Sympathy For The Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Brandon Zakrosky Toni J. Weeden English 14 November 2017 The Monster There were several times I had sympathy for the monster in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Victor came from a privileged family and decided he wanted to play god, which is when he created the monster. It was selfish of Victor to create the monster and leave without explaining the world it. After reading this essay I think you will also have sympathy for the monster. Sympathy is when you have feelings of pity or sorrow towards someone's misfortune (Oxford Dictionaries, 1998). I had sympathy for the monster several times throughout the book. The first time I did was when he was being brought to life, “Unable to endure the aspect of the being that I created, I…show more content…
The man thought as if the monster was harming the girl, but in reality, he was saving her life. After a meeting at the glacier, a deal was proposed to Victor. If he created the monster a mate, then the monster would disappear for good. Victor came very close to completing the female mate but did not complete it. “The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended on for happiness, and with a howl of devilish despair and revenge, withdrew” (Shelly 145). One night Victor was working on the new creature but was having second thoughts about it. When he saw the creature with an ugly grin on his face peeking through the window, he destroyed the new creature. After abandoning the creature after his creation, he got its hopes up and nearly completed the monster only to destroy it. I can emphasize what it is like to be the monster in that situation. A way that the monster shows sympathy is when he is in the village. He was observing the villagers and noticed what they were going to. He showed sympathy by putting himself in their shoes. That made him want to assist the cottagers with the labor they were doing. You can only want to assist someone if you have put yourself in their shoes and thought about what it feels like to do what they are doing. Sympathy is something that is felt by everyone, it is inescapable. There were many reasons why the story of the monster can help us overcome,
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