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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, how does the creator’s feeling

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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, how does the creator’s feeling
towards the monster change throughout the novel?

The author of the famous book ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley came from
the rarefied reaches of the British artistic and intellectual elite.
While Mary Shelley drew her inspiration from a dream, she drew her
story's background about the nature of life from the work of some of
Europe's well-known scientists and thinkers. The sophisticated
creature that billowed up from her imagination read Plutarch and
Goethe, spoke eloquently, and suffered much.

In the summer of 1816, nineteen-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
and her lover, the poet Percy Shelley (whom she married later that
year), visited the poet Lord Byron at his villa beside Lake Geneva in
Switzerland. Stormy weather frequently forced them indoors, where they
and Byron's other guests sometimes read from a volume of ghost
stories. One evening, Byron challenged his guests to each write one
themselves. Mary's story, inspired by a dream, became Frankenstein.

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, She brings up some important issuies,
which are still very, if not more relevant today. Playing god is one
of these issues in Frankenstein. Playing god is still very relevant
today as we are at the technological age where creating man can be
done by the idea of cloning, and experiments have already been
performed on sheep. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it tells you that
terrible things can happen by creating man and gives Mary Shelley’s
views on the idea of creating life. Frankenstein also known as the
modern Prometheus; tells the story of a scientist, Victor Frankenstein
whose ambition takes him to create man which has dramatic consequences
for him and his family. In Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ the creator,
Victor Frankenstein feelings change throughout the novel towards the
monster, in this essay, I will explain and expand on what Victor feels
about the monster.

At the beginning of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, Victor has a thirst
for knowledge and is very curious about the human body “earnest
research to learn the hidden laws of nature.” The hidden laws of
nature is victor saying he wants to know how humans were built, like
the dna code which hadn’t known by scientist in the Victorian era.
However later on after his mother death of scarlet fever “My mother
sickened; her fever was accompanied by the most alarming symptoms,”
Their wasn’t a high chance of survival rate if you caught scarlet
fever in the time ‘Frankenstein’ was set. So the way Mary Shelley’s
uses ‘alarming’ suggests that it’s almost certain that Victor’s mother
will die. Victor’s thirst turns into ambition, as he wants to cure the
world of illness. “ Wealth was an inferior object; but what glory
would attend the discovery, if I could banish diseases from the human
frame.” Mary Shelley in this part of the novel makes little hints
about what’s going to happen in the future to victor. “ An omen, as it
were, of my future misery.” This type of writing gets the reader to
read on because they want to know what bad thing will happen to

Victor believes that if he can bring people back to life he can stop
people dying which will eventually help him rid the world of illness,
this is the first time he contemplates creating the monster. Victor
does have some doubts about creating the monster, “but my enthusiasm
was checked by my anxiety.” However, his determination to cure and
create life; as well as his ambitious nature drives him to ignore
these important issues and create the monster anyway regardless of
what the consequences may be.

The setting the night victor Frankenstein created the monster was
“dreary night of November” it was raining steadily “the rain pattered
dismally against the panes.” Mary Shelley sets the scene like this to
try to make the reader read on and interested, Mary Shelley uses words
like “dreary” and “dismally” to create a negative image of what is
happening. Mary Shelley also describes the scene like this because it
creates good atmosphere, which helps to try to scare the reader.
Another way she builds up the atmosphere is by describing the monster
in little a bits and only gives a faint description of what the
monster looks like “ dim yellow eyes of the monster” and “watery eyes
that almost seemed the same colour as their dim white sockets.” This
scares the reader a lot more then if it was described accurately and
if every little last detail was described. The technique that Mary
Shelley uses is a lot more effective and also lets the readers
imagination create the image of the monster, so everyone’s idea of
what the monster looks like will be different, thus scaring the reader
more. Mary Shelley’s trys to give the impression that the monster is
evil, she shows this by setting the scene the monster is created on a
dark winters night when the moons out. Mary Shelley sets the scene
like this because at the time when it was written the full moon and
dark nights were associated with dark evil things and witchcraft.

