Empathy In Frankenstein

Even though his family has been killed by the creature, Dr. Frankenstein only takes action against it after his last family member has been killed by it. He does so because he cannot rely on his family for emotional support, which shows that he is narcissistic, and cares more about himself than the welfare of other people. When the creature kills Dr. Frankenstein’s brother, his best friend Henry and his wife, Elizabeth, he is not motivated to take revenge because he has his father to rely on emotionally. However, after his father dies from hearing about the death of Elizabeth, he lost all his social connections so he was alone and miserable. Before the monster’s horrible acts, he could depend on his family when he was sick or depressed; but …show more content…
Hepper offers that, “Low empathy is a recognized feature of NPD [narcissistic personality disorder” (202). Because having empathy is the ability to understand other people’s feelings, and he lacks it, Dr. Frankenstein never cares to think of what might happen to the creature after he rejects it; what he cares about is that he could not bear to look at the creature, so he runs away from it. And now, Dr. Frankenstein decides to take revenge on the creature even though all of its miseries are actually caused by himself which indicates he has no empathy. Surprisingly, after Dr. Frankenstein has died, the creature pleads to him by his bed, “Oh, Frankenstein! Generous and self-devoted being! What does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me” (146)? Even though the creature knows that all its misfortunes had been caused by Dr. Frankenstein, it praises him and asks for his forgiveness. This is a contrast between the “monster” and Dr. Frankenstein: while Dr. Frankenstein is obsessed with revenge against it, the creature seems to already have forgiven Dr. Frankenstein for what he has done to it. This further demonstrates Dr. Frankenstein inability to care about others, and share caring feelings with …show more content…
Frankenstein who creates a creature out of his selfish thirst for success, and how his irresponsibility regarding the creature leads to deadly consequences not only for him but people around him. Also, Dr. Frankenstein’s selfish acts throughout the whole story indicate that he is actually the “monster”. On the contrary, the creature who is referred to as “monster” by people in the story is actually a kind-hearted victim of Dr. Frankenstein’s scientific ambition. Ultimately, it is easy to tell that Shelly’s goal is to convey the message that people should take responsibility for what they have done, and be ready to deal with every consequence of such. Moreover, many readers might feel sympathy for the creature in the story because of its miserable experience that is strongly related to its monstrous appearance, which leads to it being isolated from people. Further even today, people still judge others by their appearances. They tend to be nicer to those whose physical appearances are beautiful, while being indifferent, to those who do not have good physical appearances. However, important to remember that people who might have nice appearances do not always have good virtues, while on the contrary, people who appear “ugly” might have “beautiful hearts”. Therefore, people should try to look beyond others’ appearances, and judge them instead by their

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