tells his creature that “There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies.” However, it can be argued that the creature and his creator are very similar. Explore the way that Shelley presents the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature.

        Frankenstein and the creature, although have strong feeling of hate towards each other. Frankenstein to creature for murdering his family and friends, and also creature to Frankenstein for creating him, and refusing to make a partner for the creature to have for company. Although there can obviously be no community or relationship between the creature and Frankenstein there are some similarities between them that Shelley makes obvious and shows very well.

        The first similarity we notice, when reading the novel, is how Frankenstein and the creature feel the same a lot of the time. They are both extremely lonely and feel isolated in their world. Frankenstein cannot talk to anyone about his feelings and what he has done. “…But now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” This shows how his realization of what he has done has affected him and made him feel guilty and shocked for what he has done and created, and for the knowledge he has. Once you have acquired knowledge you cannot loose it, therefore it sticks with you and you cannot forget it.

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 The creature feels as though he is different, which he is. He feels this for the simple reason that when he was walking through a village, people started to throw stones at him because he appeared to have the plague. This obviously was his normal appearance but he feels that he must stay hidden, away from people.  The only people he shows himself to, is Frankenstein and the De’Laceys, this is because he knows that Mr. De’Lacey cannot see and that Frankenstein made him so he cannot be horrified with his creature’s appearance. The creature also feels isolated as ...

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