In the beginning of the story, Elizabeth who was adopted daughter of Victor Frankenstein’s parents falls ill to a deadly illness, which is called scarlet fever. Victor Frankenstein’s mother nurses Elizabeth, and she finally gets better; however Victor Frankenstein’s mother contracts the illness with fatal consequences. Victor Frankenstein becomes very upset when his mother dies. This event make Victor Frankenstein very determined to study and become a doctor and preserve life. Victor Frankenstein goes to a university in Ingolstadt to study.
He seems to be in two minds about his, “departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events”, because he feels guilty about leaving the house of mourning so soon but he is very eager to study. When Frankenstein begins his study at the university, he becomes interested in bringing people back to life. He becomes so interested that he convinces himself that he could revive a dead human being back to life, “one of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and indeed, any animal endued with life. ”
The next part of the story is when Victor Frankenstein creates the creature and he tries to bring him to life by using electricity, “I collected the instruments of life around me, might I infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing .” Once the creature gains life, Victor Frankenstein describes the creature as a “demon” and a “wretch”. Frankenstein can only see what the creature looks like on the outside and so believes the creature is evil, ” How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?
” Mary Shelley makes the reader feel sympathy for the creature by the way see the way the monster was made this fill us full of horror because the way he was made is completely unnatural “I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animals to animate the lifeless clay” This make u feel that the monster was born out of pain and horror.
Another way Mary Shelley make feel sympathy for the creature is the way she describes the place the creature was made as no one should be brought in to the world in a place like that “In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creations” Some readers may gain sympathy towards the monster as Frankenstein refers to the monster as filthy as may mean filthy as physically filthy or mentally filthy.
One of the biggest ways that Mary Shelley gains sympathy for the creature is the way she describes him, this tells the reader how ugly he is and it also tells the reader what Frankenstein thinks of him “His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and following; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but seemed almost the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.
” The description Mary Shelley uses gives the image that the creature is evil although the creature’s personality is pleasant. Also this is how Frankenstein sees the creature as Frankenstein should be a farther figure and towards the creature he should help the creature to learn about the world instead he is disgusted by what he has created also and only see what the creature looks like not how the creature is inside and so he believes the creature is evil.
One other way is the way that Frankenstein flees his creation “The miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtains of the bed; and his eyes, if they maybe called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out seeming to detain me, but I escaped and rushed down the stairs. I took refuse in the courtyard belonging to the house, which I inhabited.
” This makes you feel sympathy towards the monster because Frankenstein should be like a father towards the monster and help him through the early stages of his life but instead he abandons him leaves him to survive on his own. Probably the monster feels frightened, and confused, as he is like a newborn baby unaware of anything also not knowing anything. Uneducated, Victor Frankenstein’s creation is forced to fend for itself, and find food, even he doesn’t know how to or what food is.