Sympathy For Frankenstein Essay

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Sympathy for the Devil is a concept most people of lesser intelligence cannot comprehend. Sympathy should be the first thing one thinks when the primary character in Frankenstein, the unnamed result of Victor Frankenstein’s laborious task in the opening chapters of the novel, is mentioned. The “monster”, we shall call him, came into the world as innocent as a newborn babe; he had neither been corrupted by the wickedness of man, nor tainted by the animalistic savagery of nature. When the monster realizes the inherent destitution of the elementary components of human happiness he has been brought into the world with, his disposition is corrupted. It is because of his lack of the love of a family, the security of belonging, and a creator watching over him that he is driven to a bitter perspective towards his existence. Sympathy is warranted towards the monster’s plight, as any rational being can understand the misery of a creature in such miserable circumstances. The monster deserves our sympathy because he is a victim of circumstance.
Most humans now living were brought up by a parent or guardian. Rarely is a human left to his own devices to raise himself from childhood. It would certainly be an unpleasant experience, having no protector, no one to care for you, no one to help you discover the emotions humans are capable of feeling. Sympathy is well deserved to any creatures that are thrust into the world with no guidance, left to learn the cruelness of the world on their own. Victor abandons his creation, which is comparable to a mother abandoning her child. “Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, they creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” (Shelley 89) The monster is saying to Victor that it is his responsibility to care for the monster as long as he is alive, comparable to a human child and parent’s bond. The miserable state of mind the monster is driven to is the same anguish felt by a human abandoned by their parents, mainly, loneliness, confusion, and he is certainly scared. He is lonely because he has no one to look out for him. Is sympathy not justified for he who is utterly alone in this world, who is scared and has no shoulder to lean on. Any decent person would see that the monster is clearly deserving of our sympathy. “I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me...” (Shelley 89) The monster was originally a kind, loving being with only good thoughts. He was driven to his condition through his miserable circumstances, however. Because his creator abandoned him, he seeks revenge, which snowballs into the perceived evils the monster carries out. You may say the monster killed William because the monster is evil; however, the monster only killed William to strike a blow at his creator, and he only wishes to bring his creator down to the misery the monster feels, because of his creator’s actions. “...from you I...

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