At the start of chapter V, Victor Frankenstein feels happy and
believes the monster is “beautiful” as he has achieved a sense of
ambition, however his happiness soon turns to feeling distraught as he
realizes what he has created; “ the beauty of the dream vanished” this
shows that after the monster is created he doesn’t think it’s a good
idea as before. He had not created a human being which will help cure
the world of diseases instead it’s a monster which could destroy human
life. “ I behold the wretch-: the miserable monster that I created.”
The consequences of what victor has created floods back to him “ it
became a thing such as even Dante could not conceive” Dante is also
known as the devil, which means victor is saying the monster is evil
not even the devil would create something so evil! Victor is
distraught over this abomination he cannot sleep and falls extremely
ill “ I remained for the rest of the night walking up and down in the
greatest agitation. Mary Shelley’s use of wording skills here implies
that Victor is very apprehensive about what he’s done and doesn’t know
what to do about it this is shown by the phrase “greatest agitation”

Later on in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein After victor has recovered
from his illness, he is only happy for a short period of time as
something terrible happens and that is when William his younger
brother dies. “ I discovered my lovely boy………stretched out on the
grass livid and motionless: the print of the murderers fingers on his
neck.” The language Mary Shelley uses in this chapter involves the
reader by trying to let them guess who the murderer is, thus making
the reader want to read on to see if thy are right. To add to this
great sadness and torment Justine, Victor’s friend is accused of
murdering William; “ indeed who would credit that Justine Moritz who
was such an amiable and fond of all the family could suddenly become
cable of such frightful and appalling crime.” Even though Victor knows
the truth that the monster he created killed William not Justine there
is nothing he can do about it. “ Which might have staggered anyone who
not had such proof of her innocence.” Victor is saying that he knows
it wasn’t her that committed the crime but no one else will believe
her because they don’t know about the monster. After watching Justine
die, victors feeling change from being sad to murderous outrage
towards the monster for doing this. He is desperate to kill the
monster “I certainly wished to extinguish that life which I so
thoughtlessly bestowed” The word extinguish shows he wants to get rid
of the monster permanently, forever! Another point where his feelings
change towards the monster is when the monster asks him to create a
companion for him. Victor at this stage is determined not to make
another monster “ shall I create another like yourself, ….. you may
torture me but I will not consent” This shows how determined victor is
not to create another monster by The way Mary Shelley uses such
powerful words such as “torture” these means if Victor was tortured to
extreme lengths he still would not create another monster. Because
Mary Shelley shows that Victor is determined not to create another
monster, this shows the reader that he also must feel guilty about
creating the monster in the first place. You can tell Victor also
feels guilty “ the demonical corpse which I had so miserably given
life” this shows he feels guilty for giving the monster life. Victors
feelings change again after his newly married wife, Elizabeth dies “
the murderous mark of her fiends grasp was on her neck… while I hung
over her in agony of despair.” Victor feels heartbroken, as he could
have stopped this from happening because the monster said he would
come; but Victor thought for him. Mary Shelley’s idea is perfect as it
is a good twist, which would make the reader, read on and creates a
nice finishing touch. Victor’s sadness and unhappiness doesn’t last
very long “the deep grief…. quickly gave way to the rage and despair.”
This is because this last thing sends victor over the top and is
hell-bent on revenge for the monster, this is shown by the word
“rage” which means Victor is extremely angry.

Victor Frankenstein feels all these different emotions because of the
situations he gets into. Victor’s emotions reflect the situation, when
his wife dies he would feel sad because it was someone he liked and
loved. Mary Shelley shows Victor to have these emotions to make her
character more believable. For example, when Victor finally loses it
with the monster and desperately wants to kill him after his wife has
been killed by the monster, this is what a real person would be
thinking, in that situation. Mary Shelley tries to make the characters
like this so the reader can feel in touch with them and know how they
I thinking as if they were real life. This is what makes Mary Shelley
such a good writer by the way she can show characters emotions and
actions accurately. At the time of when the book was set it, people
were trying to understand and experiment with science. Scientists were
cutting up bodied to learn about the human body. Victor only took it
one step further by trying to create human life, if hadn’t tried it
and succeeded I’m sure someone else would have of. Also looking at
Victor’s frame of mind he was going through some dramatic times.
Scarlet fever devastated his family by nearly killing his sister and
actually killing his mother, so he was desperate to cure these
diseases and he though if could create human life he could learn how
to create these diseases. On the other hand, he knew it was wrong to
meddle with such things and knew of the consequences, which could
happen. It was against the law anyway and his ideas would have been
dismissed if he asked about creating life at the university he was at.
Also if he was that grief stricken by the death of his mum he wouldn’t
have made it through university. Overall I thing it was a bad idea to
look create a monster as Victor clearly knew of the risks involved
but he carried on regardless.

After studying ‘Frankenstein’ text in depth, I have come to the
conclusion that Victor Frankenstein feels many different emotions
throughout the novel such as, anger, sadness, happiness and
guiltiness’. Mary Shelley unique talent in writing great books such as
Frankenstein is the way she can portray characters emotions and
feelings extremely well.

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