Sympathy In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The reader's empathy for various characters shifts throughout the novel. First the reader empathises with Victory Frankenstein who is a family man and has good intentions to cure the human race of death. Then the monster narrates, which shows the reader that he is not an evil monster under his horrible appearance but an innocent and childlike creature, this makes the reader empathise with the monster instead of Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein narrates again, during which he loses his family and becomes bitter and sad, these emotions help the reader to empathise once more with Frankenstein. The novel's alternative title is the modern day Prometheus. Prometheus was a Titan from Greek mythology who made men out of clay and stole fire…show more content…
But when he creates the monster, he is uncaring and horrified at it, this contrasts to what the reader has see before this event, Frankenstein was a loving family man who had and gave deep respect. Mary Shelley uses pathetic fallacy for climatic event, an example of this is when Victor Frankenstein created the monster. "It was on the dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. Because of this constant use of pathetic fallacy, the reader can see when things are about to go wrong, like when the de Lacey's rejected The monster or when Elizabeth got killed, these events occurred in winter and stormy conditions. Winter is a time of destruction and is also when the monster got created and most of Victor Frankenstein's family got killed. This also may explain some of the monsters behaviour, because he was created in winter, the season of destruction and not spring the season of life and new beginnings his creation was unnatural and internal
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