Do Readers Find It Easy to Sympathise with Frankenstein's Monster?

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Do Readers Find It Easy to Sympathise With The Monster? Book: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley When only 17, Mary Shelley wrote the novel “Frankenstein”. At the time of publication, it was a very unique and daring novel – it challenged long-held religious beliefs, it challenged people’s beliefs, and it challenged society. Because of this, I aim to answer the question as to whether the novel achieved what could be argued was it’s main aim – did it make the reader feel sorry for Victor’s creation? A pivotal Chapter for answering this question is Chapter 15. In Chapter 15, the Monster discovers a copy of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” in the woods. He reads it as fact and draws parallels between himself and the poem. He decides he should introduce himself to the De Lacey family in the hope that they will befriend him, but in the end he is chased away. In this Chapter, the Monster also reads Victor’s medical journals and learns how he was created. These events should enable the reader to sympathise with the Monster as they are allegories for the Monster’s confusion and lostness. An extract that backs up this idea is the line “…what did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred but I was unable to solve them.” Readers may also find it easy to sympathise with The Monster as Shelley is very critical of Frankenstein. For example, in Chapter 15 when the Monster is talking about Frankenstein’s journal that documented his creation, the Monster says ““Everything is related in them which bares reference to my accursed origin; the whole detail of that series of disgusting circumstances which produced it is set in view; the minutest description of my odious and loathsome person is given, in language which painted your own horrors and rendered mine indelible. I sickened as I read. 'Hateful day when I
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