Throughout kind, and tried to be “normal”;

Throughout the novel, readers are swayed back and forthbetween who they feel for the most, Victor Frankenstein, or his creation.  While at first a reader may be sympathetic forVictor, we soon learn the point of view from the monster. While this essay isabout who I as a reader sympathise for the most, I think it is a fair point tonote not to judge a book by its cover, as Victor and many others did to thecreation.

            The creation in the beginning of histale, is very much child like and ingenuous. We don’t see him as a monster thatkilled Elizabeth, but as an innocent being trying to make sense of the world. Hedoesn’t know how to read or write, and doesn’t understand language. He tells usof the simple things in life; of the sweet sounds of the thrush and blackbird,and the delightful warmth of fire. How intrigued he was by the hut he discoversin its ability to keep a floor dry, breeze out, and allow a fire to warm theplace; and while this creature is experiencing all these delights, I can’t helpbut imagine this “monster” as some naïve child seeing fire for the first time, andwith carelessness, sticking his hand into it, only to be surprisingly pained,and confused. Many children (or so I hope) would not be burned on an openflame, because of their parent’s guidance, in teaching the child that they willget hurt if they do so.

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However, the creature’s creator has abandoned him in acomplex world, and so, the creature must learn how to navigate life all on hisown.             It tugs at my heart knowing how thecreature has tried to help people, tried to be kind, and tried to be “normal”; butdespite all of his good intentions, his kindness is never noticed, only hishideous appearance- something that he can not help. After trying again andagain, the creation sadly, but I feel understandably, becomes bitter. “Believeme Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity…. you,my creator, abhorred me…. hall I not then hate them who abhor me?” (Shelly, 119)In this, he seems less like a child and more like a pre-teen, when theydiscover how cruel people can be, and how this can spiral into depression aftermany failed attempts to try and fit in and belong.

It’s sorrowful to imagine achild who doesn’t have parents to console them, much how I picture thecreation.             Inchapter 15 of the novel, a couple of turning points occur in the creatures viewon mankind. One is upon finding Frankenstein’s journal and reading the firstimpressions of his creation, and secondly, when the creature is talking to oldman DeLacey, and Felix assumes that our lead character is trying to harm theman. When the creation realises that the DeLaceys have fled because of him, herealises that his appearancewill always set him back despite his good intentions, and thus cripple his attemptsto form connections and bonds with others.

Out of frustration, hurt, and anger,a delinquent stage of the creation sets fire to the cottage. Although what hehas done is wrong, he has never been taught how to deal with these emotions orfeelings, how to let them out; and even if he had known, to who would heconsole?             Iclearly feel most sympathy towards the creation. He didn’t ask to be broughtinto this world, but takes it upon himself to learn communication skills, totry and do the right thing, understand the world he is in and tries to makeconnections despite the world working against him.

Victor caused needlesssuffering to his creation due to his irresponsibility. He states that “A new species would bless me as itscreator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being tome. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I shoulddeserve theirs (p.

80).” Victor wanted to play God, but not take responsibilityfor his actions, and thus he must endure the consequences. 

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