Characterization Through Voices As once said by J.B. Albano, “An educated person will listen to a story before he reacts. But a well-educated person knows how to listen to both sides of a story before he reacts.” Albano is stressing the point that most stories have multiple sides; meaning it is imperative that the listener gets both view points of the story. The only fair way to fully comprehend and give equal judgment on the story would be to listen to the each person that partook in the story and keep each point of view in mind. The use of multiple voices within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein contribute to the work as a whole because not only does the reader gather a more in-depth look at the story as a whole, but the reader can characterize each character as well. Each voice in the novel Frankenstein gives the reader the opportunity to look at the story more in-depth. When Victor speaks the reader is gaining knowledge on Victor’s life, and how he views the current situation he is in. Victor looks at everything as if he were the victim, and the monster an abomination. Upon the monster’s creation Victor realizes what he has done, “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to from” (42). Victor despises his creation and so he leaves it be to decide how to live life on its own. Through the eyes of Victor the monster is a horrid wretch and Victor expresses this upon finding out the monster has killed his brother, “Alas! I had turned loose into the world a depraved wretch whose delight was in carnage and misery; had he not murdered my brother” (60). Victor always puts himself in the position to be the victim of any situation and the monster is always the horrid one causing Victor harm. With Victor’s point of view the story from his side is revealed giving the reader more information not only about the monster, but what is happening to Victor and the ones around him. When the monster gets his turn to tell things from his point of view the reader can sympathize with it, and characterize the way it lives. The monster is not as cruel as it seems through Victor’s eyes because the monster started its life out gentle and loving. What changes the way the monster acts is all of the bad encounters it has had with humans. All the monster wants is love, and to love something back, but Victor refuses to help; after the bad encounters with humans and the refusal for a bride, the monster becomes bitter realizing it is an outcast for the human society. When the monster is speaking the reader can tell that the monster is intelligent by the way it can put the human’s culture in perspective, “I heard about the slothful Asiatics; of the stupendous genius and mental activity of the Grecians; of the wars and wonderful virtue of the early Romans--of their subsequent degenerating--of the decline of that mighty empire; of chivalry, Christianity, and kings” (112). The knowledge the monster has helps bring out the other characteristic of the monster, depression. As the monster gradually gains more knowledge it becomes more apparent that he is the outcast of society and will be lonely for the rest of his life, “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me” (101). Since its creation the monster has been alone with no one to assist it or show it how to live amongst others. Realizing it is lonely, and always has been since its creation, the monster uses the depression it has from these exact thoughts and turns it into anger. The monster becomes bitter due to the fact that it must live life alone, and the bad encounters it has with humans. Through the eyes of Victor the monster has been an abomination since its birth, but with the other narrative side of the monster, the reader can depict the true characteristics of it. Victor starts…
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This article is about the novel. For the characters, see Victor Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. For other uses, see Frankenstein (disambiguation).
or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume I, first edition
Author Mary Shelley
Genre Horror, Gothic, Romance, science fiction
Published 1818 (Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British…
Fear and Loathing in Genève
At some point in their life everyone has had a monster. It was the embodiment of everything we feared as children, some faceless entity that lived beneath our beds and waited ever patiently for our tiny feet to drop into grabbing distance. At some point we were all afraid of the dark, but as we grew older we learned that this fear was irrational. We learned that monsters, or the monsters we imagined, didn’t exist. Knowledge overcame fear…
cover in a sense applies to the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Doctor Victor Frankenstein lack of heart in leaving his creation gives the monster a bad wrap. The reader see's him as a hideous beast that has no morals, but in reality his creator is the "monster" for his neglect and carelessness towards the creature that he cared so much about until he saw that his making wasn't perfect. The structuring of the novel makes the reader believe that the monster is abominable and terrorizing because…
Vengeance of the monster was very brutal. There are many reasons people are vengeful some to prove a point to others or because they feel betrayed. In this story the monster kills to prove his point. The monster kills William and Justine, starts killing Dr.Frankensteins friends and then kills Mr. and Mrs.Frankenstein.This Shows that the monster carried out his vengeance by murdering people when he doesn’t get his way
The monster kills Dr. Frankenstein’s friends and family. The monster decides to start…
fortune that Victor Frankenstein so young in age is mentally scarred by the death of his mother forever resulting to a rapid imagination of a monster. For the sake of his own sanity, Victor expands his passion of knowledge by creating a monster within.
He secretly reveals himself as the monster by proclaiming self-accusations.
• “my own spirit let loose from the grave” (78).
• “I called myself the murder..” (181)
• “I murdered her.” (189)
• (P 145)- explain why the monster would take the locket…
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adults with the mindset of a newborn child, one would not know the difference between right and wrong and possibly even become a victim. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the monster is the true victim of the book. He is abused in multiple ways, he does nothing to warrant the unjust treatment he receives and he is forced into solitude.
The monster can be seen as the true victim because he is abused both verbally and physically. Firstly, when he tries to enter the De Lacey cottage to talk to the blind…
“In Frankenstein, the narratives seem to grow organically from one another: it is impossible to extricate the narratives from one another, as they are so closely linked and interwoven.”
Discuss the novel’s shifts in narrative perspective. What is the effect of presenting different character’s viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has a very complex narrative structure: “the narratives seem to grow organically from one another”. Within the novel…