What tones does Shelley take towards the character in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus?

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In Frankenstien, Mary Shelley's take on the two characters of Victor and the monster he created are very different, and they demonstrate the way she feels about men who try to play god with the world.  She is clearly expressing dislike for Victor, a man with a brilliant mind, yet who cannot take responsibility for the thing he unleashed on the world.  Her tone with the monster, on the other hand, is somewhat sympathetic.  The monster is behaving exactly as he was created to behave; he is ignorant of the consequences of his actions, where Victor knows exactly what he is doing. Victor knows better; he should behave better. The monster did not ask to be created; in fact, it is lonely and miserable and only wants contact with others. It does not even perceive its ugliness until mirrored in the eyes of those it approaches. Victor's ugliness is on the inside, and Shelley makes it clear to the reader that she has no respect for him and neither should we.

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