In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley creates both sympathy and repulsion for the monster. She does this because of her influences in her like. One of her main influences is her father, William Godwin, a thinker and a writer. He believed, and you will see this in the novel ‘Frankenstein’ that all humans are born good and are good by nature and it is only society and the way that they are treated by society that makes them bad or evil. Mary Shelley strongly agreed with and believed in this and it comes across very strongly in Frankenstein.
She creates sympathy and repulsion for the monster by making him a complex character. She makes the monster into a complex character by making him into a complex character. She makes the monster into a complex character by mixing his inhuman monstrous characteristics with very human needs and wants. This means that although we are repulsed by his looks and the way he is portrayed we also feel sympathy for him as we can see ourselves needing things such as shelter, food and warmth. The first time that we feel repulsion to the monster is when he is firsat born and Frankenstein describes him for the first time:
“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips. ” This makes us conjure up a mental image of the monster in our mind. We carry on being repulsed by the monster throughout chapter five.
We are repulsed when Frankenstein says things like: “I beheld the miserable wretch whom I had created. ” And “The daemonical corpse to which I had so miserably given life. ” We soon, however, in chapter eleven start seeing things from the monster’s perspective, when he starts telling the story. The first quote is when the monster explains how he was rejected by a shepherd: “He turned on hearing a noise; and, perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and, quitting the hut ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly seemed capable.
” This creates sympathy for the monster because he has already been rejected by his creator and now he has been rejected by a total stranger, for no other reason that his looks. We also feel sympathy for the monster when he says: “I was enchanted by the appearance of the hut. ” We feel sympathy for the monster when he says this because he appears to have a childlike amazement at petty things. We then start to Mary Shelley developing the monster into a complex character when he says:
“I greedily devoured the remnants of the shepherds breakfast, which consisted of bread, cheese, milk and wine; the latter , however, I did not like. ” Here we see how he has the human characteristics and need for food and refreshment and likes and dislikes. This makes us feel happy almost for him because we are glad that he has eaten and is more cheerful. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.