Examples Of Sympathy For The Monster In Frankenstein

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Drew F. Sullivan Instructor Toni J. Weeden Honors Senior English 14 November 2017 Frankenstein Research Paper While reading the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, there are many examples that make the reader feel sympathetic for the monster and his actions. During the book, the monster was portrayed as a “wretched devil” (Shelley 81), who had no remorse for any of his actions. Many times during the book I felt anger and hatred toward the monster. Saying the monster had no remorse for his actions is very true, however, as a reader I do have a level of sympathy for the monster. The monster was brought into the world by Victor, only to be shunned away and sent into the world by his lonesome. After creating the world renowned monster, Victor…show more content…
Victor, on the other hand, knowingly created the monster, and knew the challenges that came with the deed. Instead of teaching the monster the way of the world, he ran away like a coward because of the monster’s wretched appearance. “And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property” (Shelley 100). The monster was brought into the world with a blank slate only to be thrown out to the wolves with nothing. Although the monster did commit some heinous crimes, sympathy should be shown to the monster for the shear fact that from the moment his heart started beating, he was already being pushed away by the person who brought him into this world. “Unable to endure the aspect of the being i created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (Shelley…show more content…
“Shall each man , cried he, find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and i be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn” (Shelley 146). Again, the reader sympathizes with the monster knowing that he is alone and just wants a companion. Studies show that “Overall, people who spend more time with friends and loved ones are happier than people who are solitary. Feeling isolated lets feelings of insecurity and self-doubt blossom” (http://www.businessinsider.com). This study shows that people are more likely to live a happier life if they are accompanied by another being. In the story, part of the reason why the creature was so hostile and poorly viewed is because he was mostly lonely. He was brought into the world and was abandoned by his creator shortly after, and was denied a companion from victor. In reality, the creature was set-up for failure. I feel if the creature had a companion to bring him through life and teach him the ways of society, it wouldn’t have been so bad for the creature. For that reason, I have sympathy for the monster and his actions throughout the
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