How is the Monster portrayed in chapters 11-16 of the novel

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How is the Monster portrayed in chapters 11-16 of the novel


The story ‘Frankenstein’ takes the reader through the daunting

re-animation of a creature so beyond comprehension. This

newborn-creation, degraded from birth yet mighty in spirit, plays out

his painful life in search for what is known as true ‘humanity’ but is

shown to ultimately fall to vengeance.

Mary Shelley, the author of this novel, had lived days of misery and a

life of a misfortunate nature. The figure of death had been a constant

companion to her. Many members of her family including her mother and

several children had all lost their lives to the deep sleep. Her

fantasies delved deeper into the world of restoration and resurrection

until she actually found a way to channel all these thoughts. And so

was the birth of ‘Frankenstein’.

The chapters mentioned in the title (11-16) are significant when the

subject of matter is focused on the creature. Details of the

creature’s behaviour, thoughts, feelings and actions are all

concentrated upon here and so it is relevant to point to these

chapters when referring to the creature. These are also the chapters

in which the creature itself gives its own personal views of his

miserable existence.

From reading the former chapters, the reader’s outlook of the creature

is in great contrast to what is seen by the end of the story.

Dr. Frankenstein begins with his immediate and long-term ambitions.

His professionalism in natural philosophy and chemistry urges the

reader to be almost encouraging in the creation of the monster. The

overwhelming effort and the hardships faced by the doctor is

sympathised by the reader in supporting him to even go as far as

‘playing God’’.

When the ...

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...g on to his society

and ‘belong’ somewhere. Isolation is not preferred by most. People opt

for ‘walking with the herd’. It is only a natural desire but a corrupt

society full of evil, injustice or misunderstandings does evidently

change a person away from his ‘natural’ behaviour.

I do not feel as though Mary Shelley gave much expression of fear of

science. From her biographies and life-accounts, it can be seen that

such things were not a ‘scary’ topic for her. She wanted to restore

her children if she could and she believed science was the only

possible answer. I think the general people at large felt a certain

degree of fear at science. Yet as she disregarded religion and opposed

it much as her parents had done so, she would not have seen science as

a problem. However, she may have employed the people’s fear of science

to make her story more appealing.

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