Sympathy For Murder In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Murder is an act that is hated by all cultures, including the culture Mary Shelley lived in when she wrote Frankenstein. However, Shelley frames the violence the monster commits in a way that allows the reader to sympathize with the monster. This monster murders three people and causes the death of three others, but the reader retains sympathy for this monster due to Victor Frankenstein’s fault in the matter, his isolation due to society’s prejudice, and the fact that he begins his life inherently innocent, and repeatedly shows that he’s not just bad, but there’s also a good side to him.

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