Reader's Sympathies in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Reader's Sympathies in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein "Frankenstein" a gothic horror, written by Mary Shelley in 1818, can be interpreted as a subtle autobiography; whose narrative reflects on the characters throughout the story. It was written at the time where the Romantic period replaced the age of reason, the time where dreams and ideas replaced logic and science. The two main characters in the story, Victor and the monster are used as metaphors for this. Shelley uses them to make social and personal comments about the time when the book was written. Shelly's mother died only nine days after her birth. At the beginning of the novel, Victor's mother dies and Safia also has no mother. Walton's diary is 9 months long being the time it takes to have a baby. Before she wrote the book she lost many children. Shelly had a lonely life, hardly spending any time with her father and losing her husband after a short marriage; Victor shows signs of being a bad parent when he abandons his creation. After Shelley eloped with her lover, Percy Shelley in 1814, they travelled the continent together; Walton travels all over the world and Safia travels far with her father. Shelley also stayed in Geneva; Victor's family home is here. There is a relationship between Shelly's life and the characters; Victor's father was against his studies and refused to support him, Victor's father did not understand or accept his way of thinking. Shelley spent most of her childhood writing. Victor and the monster were born and raised in very different ways, the latter by nature and the former by nurture. Victor was brought up by his parents with his siblings in his fam... ... middle of paper ... ...asty after confrontations with various characters and especially after killing William After this reader's sympathies are no longer with the monster because he has stopped showing the characteristics, which he was before. Victor never did anything intentionally evil, but as a result of his life, he killed his family and brought misery to his life. At first the feelings of sympathy lie with Victor, but his isolation and tragedy were self-inflicted. By the end of the novel, Victor becomes increasingly like his creation; a monster. The creature, despite killing William, has learnt many human qualities, from longing for love and companionship to anger and hate. It is difficult to balance who is more human but by the end of the novel, the sympathies lie with both characters as both their lives ended in isolation and misery.
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