The Narrator In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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To correctly fully grasp and perceive a turn of events, one needs to view it’s whole record and history. Indeed, this is true in the terms of Mary Shelley’s work, Frankenstein, where there are three established narrators. Through each narrator, events within the novel are bridged which helps the reader precisely see each respective narrator’s point of view and dilemma, thus, providing a more clear picture to interpret overall. However, each narrative is naturally biased, but this helps in clearing confusion and explaining how, but moreover why certain actions within the piece occurred; hence due to this three-narrator setup, the reader becomes aware of each narrator’s individual psyche creating an omnipotent experience for the reader. …show more content…
Thus, Victor’s purpose of explaining his tale is to demonstrate to Walton what led to his demise. “You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been”. Victor believes he can help Walton through his narrative to not be as ambitious as he was. Moreover, Victor’s narrative serves to share his exclusive experiences and his overall way of thinking. Victor experiences problems that the other narrators do not face such as the death of his friends/family or even the burden of knowing that one created a monster detrimental to society. When experiencing the death of his family or friends, it shows a side that the narrative of the creature does not. It shows Victor’s compassionate side that he can care for other beings dearly. In the creature’s narrative it is the opposite were Victor is painted as an “accursed creator”. Also, the burden of creating something that harms society is only shown through Frankenstein’s text, which as well demonstrates his personal reasoning towards big decisions. “H ad I right, for my own benefit, to inflict this curse upon everlasting generations...I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of …show more content…
His purpose was simply to convince Victor to take responsibility for his creation and to eventually create a companion for him. “You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede.” Also, within his tale, the reader, like the other narratives, learns unique events from the perspective of the creature himself, which were not mentioned in Walton or Victor’s texts. This way, the reader learns why and what happened to the creature that made him to be “evil”. He shares experiences such as the reactions of mankind towards him. They all reacted the same way, either running away or attacking him. “The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons”. From mankind, he only received hatred, which causes him to turn evil. His reasoning was that since mankind treats him maliciously, even though he acts with benevolence, he would return the same behavior towards them. “The feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind”. The creature’s narrative helps exemplify to the reader that he truly was good. But the evil of mankind

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