Role Of The Narrator In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein; would it be incorrect to call the monster by this name? Many who’ve read the novel by Mary Shelley would snap back saying “Frankenstein is the creator/doctor; the monster is not given a name!” I would disagree, Frankenstein would be fitting for the monster because they are one in the same. Victor Frankenstein created this monster, not physically, but mentally. Reading Frankenstein allowed me to recount the importance of a narrator. Within the story, we encounter three narrators: Walton, Frankenstein, and the monster. At first, they seem reliable, but they are three intuitive, science-consumed, and outcast men. As I went deeper into the individual parts of the story told by each narrator, there are flaws and ideas that make their story seem to be missing pieces; like if someone was imagining the entire thing. Walton is the first narrator we encounter and also the last. The novel starts and ends with letters from Walton to his sister, Margaret. When Walton meets Victor he has been out exploring the arctic for quite some time, but who is to say he has not become delusional from not talking to the shipmates because they lack…show more content…
They are all alone and rely on science, but they forget the power of imagination. Victor and Walton are both going mad from the arctic and from the obsession with science and discovery. They become unreliable, only providing one side of the story. The monster adds his narrative allowing for more to be seen, but this is not the same side. Walton and Victor tell stories from how they see the outside, but the monster shows what is going on in their minds. As said in The Dark Night, “We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us,” it is too bad Victor didn’t know and it led to his life turning into chaos, leaving him lonely and ultimately
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