Theme Of Transition In Frankenstein

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Explore the ways in which Shelley explores the transition of the monster between Chapters 11 and 17

In the beginning in Chapter 11, the monster is portrayed as an infant or a baby. “[He] knew and could distinguish nothing”, this demonstrates his lack of awareness for his surroundings mirroring the actions and mind-set of a new-born. They have no ability/are not alert of their capability to hear, see, speak and smell. As a result they are highlighted as vulnerable. At first the monster seems overwhelmed by the encompassing nature and landmarks. As he lay by the side of the brook, “[he] felt tormented by hunger and thirst”, at this point he is beginning to realise the basic needs and instincts that he requires in order to satisfy himself including
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After listening to his wishes and emotional toils, we begin to comprehend Shelley judging him as “monstrous” within man’s expectations. The monster parallel’s Frankenstein’s words by saying, “like the arch-fiend, bore a hell within me”, the hell within can be interpreted as the monster and is a direct reflection of the Chinese Box Narrative displaying the monster as the centre of all evil. Victor Frankenstein’s creation began to feel, “a strange multiplicity of sensations seize [him]”, recreating a scene of childbirth and the initial feelings of the new born when first being welcomed into the world. This denotes the primary stages of the monster’s alteration to monstrous. Upon meeting with Felix and being “struck violently with a stick” he became “overcome by pain and anguish, [he] quitted the cottage, and in the general tumult escaped unperceived to my hovel”. The monster appreciation of magnanimity is lost; this was the final throw of the dice in an attempt to connect with humanity but in return is greeted with physical recrimination for all his good deeds. The injustice that he suffers from is yet another mirror of Doctor Frankenstein’s rejection, confirming the point of benevolence is absent. “[He] longed to join them, but dared not”, highlighting his isolation, indecision and inner conflict because of the abhorrent treatment by the “barbarous villagers”. His repetitive plea for companionship conveys his desperate character and how he may be willing to do virtually anything to feel that link with society. Even though he suffers from ghastly treatment he continues to refer to humanity as, “superior beings, who would be the arbiters of my future destiny”, this is evidence that with his soul of eloquence he wishes to win their love. This is in bleak contrast with society’s rejection of

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