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The True Villain In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The True Villain in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelly is best known for her chilling Gothic horror tale
"Frankenstein". The story is world famous and is still relevant today.
There are two main characters in the novel. There's the young
ambitious student playing god which is Victor Frankenstein who's
finding the secret of giving life and there's the gentle hearted,
gruesome monster who must hide from society because of his appearance,
but who is the true villain and which character do we have the most
sympathy for?

Victor Frankenstein may possibly be seen as a hero for many reasons
also most important of all why do we feel sympathy towards ...view middle of the document...

On the night of the creation,
Frankenstein is the first person to reject the inanimate body when he
had finished he says "I had finished, the beauty of the dream
vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to
endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room
and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose
my mind to sleep". This tells us that although all the hard work and
effort that he has put into his dream Frankenstein has seen the wrong
in his experiment and cannot sleep peacefully due to the horror in his
thought. Frankenstein could be seen as a hero for realising straight
away that his ambition his dream was totally wrong. The reader feels
sympathy towards Frankenstein as he is unable to sleep due to the
horror in his thoughts and because of this he falls really ill. He
feels extreme remorse when he finds out what he had done and loses his
entire family and friends. We know Victor Frankenstein is feeling
extreme remorse because he says "I called myself the murderer of
William, Justine and Clerval". The reader feels sympathy towards
Frankenstein as he is losing his entire family and friends after
making his creation. Victor Frankenstein's past is catching up with
his present as the mistake he made in his past which now cannot be
corrected. Victor Frankenstein could be seen as a hero for seeking
vengeance from the monster for the murderers of his family and friends
and we know this because after William's death Frankenstein meets the
monster and he says "Devil I exclaimed do you dare approach me? And do
not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable
head?" After the monster and Victor meet after William's death the
monster starts to tell Frankenstein why he did it then Victor realises
where he had made his mistake and realises what his responsibilities
towards the monster was and we know this because he says "I had
hitherto supposed him to be the murder of my brother, and eagerly I
sought a confirm-duties of a creator towards his creature were, and
that I ought to render him happy before I complained of his
wickedness". There is another reason why Frankenstein could be seen as
a hero he says I ought to render meaning give him happiness in return
so Victor here wanted to give the monster some happiness before he
complained. Victor Frankenstein did not create a second monster as he
now was well aware of the consequences of creating life. Victor could
be seen as hero for telling Walton not to follow his ambition as he is
endangering his own life as well as his crew and that his dangerous
dream could end in a tragedy like himself. Victor Frankenstein travels
all the way to the Artic to destroy the monster and save humanity in
isolated with extreme temperatures. Victor Frankenstein ends up dead

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