Gcse Frankenstein

Topics: Frankenstein, Good and evil, American films Pages: 8 (3289 words) Published: May 31, 2013
Which Character does the reader have the most sympathy for: Frankenstein or his Creation? “Frankenstein” uses a writing technique that many good writers use; they allow us, the reader, to make our own decisions on who is right and who is wrong. Whoever we feel sympathy for can change our entire view on the novel, and our opinions on a range of characters and decisions they take, as well as affecting our views on certain ideologies and actions in the life we live today. It is near impossible to feel equal sympathy for both characters; this is because Shelley has written the story like that. Many novels are written in this way because they make it more interesting as the reader wants to see one character thrive and live happily while the other to live in pain; in this way novels have heroes and villains. Though “Frankenstein” does not have a hero and a villain because most readers accept that both Victor and the Creature have done wrong actions. But when a character has near no sympathy from the reader he becomes a villain and the person who tries to defeat the villain becomes the hero though the hero may have done wrong actions as well. The book is a prime example of this technique, and I as a reader think I/We have more sympathy for the Creature. There are many reasons for this which I will explain in the essay. The Frankenstein book is a well known story about a young, clever scientist who discovers that it is possible to create life via the discovery of Galvanism. Galvanism is the process where a human corpse is brought back to life by passing electric current into the muscles. Galvanism, as well as many other issues which were brought up in the story, were major issues and some are still major issues today. “Frankenstein” starts with an explorer, a sailor from Britain on an expedition to the North Pole. On his route his crew encounters a weird monster yet they do not catch it as it sleighs past. They then encounter a person, he is cold and in a near death situation. The crew brings him abroad and after time he recovers. He tells the Captain about how he got the North Pole and agrees to tell him the story. Though I feel more sympathy for the Creation, the writer has not made it so we do not feel any sympathy for Frankenstein. Both characters have points that create sympathy and anti-sympathies towards them, the main points that create sympathy for the Creature are that he was abandoned at birth and is so hideous he cannot communicate with humans, however, he murdered William and consequently Justine was executed, though both were completely innocent. For Frankenstein he created something yet did not know it would hit his life so hard and for anti sympathy he did not take responsibility for his creation. “Frankenstein” was written in the early 19th century, which was very different to the life now and one of the biggest issues was class difference. The difference between rich people and poor people, who had very low standards of living, were very different. In the 19th century, rich people owned industries and employed underpaid laborers who were forced to work under difficult conditions because there were no Unions or a Minimum Wage law; there was no protection for the poor. In Court they could not afford lawyers and, even if they could, the rich would find means to bribe the Judge and win the Case. The way that “Frankenstein” is told is an irregular one, however, it allows for different viewpoints and completely different feelings towards characters. This is called Embedded Narratives. There are three narrators and each of these narrators builds sympathy towards different characters. In each of these different narratives there are echoes and parallels ,which builds opposition towards feelings we have already built towards characters which in turn creates an inner conflict within the reader. Each narrator tells his story how he sees it, however the feelings that the narrators tell us make the story unreliable as they are...
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