The Significance Of Mary Shelley 's ' The Monster '

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Discuss the significance of Mary Shelley’s decision to give the monster in Frankenstein an articulate voice.

This essay is going to be about Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein. In closer depth, I am going to be looking at and analysing the significance of the voice that was given to Frankenstein’s creature by Shelley. I will be looking at the multiple reasons Shelley has given the creature his voice by looking at scenes and quotes within the novel and using secondary sources to back up and add to my points that I will be making within this analysis.
The first words that are uttered by Frankenstein are “I expected this reception”. By this point in the novel our impressions of the creature are that he has caused horror and terror for the Frankenstein family by murdering two people at this point. The first being William Frankenstein, Victor’s youngest brother, who is a mere child, and Justine, who is a servant of the Frankenstein family, and was sentenced to death after the murder of William was pinned on her by the creature. By this point, Shelley has given us an image of the creature as a monster that lacks apathy, especially since universally; killing a child is one of the worst crimes that can be committed by someone. Our first meeting with the creature is in the caves. The creature goes straight into a statement about how he is “miserable” and how he feels “wretched”. The creature then goes on to fill in the blanks of what happened to him between him being animated, to…
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