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ttt12 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:17 AM via web

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How do Victor's actions make him a less sympathetic character when compared to the Creature?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 10, 2011 at 6:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor Frankenstein, in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, can be seen less sympathetic character than his creature.

When Victor first lays his eyes on the creature he is so horrified that he flees his laboratory/ flat.

I beheld the wretch—the miserable monster whom I
had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks.

Here is where Victor first sets up the reader so as to hate and despise the monster. Victor is horrified by the monster and wishes the readers to be as well given his description.

When the monster and Victor first speak, Victor, again, wishes readers to hate the monster.

“Devil,” I exclaimed, “do you dare approach me? and do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! and, oh! that I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so
diabolically murdered!”

Victor brings up the fact that the monster has killed. Typically, "people" who have murdered are not thought of or sympathized with at all.

It is not until the monster tells Victor, and readers, of his life to this point. Here is where readers begin to sympathize with the monster over Victor based upon the fact that the monster feels abandoned by Victor. Readers tend to feel sympathy for the monster based upon the fact that he has been both abandoned by Victor and society as a whole. The monster has no place in life, or in the world.

Therefore, the tides change when it comes to sympathizing with either Victor or the monster. Readers must choose if they feel more for Victor who has brought forth a monster or for the monster who is simply searching for happiness. In the end, many choose to sympathize with the monster given Victor is responsible for giving it life, forcing it to murder, and failing to make it in society.

 

 

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