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In the novel ‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley Portrays a Monster. The view

of the monster is hideous. In the beginning he was childlike, kind and

helpful but with the time he gains knowledge he becomes miserable.

Mary Shelley writes about the monster to express her views about

knowledge and the changes it can bring.

In the 19th century with the industrial revolution there were negative

effects. At the time there was a lot of development in Science and

technology causing people unsettled. The people died because diseases

spread. When people felt unsettled they wanted to know why are these

changes happening so, they turned towards religion or the

supernatural. That’s why stories about supernatural became popular.

Frankenstein’ is one of the typical examples of that time which

portrays the effects of these changes.

As we read more we get to know that Victor Frankenstein described the

monster when he first came alive. The monster was ‘hideous’ with his

‘yellow eyes’, ‘pearly white teeth’ and ‘scarcely skin’. Here Shelley

wants us, as readers, to be repulsed by what we see. She wants us to

know that knowledge is dangerous: the monster is a symbol of Victor’s

knowledge to the monster by running away. This Quote “I rushed of the

room, and continued a long time transversing my bedchamber”, shows

that Victor is distressed by his creation.

As we readed more we observed that the monster is described as

Childlike, for example, when he came across the fire and was excited

by it’s ‘warmth’. Here Shelley is telling us that the monster has

started to feel his senses. He is naïve and we feel sorry for him.

Mary Shelley then introduces the monster as a narrator because she

wanted us to know the truth, in ...

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... the girl’s friend injured him because

he thought that the monster is hearting her. The monster remained in

Switzerland with his pain and agony for a couple of days. Then he

reached Geneva after all. We feel that the knowledge has turned the

monster into an Evil. Mary Shelley wants us to know that knowledge can

be dangerous and can lead to the lowest dejection; if somebody knows a

lot about everything he can become unsatisfied.

In my conclusion I would say that the monster changes as he gains

knowledge. In the beginning he was kind and helpful, but became

dangerous and horrible as he gained knowledge. Mary Shelley describes

about the monster to create an image of those circumstance in our

head. She also tells us that knowledge can be dangerous. We feel that

the monster was innocent and Victor Frankenstein is responsible for

everything that has happened.
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