Sympathy For The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Shawn Connolly
Toni J. Weeden
Honors Senior English
8 November 2017
Frankenstein Research Paper Frankenstein’s monster has many varying opinions from around the world. Some believe he deserves sympathy, others believe he is damned, and wretched. Whether or not the reader feels sympathetic towards the creature, there is still a lot to be learned from his experiences throughout the novel. The definition of sympathy: feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else 's misfortune. I feel these emotions towards the creature because of the circumstances in which he was created. Although I do not support his actions, I can see why the creature turned to violence and darkness. The creature fell into the expectation of what everyone thought he was. He was fed up with the mistreatment, and humans jumping to conclusions. While he did kill Victor’s brother, this all may have been avoided if Victor did not abandon his own creation. “Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer! I could not doubt it. The mere presence of the idea was an irresistible proof of the fact.” (60.)
In the chapters where the creature is explaining things from his perspective, I believe the reader really gets a feel for his humanity. The creature has a conscious mind, feelings, ability to learn, and for the most part, the same anatomy. The creature reminds me of an abandoned child. With no guidance or assistance, how would anyone learn morals? Parents, and in Victor’s case,
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