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shkr27 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM via web

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Monster & DeLacey Family Question...?

In a piece of literature, the author often creates parallel circumstances among characters and situations to create emphasis. WHY Does Shelley draw such parallel between the DeLacey family and the creature...?

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

Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Mary Shelly does create parallel circumstances between the characters of her novel Frankenstein. Perhaps one of the parallels most ignored is the one created between the DeLacey family and Victor's monster.

This parallel is created through the experiences both share. The old man, Mr. DeLacey, is blind. Through the loss of this one sense, he is required to depend upon his others. The monster, like DeLacey, is challenged as well. His lack of language forces him to be unable to communicate. It is only through his watching of the DeLacey family that he is able to learn to speak. This lack of language allows the reader to sympathize with him in the same way that they sympathize with the old man.

Another way that the family and the monster are similar is the fact that both seem to be separated from the rest o0f the world. The family lives together apart from the rest of civilization. The monster, through no fault of his own, must live the same way. Both the monster and the family have been alienated.

The reasoning for these parallels is to allow the reader to find sympathy for the monster. By parallelling him with the DeLacey's a reader can see that he is not so different. This is very important given Shelley seems to want readers to empathize and sympathize with the monster. Without paralleling him with the DeLaceys, a reader cannot see his "human side."

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