How Does Mary Shelley Manage to Create Sympathy for the Monster?

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Mary Shelley manages to create sympathy for the monster by making the monster appear harmless, the way she writes concerning the monster give you the reaction of innocence, almost as if Frankenstein is a youthful child, ignorant to the world. She reveals this to the reader by making Frankenstein the victim. This leads to significant sentiment of commiseration, helping you to relate on a deeper level towards the monster. The monster just wants to be loved, but Marys Shelley makes the reader feel two conflicting emotions. Victor has not only treated the monster with heartless emotions but has repudiated Frankenstein, this helps express your sorrow. “I beheld the wretch- the miserable monster whom I had created.” Not only does it show Victors distaste but his abandonment towards the monster, which attract pity towards Frankenstein. The way Mary Shelley uses the term “monster” to address Frankenstein only adds to the feeling of neglect created by Mary Shelley. At the beginning of chapter 5 she describe the creation of Frankenstein, the way Victor discarded Frankenstein as if only a mere tool makes the reader feel a throbbing pain. The reaction of Victor changes the role between him and Frankenstein, making Victor the monster. The way Mary Shelley has done this has shown a contrast change in character roles. There is a sense of irony as Victor is regarded as the monster in chapter 5 instead of Frankenstein. Their roles have changed as Victor is classed a monster but there is still a strong sense of sympathy towards Frankenstein. “The beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” As the reader acknowledges this it give a nauseating impression towards Victor, but also a shocking undisguised impression of hatred. In chapter 11 we learn to understand Frankenstein when he narrates his flashback. “In my joy I thrust my hand
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