Frankenstein Essay

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Why is it that in almost every story told of good versus evil, the protagonist is hailed as the hero who vanquished the heartless villain? Yet no one ever cares to think of the antagonist at a personal level, and actually try to understand what they are feeling. In Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creation commits crimes that portray the creature as an evil and immoral being, and based solely on its actions the reader cannot help but hate the creature to a certain degree. However in this story the reader is allowed to know what is happening within the mind of the creature and is able to find reason behind its actions. Knowing the origin of the creature’s feelings, ...view middle of the document...

But Mary Shelley did not want the reader to side with just one character and hope the worst for the creature. She wanted people to understand that the creature was not an evil creature, though its actions would show otherwise, the creature was a loving and sympathetic being. “My heat was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy; and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change, without torture such as you cannot even imagine.” (Shelley 164) Though the creature performed such atrocious murders, such as the strangling of Henry Clerval, Frankenstein’s best friend, it was doing this against its own moral, which was to be a gentle and caring being. The reader watches the creature become trapped and consumed by the same hatred that it has received by so many other people
Throughout the story the creature wandered around the country with the naivety of a small child, becoming fascinated by such simple things like fire. “One day, when I was oppressed by cold. I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again...

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