Frankenstein's Creature Is the Character with Whom We Sympathise

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Ellie Boyce A2 English Lit Essay 'Many critics have commented that the creature is ultimately a character with whom we sympathize’ Explore Mary Shelley’s presentation of the ‘creature’ in light of this view. There are opposing arguments to this view, some believe that the creature is a vulnerable misjudged character, whose violent actions and murderous decisions are a result of his neglected creation and rejection from society. However some critics think that the creature knows his actions are immoral because of his discussion of benevolence, and that his choice to murder a child is monstrous and he cannot be sympathized with. Therefore, to begin it is known that some readers sympathizes with the monster at a very early stage, beginning at his birth/creation as he is described in a very childlike way and is immediately rejected by his ‘father’ Victor Frankenstein. ‘His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks”. Psychologically, for the reader this becomes distressing as people have an aversion to children in distress and this causes the reader to feel for the monster and sympathize with him whilst an immediate dislike for Frankenstein also begins This hatred toward Frankenstein continues, Victor Frankenstein, the creatures own ‘father’, as such, the man who gave him life, describes him repeatedly as a ‘wretch’, a’ daemon’ and a ‘monster’, As readers we get the sense that Victor is unhappy and feels crestfallen at the fact his knowledge towards life and the anticipation of creating life, did not work out as he expected, we get the feeling that if he could, Frankenstein would change the timing and the way in which he created life, this is an example of the Sublime which is a key theme from the gothic genre within this section of the novel as Victor feels an overpowering sense of power over nature, as he has
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