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Shelley chose to allow Frankenstein to narrate his own tale for several reasons For example a direct effect of this first person narrative is that it lets the reader into the inner thoughts of the main protagonist This allows us to pass judgement on the choices he makes the explanations he gives for them and the general way in which he considers his actions and comes to justify them However in fitting with the gothic genre of the novel the decision on whether or not to sympathise with Frankenstein can not be made easily putting the reader into an uncomfortable uncertain state of mind The clever narrative Shelley uses often creates such a feeling of ambiguity which enhances the horror we come to feel as the book progresses Whilst the fact that Shelley presents Frankensteins view first suggests she doesnt want us to totally condemn him there is also an ironic repulsion we sometimes feel towards him because of the views that he expresses so confidently despite his attempts to gain sympathy In this respect Frankensteins narration is often more telling of himself than he actually realises Throughout chapters one to five we learn of Frankensteins excuses as he tries to situate the blame on many different influences on his life conveniently avoiding that of his own human error One such influence that we learn about is the effect that his father and family had on the way he was brought up Frankenstein seems to suggest that his childhood was rather sheltered and mundane and as a result of this he was subconsciously driven to seek out adventure and the unknown He was very much steered throughout his childhood and Frankenstein uses very figurative language to express this- I was so guided by a silken cord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment for me This offers a stark contrast with the way in which Frankenstein treated his creation The use of the word
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