FRANKENSTEIN – Book Report/Review Example
FRANKENSTEIN In a reflective analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, it becomes evident that the monster in the novel, unlike in many horror stories, is given a voice, a tale locked away in the very center of the novel. Mary Shelley has been effective in invoking feelings of sympathy for the monster though her innovative literary techniques. Thus, the novelist has been able to create sympathy for the monster by making the readers pity the monster’s despicable existence as well as by making them realize the reasons behind his violent and cruel actions. The readers feel pity for the monster as the novelist helps them identify with his feelings and reactions though the narrative technique used in the novel. Through her various narrators, Shelley makes the reader sympathize with the monster who also narrates his adventures in some of the chapters of the second section. The novelist also makes use of strong and evocative language when describing the physical appearance and the feelings of the monster. The novelist also creates very dramatic settings and motifs with which the monster is associated and they add to the readers’ sympathy for the creature’s lonely existence. Through the language used in the novel and the narrative technique of the book, the novelist makes the readers sympathize with the monster as it is the monster that has been a prey to the odd desires of Frankenstein. “‘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!’” (Shelley, 204) While the author succeeds in providing reasonable justification of the actions of the monster through the various narrators of the novel, Shelley also gives it a voice and a tale locked away in the very center of the novel which is unlike many horror stories. These techniques have contributed to the reader’s sympathy towards the creature and its actions rather than sympathizing with the creator of the monster. In conclusion, unlike many horror stories, the monster in Frankenstein is given a voice, a tale locked away in the very center of the novel, and his story incites the sympathy of the readers.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. G. and W.B. Whittaker. 1823. P 204.