Review Frankenstein (PQE)

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How does Mary Shelley Make us Sympathise with the creature?


1. Sympathising with the creature

Mary Shelley wants us to understand why it must be hard to be in the situation that the creature is right now. Not having anyone to talk to or even express his feelings about this world, like a best friend, someone who looks out for him or someone he trusts. The creature is good in heart even if he doesn’t look like it. The creature’s feelings have mainly affected him by the comments he gets and how he is treated and getting shot for not doing anything. The creature’s appearance is the reason why his feelings have been hurt and that the people don’t treat him normally. Finally, people just see the creature and run away in fright; how they feel towards the creature.

The creature takes every comment into heart and when “no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food” as every little critism was like a giant explosion in his confidence which really lets him down. Having to “extract” has connotations for take away or remove which is exactly what has happened to the creature’s confidence. Mary Shelley wants us to imagine how it would have felt and knows that many of us have experienced this situation.

“Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” The creature is blames Frankenstein for the existence of himself. If he hadn’t lived, then he would have no need to suffer all the reactions from people. “Cursed creator.” He explains that there was no need what so ever creating him and it was a waste of time, questioning himself and expressing how useless he was.   

The creature wishes people would just treat him like a normal person, “I required kindness and sympathy but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.” The creature describes himself as “utterly unworthy,” as it is a sense of disbelief and disappointment as he knows it is no use and that this will never happen.

Most people judge the monster by its appearance, but there was a saying, ‘never judge a book by its cover.’ Having this abhorred appearance, he always gets unpleasant looks and comments from people. “Monster! Ugly wretch! You wish to eat me, and tear me to pieces – You are an ogre...” Most people interpret a monster like a fiction book, always big, bad and scary but most people think they always eat people. “Ugly wretch!” A very strong adjective has connotations for useless and piece of junk. A metaphor which compares him to an “ogre” with an unbearable appearance. This particular comment is heartbreaking for the monster, as he does not intend to hurt people but to help them as much as possible. “I do not intend to hurt you, listen to me.”

The creature’s appearance is something that you would expect to ugly as Frankenstein, his creator, had dug up corpses to bring this master piece to life. Frankenstein did not really care about the appearance of the creature; all he cared was that “it’s alive!”
“ ...I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...his yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed to be the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.” Mary Shelley does not make this very pleasant look and wants us to imagine us in the creature’s shoes and feel the pain and feelings of the creature.

“Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?” The creature was one of the last things people wanted to see. Imagine how it would have felt if no one wanted you or talked to you ran away because you were a monster.

To conclude, the creature might feel stressed because of his hideous characteristics. The creature can be described as lonely or unloved, rejected and extremely disappointed. The creature has gone through a lot. I sympathise for the creature because he had been let down by the humans, as he wants to connect with them. The other reason why I sympathise for the creature is because he knew it wasn’t going to happen but still attempted to connect with the humans but it went badly wrong.




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