Sympathy In Frankenstein And The Little Mermaid

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Sympathy was often used in books to help relate the readers to the characters. Often times, we only consider good characters worthy of sympathy because of hardships, osuffering and discrimination. Some examples are Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. We feel sympathy because these characters suffered in one form or another. All of these characters shared one thing in common; they were protagonists of their respective stories. But this statement was not true in Frankenstein. It was the antagonist that deserved sympathy. The monster’s pitiless and cruel treatments from others aroused our sympathy, rather than his creator; Victor Frankenstein’s suffering, for he suffered more discrimination and lack…show more content…
Often times, the monster would carry out a good and selfless deed, only to be shunned by the recipients. An example was when he tried to save a girl after she fell into a river, only to be shot in the shoulder by her companion. This was when the monster knew that no matter how benevolent he was, humans would never look beyond his appearance, for they rather let their prejudice rule over their decisions than to face an abomination. In a moment, the monster’s impression of humans changed and he desired revenge on Frankenstein for making him an abomination. If only Frankenstein had given his creation a chance, the unjust treatments would have never happened. Another reason to feel more sympathy for the monster is because of his lack of companionship. Frankenstein had his best friend, Henry Clerval, and his wife, Elizabeth. He also had his parents. Except the monster had no one. He saw how happy the De Lacey family was together, he also saw how overjoyed Felix was when Safie returned, and most importantly, he read the story of Adam and Eve. He compared himself to being like Adam, and soon he started to wonder about his own “Eve”. Thus, the monster decided to strike a proposal with his creator. “I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself; the gratification is small, but it is all that I can receive, and it shall content
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