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How Does Mary Shelley's Narrative Encourage The Reader To Make Links Between The Personalities, Experiences And Moral Conduct Of Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein And The Creature?

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Shelly use of narrative with each of the three different characters in Frankenstein shows strong links in personality, experiences and moral conduct of each of the narrators. Being in narrative the entire book is written in first person, so anything that is written is the view or opinion of the person whose narration it is, therefore the reader cannot completely trust what is being said. Each of the characters has a main underlying desire to find friendship and love, which drives them throughout the story. The lack of companionship is something that they all lack and each of them goes about finding it, and filling the void in their lives, in different ways.
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Throughout Victor’s life the main experiences he has are based around his relationship with science, which is the only true love in his life. Victor’s creation is his personification of his love for science, both of which eventually spiral out of control.
The Creature’s personality changes drastically from his creation to his obsession for revenge. Originally the Creature has a caring personality and his only desire is for some friendship and a companion, but due to his horrific looks he is shunned by society which turns him in to the monster he is at the end of the novel. The experiences of isolation and rejection shape the Creatures personality. This desire for friendship which ends in him being a social outcast is best shown when he meets the blind father of the De Lacey family who talks to him and realises that he is a caring person. This changes when the rest of the family return and see the grotesqueness of his appearance and again he is shunned. Trying to find companionship the Creature persuades Victor to create a female for him and this leads to the final change in his personality. When seeing Victor destroy the partially made female companion the Creature sets out on a mission for revenge which eventually ends up with him killing three of Victor’s closest family and friends. Like Victor the Creatures moral conduct changes drastically throughout the story. When first made he has a very open mind of the world but is shut away in isolation from the day he is created and as soon as he is introduced to the world, and then in turn destroyed by its society, his morals dissert him and he sets out for revenge on Frankenstein and the world. Even though his actions are murderous and at first glance look evil, the reader still has sympathy for him as we are aware his moral downfall is not self inflicted.
Similar to Frankenstein, Walton has an unhealthy desire to explore the...

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