Do you feel sorry for Victor in Frankenstein?

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Do you feel sorry for Victor in ‘Frankenstein’?

Victor Frankenstein is the main voice in the novel ‘Frankenstein’ by Pat Barker, and is a complex character. On the one hand, I feel sorry for Victor as he spent two lonely years dedicating his hours to making this monster, even becoming ill because he became so focused on his project that he didnt look after himself properly. Therefore, its clear he had high expectations of the monster from the line “No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs”. Thus giving the impression that by giving life to the monster, Frankenstein beleives once its alive it should and will worship him as a master. However these high expectations prove to be a stark contrast to what utter disappointment and fear he feels when faced with the reality of the monster coming alive, and this makes me feel sorry for him as he must feel as though he wasted so much time and effort for nothing. His dreams for so long had been focused on the monster being beautiful once completed, and when actually the monster opens its eyes for the first time it is so ugly and terrifying that even he its creator runs from it.
I also feel sorry for Victor when he finds out that Frankenstein killed his brother. As he single handedly created Frankenstein and then tried to forget that he had once it had ran away, he would feel fully responsible for Williams death. This guilt was then magnified once Justine was convicted of the murder, when Victor knew that it was the monster who had really done it. As the situation gets worse for Victor we sympathise with him as he must also feel responsible for Justine’s death and her being executed for something she didnt do. He could not admit that she didnt do it unless he admits he created a monster who killed his own brother, and he felt that no one would beleive him anyway. Effectively, Frankenstein has unintentionally been a huge factor in causing two murders of people close to

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