The Sympathy For The Creature Frankenstein English Literature Essay

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The creature didnt have the ability to use his initiative and he wasnt as fortunate as those in the modern times, this was due to his lack of intelligence and he was also mindless. However, everyone should identify and accept the fact that the creature was created, not given the ability to cope and thus was purely a creature reacting to his environment . He had to make do with the resources he had. Frankenstein's creation also mentions the time in his past time, the day he was created:

The day of his awakening the monstrous creature was subjected to beatings by the villagers, the hideous wretch had limited understanding of the world but acknowledged the hatred surrounding the villagers. They disapproved of his unbearable appearance and, as a result, he fled the village and escaped into the wilderness.

The creature is left bewildered, abandoned and everyone resented his hideous features . He describes his tragic life in the forest: 'I had covered myself with some clothes, but these were insufficient to secure me from the dews of the night.'

He has become intimidated, forced to live in the wild. He was starving, thirsty and the coldness of the night froze his body. In Chapter 11 the wretch refers to an incident he suffered during the night:

He has a childish imagination and he becomes curious, pushing his hand over the flickering flame the brightness attracts him. Although he withdraws his hand rapidly he endures a great deal of pain from the burn. The creature craved the possibility of affection but all of humanity discarded him as waste, just how Frankenstein also rejected him. If Frankenstein had devoted himself to his creation and educated him, the filthy wretch wouldn't have performed such foolish acts as this.

Furthermore in Chapter 15 Mary Shelley gain encourages the reader to feel sympathy for the creature. The creature states his satisfaction and delight when he stumbles upon some books:

The creature acquires the ability to read and speak the country's native language. He also truly admired these books as if they were treasures and they also kept him occupied throughout the day. As he read on, he found himself similar to the character of Werther in the book, as they both suffered rejection. In a further extract the wretch explains his thoughts whilst reading this book:

He attempted to augment his knowledgeable by interrogating himself, this makes him feel more isolated and solitary. The wretch mentions a word that represents others' reactions to his appearance, 'abhorred'.

During the beginning of the story he was essentially a well tempered being. However, there were very few indications in the creature of usual amour propre, his self-esteem has completely collapsed he is unloved and undesirable.

Whilst reading the book, he begins to examine the texts carefully with great interest, but the information in the book made him feel more pathetic. He questions the way his creator created him:

A victim of human insanity, he becomes estranged from his creator and it seems to him as though his own emergence to life was accidental and unintentional. Throughout the novel the creature is regarded as a monstrosity frantically experiencing depressed emotions., suffering from intense loneliness. He is unable to show what's underneath this hideousness, but everyday he awaits the opportunity to speak to the villagers. The creature talks to Frankenstein about realising that with the more knowledge he gains the more dreadful he seems to be:

The creature comes across a family of cottage dwellers and he begins to eavesdrop, the determination of learning has made him more intelligent. He grasped the information learnt and he intends to use it to please the villagers. His one desire was to gain attention.

The wretch seeks to convince himself that he will be adored and cherished if presented the opportunity and he states his aspirations and desires:

Part of this extract relates to a story in the Bible, when God first created humanity. God first created a male and then a female. In this extract he suggests he is 'Adam' but has no Eve to fulfil his needs because he is was unaccompanied and friendless. He eventually quotes about his encountering with another farmer:

Frankenstein's creature confronted the old wise man and exchanged words sharing with him his inner emotions and feelings. The old man is compassionate, but the creature then tells Frankenstein about his encounter with Felix , the old man's son.

His anonymous kindness in assisting the cottagers by picking their crops for them at night results in him being physically beaten by the farmer. As a result he escapes back into the wilderness. He becomes completely disillusioned with humanity and into thinking the farmers would take him in, after a while he gazed into the room. He examined the room carefully and he was convinced they have fled the village. Instantly he becomes bitter lighting the cottage on fire, he departed from the forest to seek revenge on his creator. His target was his most loved ones.

The antiquated gothic themed novel represents the creature as an intelligent and knowledgeable being who considers himself an outcast this drove him to despair. Although he was neglected and abandoned he educated himself. The way he spoke became more persuasive and sophisticated during the progression of the novel this leads us to feel more sympathetic for it, he desired to be accepted and acknowledged as a human (one of them) although he is deformed he gains human qualities because he develops the ability to feel affection. Somehow once he confronts a human he immediately evokes a negative response and the actual person within is not given the opportunity to emerge people usually judge by what is on the surface , many of the actions is out of isolation and realization that he was created as an unnatural being, this caused him to become bitter, aggressive and violent developing a murderous attitude. His reign of terror has begun it appeared as though to be the only way of accomplishing his ambition of having a companion showing how it aspires to be a pleasant person.